April trucking tonnage is solid, reports American Trucking Associations

The ATA’s advanced seasonally-adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index for April, at 121.8 (2015=100) headed up 7.4% on the heels of a 2% decline in March, which came in at 113.4. Compared to April 2018, SA tonnage saw a 7.7% annual gain, which represents its largest annual increase since July 2018. Source: logistics Mgmt

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Looming AOBRD deadline could negatively impact trucking capacity

A December 2019 deadline for adopting new systems for carriers to record truck drivers’ hours of service could cause a short-term blip in capacity as truckers convert to the new system. At issue is a Department of Transportation regulation that makes Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) stricter. Come Dec. 16, carriers no longer will be allowed to deploy the Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) that were grandfathered in for the first two years of the ELD mandate. Source: logistics Mgmt

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DAT Truckload Volume Index shows continuation of ongoing volume and pricing themes in April

Data issued this week by Portland, Oregon-based freight marketplace platform and information provider DAT, a subsidiary of Roper Technologies, continued the ongoing themes of strong volumes and healthy capacity levels for spot market truckload freight, according to the DAT Truckload Volume Index. Source: logistics Mgmt

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Rough winter weather, labor talks throw YRC units for loss in first quarter

YRC reported consolidated operating revenue for first quarter of $1.182 billion and a consolidated operating loss of $31.7 million, which included a $1.6 million net loss on property disposals. By comparison in the year-ago quarter, YRC posted operating revenue of $1.215 billion and consolidated operating loss of $4.3 million. That loss included a $3.2 million net loss on property disposals. Source: logistics Mgmt

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YRC Freight Teamsters members sign off on National Master Contract

The Teamsters said that this contract raises wages, restores a week of vacation, and protects benefits. This contract covers roughly 25,000 YRC Freight workers at its YRC Freight Holland, and New Penn subsidiaries and was approved by a 60% to 40% margin. While the votes are in, the contract will not go into effect until the YRC Freight Teamsters Joint Council 40, who rejected the contract, has the required votes. Source: logistics Mgmt

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