The American Trucking Associations has again asked the US Department of Transportation and FMCSA to abandon their current proposal to change the hours of service rules following the release of new data. This data has rebutted the claim that truck-related crashes are increasing or caused by long hours of service.
The US Department of Commerce published data yesterday that showed an increase of 7.1 percent in retail sales in March compared to the same time last year. Total retail sales for the year have shown an 8.1 percent annual increase thus far. The National Retail Federation (NRF) reported that February retail sales were up 0.6 percent year-over-year.
BIMCO, the independent shipping association in Copenhagen, is worried that spot freight rates on the trans-Pacific and Asia-Europe trade lanes may not recover to sustainable levels for a while after their three month slide. They have recommended that carriers should start idling some vessels to restore freight rates over the next quarter.
The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported yesterday that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) fell 1.5 percent in February. This comes after a gain of 2.4 percent over the previous two months.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica blasted the Federal Aviation Administration’s response to a recent increase of air traffic control problems. The FAA decided to double the staffing levels at 27 air traffic control towers around the country.
– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst