Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Apr. 29, 2011

tornado damage | weather delays in trucking | transportationTornado Outbreak Destroys Truckstop, Damages Shippers Throughout the South
With the tornados and horrible weather ravaging the South, damage has been seen across the region. The debris and damage to roads and truckstops has been affecting the shipping process of many freight carriers. Serious damage occurred in Glade Springs, Virginia, where a truckstop and close to 40 freight trucks were destroyed.

Air cargo forecast dips in first quarter
The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) quarterly survey points to a significant deterioration in sentiment on the outlook for industry profitability in 2011. The bulk of those who responded expect a decrease in profitability due to fuel cost increases.

High gas prices are fueling demand for broader transportation options
As gas prices continue to increase, the public and businesses are going to start looking for alternatives. The demand for mass transit is surging all across the country, as well as many communities encouraging residents to carpool, bike or walk on occasion. Bicycling is becoming a much more popular alternative to driving, with new riders benefiting from recent investment in bike facilities and programs.

ATA, CTA Call on Government to Abandon Proposed Tanker Wetline Regulation
The American Trucking Associations and the Canadian Trucking Alliance called on the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to abandon its proposed wetline regulations. These proposals require tank trailers containing flammable liquids to be fitted with bottom damage protection devices when the residue exceeds one liter.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst