Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Apr. 8, 2011

ryan budget | transportation investment | paul ryanRyan budget would slash growth in transportation funding
With the deadline for a budget agreement looming today, many in the transportation industry are worried of the impacts it will have on the industry. The budget resolution proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is calling for large changes that would cut at least $17 billion in transportation investment per year over the next several years. The report also focused on which modes were considered more important than others.

ATA Endorses Electronic Logging Requirement
The American Trucking Associations announced the they have officially endorsed a policy supporting federal laws and regulations that would require trucking companies to use electronic logging devices, EOBRs, to monitor driver hours of service.

Federal Agencies Step Up Import Inspections
The Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Product Safety Commission are stepping up inspections to prevent unsafe food products and consumer goods from entering the country.

New report presents a green look at NAFTA-related logistics operations
A recently released report from the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has Jeff Berman of Logistics Management looking at the new NAFTA in a different way. The report offered various findings that support a more environment friendly impact from the trucking industry.

Bill Would Allow States to Raise Truck Weight Limits
A Senate bill was introduced Thursday that would put an end to the federal freeze on changes in truck sizes and weights, allowing states to allow 97,000 pound rigs on their highways.

Index Shows Tighter Truck Capacity
The Longbow Research Truckload Barometer increased 5.9 percent in the first week of April, indicating that truckload capacity tightened and freight demand increased.

Rail Carload Volume Hits Highest Level Since Late ’08
The railcar volume at major US freight railroads was over 300,000 carloads for the week ending April 2. This was the highest rate since late 2008 or before the financial collapse that year.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst