Daily Transportation and Logistics News – Feb. 21, 2011

3pl relationships | third party logistics | vested outsourcing5 Steps to improving your 3PL relationships

This is a great article about the 5 steps to improve your third party logistics relationships, put together by members of the University of Tennessee’s center for Executive Education. These steps include laying the foundation, understanding the business, aligning interests, establishing the agreement and managing the performance.

DeFazio Targets Shippers Who Delay Truck Drivers

Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced a bill that would require the Department of Transportation to regulate how long truckers are detained at docks and require shippers to pay drivers and carriers for detention.

Boehner says spending must be cut, but Senate Democrats won’t budge

An interesting article about the budget battle between both government parties. This article shows the contrasting arguments, rather than favoring one side of the debate. Hopefully, a resolution can be found soon.

Shipper Says HOS Changes Would Hike Transport Costs

The proposed changes to the Hours of Service rules could cause transportation costs to rise anywhere from 1 to 3 percent. This could cause huge problems for large shippers, which could mean a rise of hundreds of millions of dollars in transportation spending for some.

House Reintroduces Safe & Efficient Transportation Act

House Reps. Mike Michaud and Jean Schmidt have reintroduced SETA to increase the federal weight limits on Interstate Highways. This new bill would give the option to each state to set interstate weight limits of up to 97,000 pounds, compared to the current limit of 80,000 pounds.

LaHood Gives Florida One Week to Find Rail Options

Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood has given Florida one more week to salvage the efforts for the Tampa to Orlando project. If the projects are not salvaged, the funding will be sent to other states, most notably California.

– Ben Dundas, Web Analyst