Daily Transportation and Logistics News – June 27, 2011

After a slight layoff in the news, I am happy to be back and providing the top news stories in the transportation and logistics industries. Here are today’s top stories:

Legislation Introduced to Fight Fraud in the Transportation Industry

The TIA, OOIDA and ATA have joined together to support the “Fighting Fraud in Transportation Act 2001, FITT,” which would address issues of fraud that plague the marketplace.

Committee Poised to Introduce Transportation Bill

Leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are ready to introduce a new surface transportation bill, but want a commitment from the Senate Finance Committee to find a way to pay for it. The two-year non-traditional bill will cost $12 billion.

ATA report shows increased truck driver turnover for large fleets

A new report from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) found that longhaul truck driver turnover was up during the first quarter of 2011. Turnover was up 39 percent over the previous year and 69 percent from the last quarter of 2010.

FMCSA Opts for Wireless Web-Based Transmission of Electronic Logs

One of the tough, unanswered questions about electronic logs for hours of service is how to give the roadside inspector access to the log.

Rail shippers and carriers plead their cases at STB hearing

Earlier this week, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) held a public hearing to explore the current state of competition in the railroad industry, as well as possible policy alternatives to facilitate more competition.

International Energy Agency Taps Emergency Oil Reserves, Crude Tumbles

Crude oil tumbled on futures markets Thursday after the International Energy Agency announced it would release 60 million barrels of reserve crude oil over the next 30 days, or 2 million barrels per day. The US will be supplying half of that oil, with the rest coming from other nations among the agency’s 28 member states.

eyefortransport 3PL Summit was worth the trip

Jeff Berman from Logistics Management discusses the recent 3PL Summit conference and all sessions and topics that were discussed.

Survey Shows Americans Support Gas Tax Under Certain Conditions

A national phone survey about tax options for funding transportation found that support for higher gas taxes or a new mileage tax can be significantly increased if certain conditions are met, according to the Mineta Transportation Institute.

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