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December 26, 2012
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2013: 6 Key Issues Fleets Face

Trucking will be dealing with familiar tough issues next year, as well as some that may have a new twist, whether it's in the boardroom, in the cab or in Congress. On the business side, issues fleets will need to stay on top of in 2013 include the economy, fuel prices and the driver shortage. On Capitol Hill, hours of service, electronic logs and CSA are at the front of the line, not to mention a long list of other regulator y issues. Another issue is the need to find a solution to the highway funding puzzle. This year's highway bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, was only a two-year patch for the key issue of funding. Congress will soon have to start committee work on how it will pay for the next stage of the national highway program. Earlier this year Congress gave inklings of a willingness to raise highway money through fuel taxes, but resistance to that idea remains strong. In addition, trucking interests on Capitol Hill will have to make room for a new player in highway policy negotiations.
Source: Heavy Duty Trucking

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Freight Demand to Grow Slowly In 2013, ATA Economist Projects

Truck tonnage probably will grow at a slower pace in 2013, but a stronger economic recovery could boost the industry in 2014 and 2015, according to the latest projections from American Trucking Associations. Bob Costello, chief economist for ATA, predicted a 2% rise in for-hire truck tonnage next year, slowing from the 2.7% increase he projected for 2012.
Source: Transport Topics

Editor's note: Bob Costello is scheduled to speak at the 2013 ATD Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., this February. Visit www.atdconventionandexpo.org to register.

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Tonnage Up, Truck Sales Fall in Nov.

Storm, 'Cliff' Drive Results

U.S. retail truck sales and freight tonnage — two key barometers of the industry's health — moved in opposite directions in November, and for different reasons. Truck sales fell 15.6% from a year earlier, WardsAuto reported, as the uncertainty about future U.S. fiscal policy has made fleets skittish about investing. At the same time, a resumption of more typical freight patterns pushed American Trucking Associations' tonnage index up 1%, following a 2.1% decline in October, due to the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
Source: Transport Topics

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FTR: Shippers Conditions Improve But Could Deteriorate in 2013

The Shippers Conditions Index — produced monthly by FTR Associates — improved in October month over month by about two points, but projections show that this improvement will give way to "a gradual deterioration in shipping conditions as 2012 ends and throughout 2013," says an announcement from FTR. FTR says that impending regulations on the industry and the slow rise of freight volume will spur conditions' decline.
Source: Commercial Carrier Journal

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Top Stories
2013: 6 Key Issues Fleets Face
Freight Demand to Grow Slowly In 2013, ATA Economist Projects
Tonnage Up, Truck Sales Fall in Nov.
FTR: Shippers Conditions Improve But Could Deteriorate in 2013

  


 

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