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The Roemer Report: April 2015

WHERE TO PARK? MORE THAN 800 DRIVERS SOUND OFF
ARLINGTON, Va., March 31, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) collected over 800 driver surveys on the topic of truck parking at last week's Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky.  ATRI's latest survey cross-references driver perceptions of truck parking availability with the viability of truck parking reservation systems and exactly how truck drivers put a "value" on truck parking availability.

This latest ATRI data collection initiative was driven by the selection of truck parking as one of the top priority research topics for 2015 by ATRI's Research Advisory Committee (RAC).  Additionally, truck parking continues to rank high in ATRI's annual Top Industry Issues Survey; in the 2014 survey Truck Parking ranked 6th overall but among truck drivers in the survey it ranked 2nd, eclipsed only by the challenges associated with the Hours-of-Service regulations.

Drivers who were not able to attend MATS last week can still provide input on truck parking.  ATRI's survey is now available for drivers online through its website at www.atri-online.org.  ATRI will collect driver responses on the truck parking survey through the end of April.

ATRI is the trucking industry's 501(c)(3) not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation's essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system. 

SOURCE American Transportation Research Institute

TRUCKING MOVES AMERICA FORWARD
Announces Year Of Progress At Truck Show

Louisville, KY – March 25, 2015 –Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, announced today that it has made significant progress since its public launch one year ago.

During a TMAF-hosted press conference at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, TMAF was proud to report that it reached its goal of raising one million dollars since last March, due to the generous contributions of more than one hundred trucking companies, allied members and individuals.

Co-chairman of TMAF, President of Jet Express, Inc., and Second Vice Chairman of American Trucking Associations Kevin Burch kicked off the announcement with the successful financial update.

“We have achieved great strides during our first year of the movement, and we are grateful for everyone who has contributed to TMAF through both financial and in-kind support,” said Burch. “But, there is work to do, and we challenge everyone in the industry to join the movement, so that together, we can achieve a positive image of the industry and advocate for better, smarter regulations to keep this vital industry flourishing.”

Burch extended gratitude to ACT1 who was the first group to ignite the launch of the movement through its donations and support. Leaders of TMAF, trucking executives and professional drivers presented an overview of the movement’s other major accomplishments through its consistent and dedicated marketing, education and recruiting efforts at several industry events across the nation last year.

TANK TRUCK INDUSTRY MARKET ANALYSIS NOW AVAILABLE
ARLINGTON, Va., March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. (NTTC) today announced the availability of its Tank Truck Industry Market Analysis publication authored by American Trucking Associations' Chief Economist Bob Costello and his team.  The NTTC commissioned the study at the request of its carrier membership to create an economic model to gauge the size and scope of the varied service segments within the tank truck industry.

The publication marks the first time that the industry has taken the initiative to create a systematic approach to calculate the amount of freight moved by tank trucks.  The study also quantifies the market by commodity type based on government commodity flow survey information and the input of an advisory committee comprised of several NTTC carrier members.

"This new study offers first-rate economic market intelligence that never before existed leaving most to rely on anecdotal guesstimates about our unique industry at best," said NTTC President Daniel R. Furth.  "Now industry players can really gauge the varied service segments and their respective market shares and apply this intelligence to planning and operations.  Moreover, the study gives us a solid baseline to track market trends by commodity types over time as new commodity flow information becomes available."

Key findings of the study include the following metrics on tank truck tonnage, capacity, and revenue in 2013:

  • In 2013, the tank truck industry hauled 2.48 billion tons of freight, which equaled 25.6% of all truck freight (9.68 billion tons).
  • The largest commodity group for all tank truck freight was petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel), which equaled 1.22 billion tons or 49.2% of all tank truck tonnage, followed by sands at 419.9 million tons (15.2%), and chemicals excluding fertilizers and cryogenics at 240.9 million tons (9.5%). In 2013, the tank truck industry generated $34.5 billion in revenue, which equaled 5.1% of all truck revenue ($681.7 billion).
  • The commodity group that generated the most revenue for for-hire carriers in 2013 was chemicals, excluding fertilizers and cryogenics, at just under $7 billion, or 28.3% of all for-hire tank truck revenue. Closely following chemicals was petroleum products, which brought in $6.8 billion in revenue in 2013, or 27.5% of all for-hire tank truck revenue. Cements were a distant third at $2.3 billion, or 9.5% of the total.
  • In 2013, the tank truck industry operated 163,670 tractors, or 10.9% of the roughly 1.5 million of all over-the-road tractors in the US.

This publication is the first in a planned series of periodic calculations of the tank truck industry.  The NTTC expects to provide historical data for time series comparisons as well as forecasts, as well as potential expansion of the research to include trailer capacity.

The National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc. has represented the tank truck industry before Congress and various federal agencies since its founding in 1945.  NTTC's membership is comprised of over 240 trucking companies that specialize in bulk transportation services by cargo tank throughout North America.  Additionally, the organization also has over 350 associate members that service our industry including cargo tank repair facilities, tractor manufacturers, tank trailer manufacturers, and other related tank truck equipment and services.

SOURCE National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC)

MATS 2015: INDUSTRY BOOMING. DRIVERLESS TRUCKS COMING.
By Peter Carter, Posted: Mar 30, 2015 11:48 AM | Last Updated: Mar 30, 2015 3:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, KY—The driverless Peterbilt winding its way around the loading yard wowed the crowd. That’s no mean feat when the audience consists of dozens of journalists from around the globe, most of whom have ringside seats at trucking industry events on a daily basis. They’re not easily impressed.

But when the Peterbilt brass showed the video of the prototype class-8 truck entering a yard, the driver safely exiting the cab and the truck then proceeding to an open bay and backing in, drivelessly, there was a hush.  

Driverless trucks are coming.

Not tomorrow; not in five years; and they might first appear in warehouse yards or contained working sites, but anyone who attended last week’s massive Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, KY, would come away convinced that driverless trucks—as well as trucks that get more than 10 mpg, trucks with satellite-enhanced cruise control; trucks with drive trains that switch back and forth automatically between 6x2 and 6x4; and trucks that diagnose themselves before they reach the repair shop—are coming to a lane near you.

The mood around the show floor was bullish and bright and the new products and techno-tweaks came fast and plentiful. So did predictions of a healthy 2015-16.

Kenworth GM and Paccar Vice President Preston Feight predicts that “class 8 truck sales in 2015 will be the third best year in U.S. and Canada in a decade.”

He also said the U.S. GDP is slated to grow by 2.4 percent, with a reassuring 88-percent growth in housing starts. That’s got to be good for trucking.

Medium- and heavy-duty truck sales in North America this year will grow by more than 10 percent, predicted Daimler Truck North America’s President and CEO Martin Daum. In fact that figure might be low.

Navistar President Bill Kozek said the industry has revised upwards its estimate of how many trucks will be built in 2015. Earlier estimates said the record-breaking year would produce about 340,000 units: A bullish Kozek said it’s more like 368,000 units.

 

 

 

 

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