September 25, 2014: Wage race is on; Volkswagen unveils pickup concept; truck firm faces fraud charges

September 25, 2014: Wage race is on; Volkswagen unveils pickup concept; truck firm faces fraud charges

Here is a look at what is happening in the world of trucking today:

  • Bloomberg reports on a “wage race” now developing for truck drivers as capacity continues to get scarce.
  • The 19th annual third party logistics (3PL) study compiled by Capgemini Consulting and Penn State finds that generally less-than-exciting levels of global economic activity continue leading to sluggish or neutral demand for outsourced logistics services.
  • Fox News takes a look at a Volkswagen concept vehicle aimed at the compact pickup truck market: the TriStar.
  • The future of freight is focusing more and more on driverless trucks, according to this story in the International Business Times.
  • The Lexington Herald News reports on charges of fraud leveled against a local trucking firm.
  • New Jersey lawmakers are contemplating a fuel tax increase to pay for transportation needs, reports news site North Jersey.com.
  • An opinion column in the Daily Commercial by a Florida business CEO warns of a “perfect storm” now facing the trucking industry and by extension the U.S. economy as a whole.
  • National Geographic reports on a study that says using more natural gas, especially in transportation, won’t reduce carbon emissions much.
  • PHMSA chief Cynthia Quarterman is stepping down Oct. 3 after a nearly five year term, according to the Wall Street Journal; a tenure marked by high-profile wrangling over regulations governing oil train safety.
  • The New York Times reports on a special U.S. Marshalls Service auction of highly-prized muscle cars seized in a variety of raids.
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