The Daily Dash: YRC loan under congressional scrutiny; LTL tonnage climbs

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, members of Congress have some questions about a government loan that was granted to YRC Worldwide. Plus, freight tonnage continues climbing in the less-than-truckload segment and prosecutors have asked an appeals court panel for a reversal of a decision that tossed out the conviction of ex-Pilot CEO Mark Hazelwood.

Congressional scrutiny

A controversial government loan to YRC Worldwide (NASDAQ: YRCW) is likely to be a hot topic at an upcoming congressional committee hearing.

Todd Maiden has details on what concerns the committee: Mnuchin to testify at hearing addressing $700M YRC, Treasury loans

Freight volumes keep growing

Less-than-truckload carrier SAIA (NASDAQ: SAIA) announced Wednesday shipment metrics for the first two months of the fourth quarter that included a November tonnage hike of more than 7%.

Todd Maiden details what else the company said: Saia sees tonnage trends advance in Q4

Error in judgment?

Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court to reconsider its recent ruling that tossed out the convictions of former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood and two members of his sales team for their alleged roles in an elaborate $56.5 million fuel rebate scheme.

Clarissa Hawes explains why prosecutors want a do-over: Feds urge appeals court to reconsider ruling in Pilot fraud case

Regulatory relief for COVID haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expanding its emergency hours-of-service waiver to include carriers transporting COVID-19 vaccines.

John Gallagher explains: FMCSA expands HOS waiver to include COVID-19 vaccine transport

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Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at