James Jaillet

Rates report mixed for March as flatbed, van see small gains, reefer dips

Following big drops in February, per-mile rate averages paid to carriers saw little in the way of a rebound in March, with van and flatbed posting small gains and reefer rates declining further from February’s dip.

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Spot market swings against owner-operators as loads dip, trucks climb

The number of available loads posted on the spot market, per Truckstop.com data, fell in the week, while the number of available trucks climbed. The combination pushed the index down to a reading of 13, signaling favorability for brokers in spot market negotiations.

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Trucking groups fire back at FMCSA over carrier rating rule, say it circumvents Congressional intent

An ad-hoc coalition of trucking organizations issued a letter Monday, April 11, to Acting FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling disputing comments made by FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo last week. The groups reiterate their argument that the rule violates federal law, despite FMCSA's claims otherwise.

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Swell of owner-operator bankruptcies on the horizon?

"The market has had the luxury of operating with decreasing fuel prices. That has now changed and if prices rise quickly it could have a big impact on cash flow, especially for the smaller carriers.”

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Market will likely require owner-operators to adhere to new food safety standards despite exemption

Most, if not all, owner-operators will be exempt from the FDA's new sanitation rules for food haulers, but shippers and brokers likely won't hire carriers who aren't in compliance with the new rule.

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Safety Fitness rule not a violation of FAST Act, FMCSA says in media briefing touting rule’s benefits

Joe DeLorenzo, head of enforcement and compliance for FMCSA, spoke briefly in a conference call with trucking industry media Thursday, April 7, touting both the rule’s ability to expand the agency’s ability to target unsafe carriers and addressing concerns about the rule’s relationship to the December-enacted FAST Act highway bill.

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Rearview: Peterbilt ads through the years

From the long needle-nose models of the ’60s to the cabovers of the ’70s and ’80s, the 20-year reign of the iconic Model 379 and today’s modern aerodynamic tractor stylings, Peterbilt tractors have graced the back cover of Overdrive for nearly 40 years. Here's a look at some of the truck maker's Overdrive ads through the decades.

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Trucking employment tumbles for second straight month

The for-hire trucking industry’s total employment fell by 2,400 jobs in the month of March, according to preliminary figures reported last week by the Department of Labor, again bucking the overall trend of the U.S. economy's employment numbers.

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‘All the money in the world’ may not be enough to solve trucking’s parking crisis, panelists say

Simply adding more parking spaces, even along busy freight corridors, likely wouldn’t fix the country’s widespread truck parking shortage, said four panelists at a seminar held last week at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

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