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A decade just to rebound: Pay and the driver shortage

With the exception of 2014-15, pay evidence of a supply/demand imbalance in OTR truckload drivers’ favor is not found during 2005-15, during which a driver shortage was documented for nearly every year by one analyst or another.

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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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Truck driver occupational fatalities in 2014 at highest level since 2008

Work-related truck driver fatalities rose to their highest level since 2008 last year, according to a report issued by the Department of Labor this week. About 725 heavy vehicle or tractor-trailer drivers died on the job last year, according to the report.

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The new top hours of service enforcer

No state issued a higher percentage of hours violations in 2014 than this one. Training has helped officials find their ‘comfort zone’ enforcing the ever-shifting regs nationwide, but especially in this state.

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Top 10 toughest states on hours of service violations

Oregon was the 2013 leader on this list, and its percentage of issued hour infractions fell by only a point in our analysis of the 2014 data. Three states rose to a much larger degree in the hours rankings...

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Get it right, Howard

Wendy on former Transport Topics editor Howard Abramson's recent "Trucks are killing us" editorial: "Highway safety can't be delegated to one group only, and lack of it can't be faulted to just one."

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Two owner-operator segments with the best earnings start for 2015

A look at which owner-operator segments are earning the most so far in 2015.

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Heads up, there’s ‘bears everywhere’: Thursday enforcement round-up

'Roadcheck effect' follow-up: Midwest Truckers spar with Will County, Ill., law enforcement and the state DOT; reports in Washington emphasis priority patrols from truck enforcement statewide.

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The Roadcheck effect

Take a visit to the mechanic? Go through the truck with a fine-toothed comb? ... How do you prepare for the annual 72-hour inspection blitz? It's coming soon -- June 2-4.

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New weight restrictions on two Minn. bridges

With 11 percent of U.S. bridges structurally deficient according to the U.S. DOT's stats bureau, April 16 officials from MnDOT put in place truck detours around two Highway 169 bridges in Champlin, Minn.

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