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Report: Small carriers being hammered by bad rates, slow freight

Shippers are “pounding on rates,” the report says, referring to the present pricing situation as “rate carnage.” Small carriers like owner-operators are having a hard time keeping up, the report says.

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FMCSA proposes raising CSA crash threshold to three crashes before score is calculated

Under the agency’s proposed change carriers would need to record three crashes in the rolling 24-month period before crashes would enter into their CSA scores.

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Inspections: Top 10 states where enforcement’s hot

Maryland and California maintain the No. 1 and No. 2 spots atop the list of the most-intense states for total inspections, measured per lane-mile of National Highway System in the state's borders.

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Post-July 4 spot market fireworks

Spot market rates typically take something of a dive after the July 4 holiday, but that wasn’t the case in the "short week" last week.

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Partners in Business tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

The precision and quantity of ELD data available after the mandate could, combined with a new safety-rating scheme, give on-site auditors an extra-effective tool for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis not only of uncovered hours violations, but also moving violations.

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Car haul for the long haul: Moving the Tesla with Earl Jackson

A run-in at a Nashville-area TA with veteran car hauler Earl Jackson, company driver today for small fleet The Finest Carrier, piloting a 2015 KW T680 w/ 144-inch ARI super sleeper hooked to an enclosed Kentucky trailer loaded with Tesla Model S and Model X cars bound for buyers.

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FMCSA wants to hear from owner-ops about CSA crash dispute plan

FMCSA hopes to hear from industry stakeholders about its two-year plan to allow carriers to file review requests for non-preventable crashes used against them in the CSA Crash Indicator BASIC and have the crashes scrubbed from their scores.

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Diesel prices fall another penny nationwide

A decrease of nine-tenths of a cent brings the U.S.’ average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel to $2.414.

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Stoking the log fires: Hours violations, fleet size and ELDs

The smallest carriers are feeling the heat of hours enforcement in select states, even as violations declined nationally in 2015.

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