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New benchmarking service from TCA, StakUp

inGauge will utilize a decade’s worth of data from TCA’s Best Practices Groups, among other info, to provide the "only dedicated, online benchmarking service for the North American trucking industry,"

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Court again sides with drivers in classification case against FedEx Ground

Upholding a Kansas Supreme Court ruling made last year, the federal appeals court agreed with the driver plaintiffs, saying they should have been classified as company employees, not contractors.

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POLL: Where do you stand on the proposed e-log mandate?

Has your view -- opposed, in favor, neutral -- of the electronic-log mandate proposed by FMCSA changed in recent times? If so or if not, weigh in with your view on the mandate in this poll.

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Buyers’ market: Comparing lenders’ offers

When financing a truck purchase, if you’re going to veer from a trusted financing partner like a bank for a better deal, don’t neglect the fine print.

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Hourly driver pay, insurance increase part of Senator’s truck safety bill

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would if passed require employers to pay truck operators for all hours worked, rather than solely per-mile pay, and double the minimum amount of liability insurance required to be held by motor carriers.

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Emissions system: Newer trucks’ potential handicap

Almost four in 10 owner-operators buying used trucks report emissions problems for 2010 and newer equipment, three in 10 for 2007-’09, as their biggest maintenance issue, underlining the importance of maintenance records in evaluating a purchase.

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Next recession could hit as early as late 2016, say analysts

FTR Associates' "state of freight" seminar/Q&A reflected readers' recent suggestions that owner-operators ought to start the belt-tightening now to prepare for a cyclical economic downturn -- starting as early as late 2016.

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Congress considering pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to haul interstate

U.S. Sen. Deb Fisher has introduced legislation that would allow a pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to do interstate hauling and delivery.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Postscript: Analyzing base linehaul rates minus fuel

A quick glance at rate performance year over year, minus fuel, is fairly simple via DAT's Trendlines pages. And, asks a reader, If rates are flat, where's the capacity crunch everybody keeps talking about?

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Buyers’ market: The truck-purchasing landscape for owner-operators

With the credit market loosened and late-model used truck prices looking better, it’s a good time to trade, but watch out for problems with emissions systems -- results from Overdrive's 2015 Truck Purchase and Lease Survey.

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