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Trucking employment slipped again in June

June’s trucking jobs dip comes amid an otherwise solid month for employment for the U.S. economy, which added 222,000 jobs in the month. The country’s unemployment rate was 4.4 percent.

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Pre-holiday, end-of-quarter demand boost extends into this week for flats, vans, reefers

Friday last week marked the end of the second quarter, likewise the start of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, a combination that boosted demand indicators, which average rates followed up.

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Next steps for CSA — scores behind the curtain or not?

Will the FMCSA press forward with CSA SMS changes to bring scores back to public view or allow the SMS to remain a "half-baked solution sitting in the dark"? For the ASECTT group, there could be a third way forward for the agency...

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Traditional truck makers focus on short-haul for electric vehicles

Major truck and engine makers themselves have invested in the development of electric- and more conventional hybrid-electric-drive vehicles, but they see the most short-term promise in shorter-run applications.

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Jump start: Electrified truck concepts come to life, and owner-operators want in

The electrified truck concept has taken on a real life, with players large and small vying for future shares of the Class 8 market. It’s not only large fleets that are placing orders -- owner-operators, too, have shown interest in the emerging technology.

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Trucker pay reform efforts at state level could be stymied by revival of Denham Amendment

Congress is again considering legislation that would block state-level efforts to dictate driver pay reforms and hours of service restrictions. The so-called Denham Amendment, first brought to the table by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) in 2015, seeks to reassert federal authority over hours of service regulations and the industry’s standard per-mile driver pay model.

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Partners in Business tip: Carry a notebook with your receipt envelope

This notebook will be used to record those expenses for which you cannot obtain a receipt, such as when you wash your truck at a coin-operated facility or personal use of your auto, so you can deduct the expenses at tax time.

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Expedite Expo kicks off July 14 in Lexington, Ky.

Drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners all are part of the target audience for the long-running Expedite Expo show, whose 2017 edition is taking place July 14-15 in Lexington, Ky., at the Lexington Center.

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POLL update: What’s your most likely response to the ELD mandate?

With the principle legal challenge (OOIDA's court battle) to the ELD mandate at an end, assuming the end-of-year enforcement deadline remains, what's your current plan for dealing with the mandate? Weigh in in this poll.

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U.S. Xpress offering new lease-purchase program

U.S. Xpress, the nation’s sixth largest carrier, announced Thursday a new lease-purchase program for drivers, offering 2015 Freightliner Cascadias for weekly lease payments starting at $493.

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