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Spot market rates: Downswing continues due to fuel prices, capacity, weather

Per-mile rates on the spot market continued their months-long tumble in February, with all three segments — flatbed, dry van and reefer — seeing noticeable declines.

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Driver cleared of obstruction charges after being woken up by police in the sleeper of team-driven truck

Kenny Capell was charged with obstruction of justice after refusing to comply with an ID check after being forced awake during a routine stop at the Northbound scale in Ringgold, Ga.

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Diesel heading back toward $3 mark in latest weekly increase

The U.S. at-pump average has now climbed 10.6 cents a gallon since it began its upswing in mid-February.

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Trucker demand on the West Coast with the port backlog: Update

As of last week Tuesday, Los Angeles outbound was showing a load-to-truck ratio of 0.7 on DAT boards -- the company considers 2.5 a balanced ratio. Look for demand to heat up mid-March.

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House bill seeks to remove assumption that CSA scores should be used in carrier hiring

The bill aims to remove the public assumption that carrier rankings in the DOT's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program should be used as a tool to hire carriers.

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POLL: If any, which of these load services have you used?

This poll takes a survey of some of the load-matching-tech companies that have sprung up in recent years or have moved toward more automated technology platforms. Ever used one of these to successfully book a load? Tell us here.

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Comment period closes tonight for FMCSA’s work to increase carrier insurance minimums

The public comment deadline on a rule that could increase the amount of liability insurance required to be held by carriers ends Feb. 26, and carriers and other industry stakeholders have until midnight 11:59 p.m. Thursday to submit their input.

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Judge rules against truckers in classification case

A federal judge in a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled against truck operators earlier this month in two separate but related lawsuits challenging their status as independent contractors and alleging their carriers violated state wage theft laws.

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Strike! For .. lower freight rates?

Errant headline from a Colombian driver strike. Also: More on fuel surcharges: 3 in 4 readers collecting/charging fuel surcharges per mile report a base mpg between 5 and 7.

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Court approves end of federal oversight of Teamsters, union to regain independence

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters last week announced that its recent deal with regulators to end the quarter-century of oversight of its finances and operations has been approved by a federal judge, and a five-year phase-out schedule will begin this year.

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