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Proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule comment period closes May 23

The SFD rule would replace the current three-tier federal rating system of “Satisfactory, Conditional and Unsatisfactory” for carriers with a single determination of “Unfit,” which would require the carrier to either improve its operations or shut down.

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Partners in Business tip: When to upgrade your truck

Rules of thumb on when it's time to trade your old rig for a newer one.

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Cargo theft incidents increase, values fall in first quarter

FreightWatch recorded a total of 221 thefts in the quarter with an average loss value per theft of $112,467.

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Trucking groups announce Park My Truck app set to release in late summer

A new mobile app expected to launch late this summer will allow truck drivers to find truck parking information and available parking spaces.

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Two steps forward, one step back: Spot market van, reefer rates retreat in last week after gains

After volume and rate gains across van, reefer and flat segments the prior week, this past week has seen van loads flat for volume. More posted trucks resulted in something of a slight rates give-back. But we're still up over the April average.

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Cash flow, insurance, more about getting your authority

Getting your own operating authority is usually a straightforward process, but it's still got enough hoops to jump through, complete with red tape, that a new entrant should allow three weeks to get approval.

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Lost time, money focal point for drivers during second FMCSA sleep apnea listening session

Costs, both time and money, were big topics of conversation during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety and Federal Railroad administrations’ “fact-finding” listening session on sleep apnea/operator safety Tuesday, May 17.

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Honing your edge as an independent trucker

To rise above the crowd as an independent requires finding your niche and properly quoting rates, said Kenny Long, who runs the Patriot Star small fleet.

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

Used truck prices continue decline, sales inch forward

Sleeper tractors between 3 and 5 years old lost an average of 2.5 percent of their retail value from February to March according to data released Monday by American Truck Dealers.

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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