Diesel price continues surge, tops $4 for first time in 11 months

| February 24, 2014

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel in the week ended Feb. 24 breached $4 for the first time since the week ended March 25, 2013, according to the DOE, who reported the price of diesel rose 2.8 cents nationally to $4.017.

Onboard recorder mandate set to miss another publication date

| February 24, 2014

The long-expected re-release of the DOT rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (also known as Electronic Onboard Recorders) seems poised to once again miss an expected date of publication.

Worker advocacy groups say nearly 70 percent of port truckers misclassified as contractors

| February 24, 2014

Nearly 50,000 of the 75,000 port truckers in the U.S. are misclassified as independent contractors, according to a recent report, which says the misclassification costs federal and state governments significant tax losses.

Change the oil or change engine parts — it’s up to you

Bruce Mallinson | February 24, 2014

When you became an owner-operator, you became responsible for maintaining your truck, and this means changing the oil. With truck ownership, you have a big decision to make: Change the oil, or replace the parts. It’s up to you.

In-cab filming of drivers for disciplinary reasons OK’d by Calif. attorney general

| February 21, 2014

California’s attorney general has concluded carriers contracting companies that provide continuous video of drivers may use this data for disciplinary purposes.

Tightened fuel economy regs: OOIDA warns of higher truck costs, ATA and truck makers generally supportive

| February 20, 2014

OOIDA says increased fuel economy standards will drive up the price of new trucks, while one trucking researcher says the cost of overall truck ownership will drop, despite the price increase. Truck makers, too, say they support increasing fuel use standards for trucks.

Diesel price spikes again, hits highest point in nearly a year

| February 20, 2014

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel continued its recently began steep climb in the week ended Feb. 18, edging close to the $4 mark – a threshold it hasn't been over since the week ended March 25.

EOBRs/ELDs are being put in the wrong place

S.E. McCurdy | February 19, 2014

Owner-operator S.E. McCurdy argues an alternative to the ELD/EOBR mandate in a time-card system to put the burden of accounting for drivers' time on those who would waste it.

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