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New ATA boss says he intends to be more aggressive on lobbying front

The new president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations has signaled he intends for the group to take a more aggressive stance against trucking regulations and anti-truck safety groups as head of the trucking lobbying firm.

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Owner-operators at USA Truck getting pay boost

In addition to a pay hike, the company's independent contractors will also receive fuel discounts at in-network fuel stops, better labor rates and discounted parts at USA Truck maintenance facilities.

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Analysts: Hurricane-caused I-95 closures to cost trucking big money, rates could rise

The disruptions to freight flow on Interstate 95 due to Hurricane Matthew-caused closures will cost the trucking industry millions in lost revenue and driver wages, says one analyst. However, rates could remain elevated in the region, as inbound freight climbs and truck availability remains tight in affected states.

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Rates move, slightly: Demand indicators for flat, van, reefer

Hanjin bankruptcy impacts continued to be felt in high van demand out West, while the hurricane put a short-term damper on freight volume out East late last week. Demand pictures for all three major segments available here.

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Partners in Business tip: Develop a business plan

A business plan outlines the details of your operation, including the types of freight you’ll haul, the traffic lanes you’ll run and the rate you’ll be paid. Here's why you need one.

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Mere inches of a near miss: Quick evasive action saves truck from sure disaster

This dashcam vid comes from the Connecticut-based 250-truck Bozzuto's fleet. Says Tom Halpin, transportation safety manager at Bozzuto’s: "In the words of the driver," one of Bozzuto's most senior, "'I don't know if fell asleep or was distracted.' It was mere inches in a near miss."

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Top 10 toughest states for tire violations

Oregon, Texas and North Carolina lead the tire-violations rankings, the latter two also showing an uncommonly strong focus on maintenance/equipment-related violations overall. Peruse more nationally ranked data on equipment violations here.

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Trucking’s campaign contributions heavily favor GOP, including Trump over Clinton

Here's how much trucking contributors have given to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton this election cycle.

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New Jersey passes bill to increase per-gallon diesel tax by more than 30 cents next year

The fuel tax increase includes a 23-cent increase to petroleum taxes across the board, and another four-cent increase for diesel fuel, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2017, through the end of June. The diesel tax is also set to increase by another four cents per gallon after July 1, 2017.

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Trucking groups back bill to reform transportation worker ID program

Trucking organizations are applauding a bill recently introduced to streamline the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program and establish an advisory committee for surface transportation and maritime security issues.

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