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When regulation hurts worse than paltry pay

When nearly two-thirds of truckers (for owner-operators alone, 71 percent), working ridiculously long hours for modest pay, are far more aggravated over regulations and lack of respect than they are money, something’s amiss. It’s no surprise that turnover stays high.

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TruckerLine drivers network opens for carrier recruiting

The TruckerLine portal for driver career management planned from the outset to offer a recruiting platform to carrier subscribers. After a long test, the Outset Partners developing company reports the service is now open to carriers.

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Owner-operators can now comment on DOT’s proposed speed governor mandate

FMCSA and its sister agency NHTSA are seeking feedback for 60 days on a proposed rule to require trucks to use speed governors. Potential speed limits are 60, 65 and 68 mph. Click here to find the link where owner-operators can comment on the rule.

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Owner-operator-founded RediTruck enters freight-matching program market

Launched last month at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas was a new automated freight-matching system, RediTruck, in which shippers and brokers post loads to the portal, owner-operators and carriers post their available capacity and the system automatically matches loads to carriers.

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Diesel prices dip, ending two-week climb

The cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.264 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic region at $2.335 per gallon.

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Hours of service changes on the docket as Congress reconvenes for fall session

Congress must take action this fall to prevent the 34-hour restart from falling out of hours of service code.

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Volkswagen to buy big stake in Navistar International

Navistar International Tuesday announced Volkswagen will be acquiring a roughly 17 percent stake in the company, opening the door to North America for the world's largest automobile and truck maker and setting up a strategic powertrain alliance between the two companies.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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Reefer rates climbed in August, flatbed and van rates fell

Per-mile rates on the spot market mostly continued to tumble in August, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer rates were the lone bright spot in the month’s rates report, climbing 4 cents a mile. Dry van and flatbed rates both posted declines.

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Trucking employment grew for second straight month in August

August is just the third month of the year in which trucking employment has grown. July’s gains were the first since January.

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