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FAA bill with trucking hours and pay implications advances

A bill that would prevent states from requiring truckers and their employers to comply with state laws regulating hours of service, such as meal or rest break requirements, has been approved by the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would also, if enacted, throw cold water on state-level initiated driver pay reform.

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DAT, GetLoaded consolidate support, billing in Portland

DAT is combining customer support and billing departments with Getloaded. Operations will combined at a larger facility in Portland to handle growth. DAT and Getloaded will continue to run with separate databases of truckloads.

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Rhode Island clears trucks-only toll plan, group warns it will ‘decimate’ state’s trucking industry

Once enacted, drivers of class 8 trucks will pay a maximum of $20 to travel through the state along Interstate 95 one-way. Each electronic toll gantry a trucker passes under would cost about $3. The maximum daily charge would be $40.

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State of freight: Market pressure on driver pay stalled?

Though recent years have shown better trends, with pay rising fairly sharply for company drivers and independents alike, there's evidence from carrier surveys that such increases have now lulled. Lower volume expectations indicate increases in driver pay could be limited in 2016.

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Carrier asks FMCSA for exemption from short hauler log-keeping rules, blames detention time

The request would exempt Farruggio’s drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation from having to complete a daily record of duty status. The company says approximately 12 percent of its drivers exceed the 12-hour limitation on a weekly basis, primarily due to waiting times at rail yards and piers.

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Partners in Business tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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Home delivery: If not by drone, then by driverless truck. Or both.

Google’s gotten plenty of publicity with its moves toward drone-delivered packages. Now a patent awarded to the company this week indicates it’s eyeing another delivery technology: autonomous trucks.

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Reefer, van spot market update: Rates ‘may have finally bottomed out’

Weekly spot market update for first week of February, the slowest month on DAT's load boards, shows reefer lulls in the very-low-demand Pacific Northwest, as well as Florida and Georgia. Southern-border reefer activity is beating California, too.

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Owner-operator sues CRST over alleged racial discrimination in non-driving trainer job

A current owner-operator and former CRST Expedited driver trainer has filed a lawsuit against CRST claiming a colleague regularly harassed him because of his skin color, insulted and humiliated him in front of his peers and, ultimately, publicly assaulted him and fired him.

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An hourly future for driver pay?

There's evidence that legal and other pressures could lead to more prevalence for a time-based pay model, particularly for company drivers. Should a state-to-state patchwork of enforceable labor laws be the way forward?

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