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Second cargo theft warning issued for holiday weekend, thieves expected to be active

FreightWatch International this week issued a warning to carriers and others in the freight supply chain urging them to watch out for cargo thieves during the July 4th weekend, citing an uptick around holidays in cargo theft activity.

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The Dispatcher app: More book-now freight options via smartphone

Billing itself as a "concierge service" for independents, the Dispatcher app offers automation of the freight-booking process. Since its soft launch, a few thousand operators now use it regularly.

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State’s trucks-only toll plan stymied for now

Rhode Island lawmakers ended their regular session June 25 without approving a plan to fund repair of the state’s deteriorating infrastructure by adding a truck-only user fee on about two dozen bridges.

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PC-Miler with hours manager

ALK Technologies introduction of the hours manager into PC-Miler software allows for better small fleet back-office planning around required breaks, among top problems with the hours of service recently identified by Overdrive readers.

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Cycle analysis: Geographical freight, rate trends

In all segments, the top states for rates on outbound loads show contiguous areas spread across the Midwest and South. For inbound states, the Northeast dominates, but complications abound.

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Senate introduces bill to reform FMCSA, review existing trucking regulations

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) last week filed a bill aimed at reforming the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration including making its rule-making process more open to industry stakeholders and Congress and more transparent to the public.

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Congress, California introduce legislation tackling trucker classification, port labor unrest

U.S. lawmakers are considering ways to prevent prolonged port labor disputes, while California lawmakers are evaluating a bill regarding misclassification of port truckers in its state.

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CSA scores to start playing a role in hazmat permitting

FMCSA announced last week it will begin using carrier percentile rankings in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program's Safety Measurement System to monitor hazmat haulers and for renewal of federally issued hazmat permits.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Cycle analysis: End-of-quarter freight volume, rate boost

In late March, June, September and December, freight picks up and yields generally higher rates across varying segments.

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Continuation of hours-of-service suspension, CSA disclaimers, e-log deadlines and more included in Senate bill

The Senate bill sets deadlines for rules mandating e-logs and speed limiters, allows 33-foot double trailers, continues the suspension of certain hours-of-service rules and requires a disclaimer next to CSA scores.

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