Business

Threading the needle through trade policy, regulation, hammer swingers and the erosion of the middle class

Readers' responses to a recent call for change to the 14-hour rule in the hours of service thread the needle through 30 and more years of American history and the erosion of the blue-collar middle class.

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A decade just to rebound: Pay and the driver shortage

With the exception of 2014-15, pay evidence of a supply/demand imbalance in OTR truckload drivers’ favor is not found during 2005-15, during which a driver shortage was documented for nearly every year by one analyst or another.

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Another Swift trucker brings lawsuit claiming maintenance negligence by carrier caused severe injuries

A former Swift Transportation driver has filed a lawsuit against the mega-fleet seeking payment for medical expenses and lost wages she claims were caused by negligent maintenance practices by Swift.

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Omnitracs announces future partnership with Cummins for ‘over the air’ engine updates

Omnitracs, at its annual outlook conference, unveiled its new Intelligent Vehicle Gateway, a new Windows mobile platform that expands on the capabilities of the Mobile Computing Platform line that Omnitracs inherited from Qualcomm.

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Wireless Roadside Inspection research project’s final phase under way

Though the FAST Act highway bill and late-2015 appropriations bill made future Wireless Roadside Inspection funding contingent on a forthcoming report, bills left open funding streams dedicated to current projects, now under way.

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One carrier’s work-around for the driver shortage

Landstar’s low turnover rate shows that strong earnings potential for drivers can soften a labor shortage by retaining solid operators.

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U.S. diesel average drops 4 cents, nears $2 threshold

Following another multi-cent drop, diesel prices near a marker they haven't crossed in over 10 years.

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Large carrier turnover rate hits 100 percent, ATA reports

The annualized turnover rate for large truckload carriers rose 13 points to 100 percent in the third quarter of 2015, ATA reports.

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The first time I heard the phrase ‘driver shortage’ …

Tracking back to the origins of our February cover story questioning what might be the trucking industry's most unquestioned assumption: the driver shortage.

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Brief longshoremen strike temporarily halted truck activity at major East Coast ports Friday

Port officials had begun barring trucks from lining up on port roadways 11 a.m., only a few minutes after announcing the surprise work stoppage. A little later, the port authority said that full operation was being restored.

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