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Rates dip again in October: Charts on van, reefer, flatbed trends

This is the third straight month all three segments have seen a decline in their national averages. Rates have been trending down since hitting record highs last summer. Here are the latest numbers for reefer, dry van and flatbed rates.

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Fuel prices increase slightly, rise to $2.50 nationally

The U.S.' average diesel price climbed back above the $2.50 mark this week, rising 1.7 cents, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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Trucking rap sheet: CDL testing schemes, ‘hostage’ loads

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in three trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each.

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The ‘poison pill’ that remains in the recently passed highway bill, by the numbers

Unless fixed or removed in the House-Senate highway bill conference committee, the House's carrier "hiring standard" would unduly disadvantage well more than 1.5 million drivers for 440,000 carriers in the competition to secure business.

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FMCSA’s entry-level driver training rule moves a step closer to publication

The rule likely will require at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training time, establish a registry of driver training providers and establish certified curricula for CDL applicants.

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Cargo theft value rises, volume falls, FreightWatch says

The average loss value per cargo theft incident in the third quarter was $199,467, an increase of 7 percent over the second quarter, according to the quarterly cargo theft trends report from FreightWatch International.

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DAT jumps into the e-log market with multifunction platform

Growing integration between DAT's core freight matching and location-based services and the new DAT InView set of compliance, tracking and vehicle-diagnostic services will drive 2016 development.

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Where driving jobs have arisen since 1978

Whatever the extent of any "driver shortage," you wouldn’t think there is one by checking a National Public Radio report by Quoctrung Bui that traces the most common jobs in every state since 1978. The data not only highlights trends about trucking jobs, but also reveals aspects of the broader economy over almost four decades. In 1978, the U.S. Census Bureau category that includes truck drivers was the most common job category in nine states. An interactive U.S. ...

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For-hire trucking industry employment grew by 400 jobs in October

October’s small rise comes after a loss of several 3,200 jobs in September. The latter figure, however, was downwardly revised from the October-released preliminary figures.

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Where freight’s hot and not: National van, flat, reefer demand update

Nationally, demand for owner-operators pulling dry van rose with load availability, but reefer and flatbed both showed declines in DAT's load-board network.

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