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Automatic transmissions: Key to the future of the industry?

With fleets' difficulty finding drivers these days, could greater acceptance of automatics boost the ranks of capable, qualified drivers among younger populations without sacrificing the training benefits of manuals?

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Hours of service remains top concern in carrier survey

Fleet difficulty finding drivers rose to No. 2, followed by CSA, driver retention, the ELD mandate and truck parking. Weight in yourself via this post's related poll and in the comments.

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Agency action on increasing insurance will give truckers, public extra comment period

The upcoming rule to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance that carriers and brokers must carry will have an additional step that allows fleets and owner-operators another chance to offer formal comment on the rule.

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Con-way Freight enhances pay package

Con-way Freight, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based less-than-truckload company, this week announced it was increasing its pay rates to be competitive for each of its geographic markets and also reducing the time it takes for drivers to reach the top pay scale to three years from their hire date. Both enhancements take effect Jan. 4. The Teamsters recently had its first success at Con-way after drivers and dock workers at the company’s terminal in Laredo, Texas, on ...

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Con-way Truckload beefs up tuition reimbursement program

Con-way Truckload announced it is enhancing its tuition reimbursement program to help professional drivers entering the industry pay for school, effective immediately. The Joplin, Mo.-based company said the program will provide students currently attending or enrolling in a professional driving school with up to $4,000 in tuition reimbursement to earn a commercial driver’s license and will provide a full-time position upon graduation. “Professional truck drivers are essential to our nation’s economy, and with the current driver ...

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Per freshly signed state law, Calif. to test feasibility of mileage tax

California Gov. Jerry Brown Oct. 3 signed legislation into law that will allow the state to implement a pilot program to test whether charging a road usage fee -- or mileage-based tax -- could effectively replace fuel taxes as the primary means to fund highways and road projects.

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FMCSA to begin field testing wireless roadside inspection tech next year, looking for participants

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s testing of wireless roadside inspection technology will enter its third and final phase in December 2015, when it will over the course of a year perform roadside inspections of logbooks, licenses and more as trucks continue to move at highway speeds.

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Getting the best rates: Two approaches

Owner-operators Rico Muhammad and Chad Boblett share Tortoise-and-Hare approaches to using data toward commanding better rates.

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Trucking employment continues to climb, sees solid gain in Sept.

Trucking employment in the for-hire trucking industry saw a healthy jump in September, gaining 3,800 jobs from the month prior, according to the Labor Department's monthly report. Trucking’s gains were in line with the economy as a whole, which added 248,000 non-farm jobs in the month and the country’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent — the lowest since July 2008.

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Hotshot hauling with owner-operator Jeff Ward

Meet Villa Rica, Ga.-based Jeff Ward and his Brady's Hotshot Hauling business, with a 2012 Ford F350 outfitted with a Cadet flatbed body, gooseneck hitch and 30-ft. P.J. trailer.

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