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Driver turnover rates show potential for continued wage growth for truckers, ATA says

Sky high driver turnover rates at large and small carriers will continue to put upward pressure on truck driver wages, says ATA's Chief Economist.

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New in-house load board, more from TBS factoring

TBS Factoring Service, increasingly fashioning itself as a one-stop shop for both cash flow and compliance solutions, is adding finding loads and saving money on fuel to the services available to customers.

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Household goods hauling: Challenges explored with moving veteran Fred Metzler

Fred Metzler stresses what he sees as unique household hauling challenges -- and practices of some companies that are cutting into owner-operators' incomes in the space significantly. Also: Wes Memphis says good-bye to his paper logs in week one of an electronic transition.

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Potential for fatigue detection points to intensive enforcement

Fatigue-related monitoring could be next in line. Its advance in the regulatory arena will depend on two things: the effectiveness of technology in predicting fatigue in relation to crash risk, and to what extent, if any, privacy law restricts or prevents a mandate.

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Senate bill clears up 34-hour restart confusion, could add new hours limits

The bill corrects a legislative mess-up from December that put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy by ensuring the restart will remain available for truckers. However, it would also put in place a new 73-hour on-duty limit in a consecutive seven-day period.

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Camera systems taking a lead in data harvest

With such strong momentum and expanding uses for cameras, the technology could well follow the same path as that of electronic logging devices: widespread early adoption by large fleets and an eventual federal mandate industrywide. The systems may also work in tandem with automated trucks.

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The flat, van, reefer markets bucking the national downward rate trend in the last week

All equipment types could be getting ready for a rebound. Why? Load availability was up in the largest van freight markets last week, accompanied by a 30 percent increase in reefer freight movements compared to the previous week. Flatbed is also gaining strength.

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Your health — ripe for biomonitoring and telematics

In the not-so-distant future, your truck and its associated systems will be able to read your vital signs and alert you and others to an impending health breakdown. This data could be synced to your truck’s communications system, which could automatically send select health data to your fleet, your insurance provider or FMCSA.

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Traffic cost trucking industry nearly $50B in 2014, ATRI says

ATRI found congestion caused delays totaling more than 738 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 264,500 truck drivers sitting idle for an entire working year.

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Truck ban on Keystone Parkway in Indiana reinstated

The ban originally went into effect in 2008, but it was temporarily lifted while construction was completed on U.S. 31, which was where trucks were supposed to travel.

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