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Sleep apnea data collection ‘pre-rule’ moves forward, set for publication

The data request is intended to not only gauge the prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea among truck operators, but also to get feedback from the industry about how a sleep apnea rule could affect truckers and the industry at large.

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N.Y. truck decal fees deemed unconstitutional, state barred from collecting them

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has won its class action lawsuit against New York after a state trial court ruled its Highway Use Registration and Decal taxes are unconstitutional, as the fees imposed burdens to interstate commerce, the court ruled.

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Partners in Business tip: Save every receipt, no matter how small

Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider, who can then provide you with a monthly profit and loss statement as well as accurate quarterly tax estimates.

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Framing the trucking labor situation: Shortage at what price?

“Labor shortage” can mean different things to different people, whether a supply/demand imbalance at "current market prices" or "at any price" -- the latter often well implied in driver shortage stories that suggest a disruption to the supply chain that consumers will see and feel.

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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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