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Vans, flats in good demand — and improving — on the spot market

Conditions continue to improve for many truckers in the spot market in many areas around the country. In this week's update, the flatbed Hot States map is about as hot as we've ever seen it. Rates and volumes did retreat, however, in some areas,

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Fixing the 14-hour rule: FMCSA moving closer to flexible sleeper-split pilot program

Kelly Regal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and information technology, outlined the agency's research work around sleep and fatigue at the Managing Fatigue international conference in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday. Of perhaps principle interest to owner-operators, Regal updated attendees on progress toward what she's calling the FMCSA's "Flexible sleeper berth pilot program." It's been more than a year since any news emerged about it, following its contracting to the Virginia Tech ...

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FMCSA withdraws rule reforming carrier safety rating system

Due to widespread concern over the rule’s reliance on the CSA program’s Safety Measurement System BASIC ratings — which themselves have also been pulled from public view due to concerns about their accuracy in judging carriers’ safety — FMCSA will withdraw the SFD proposal all together.

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New heavy-haul load marketplace

The FR8star marketplace employs a patent-pending rate calculator for pricing oversize/overweight loads, including up-to-date state permit fees and escort costs.

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2017 MATS announcements start Wednesday: How to follow the show on Overdrive

Overdrive will be covering the show live online and on social media starting Wednesday. Here’s how to keep up with show coverage throughout the week.

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Owner-operators’ 2016: Miles up, income down

2016 income data for owner-operators reveals dips in revenue and take-home pay, despite driving more miles. Here's what each segment averaged in 2016.

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DSi Mobile makes ELD push

The Dispatching Solutions company announced that it has self-certified and registered its DSi eLogs system on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's registry for electronic logging devices.

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‘Learning to truck’ with W. Joel Baker, and a verse salute from Kevin Barrett

Owner-operator W. Joel Baker, founder of the free TruckBytes accounting software for owner-ops, launches a new resource site for those getting into the business, LearnToTruck.com. And: Kevin Barrett's rhyming couplets salute the driver.

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Two fuel-tax measures advancing through state legislatures

A proposal to hike the diesel tax in Tennessee by the governor is tempered by the state's congress, while Utah moves forward on a proposal to change the fuels tax there annually, figured as a percentage of the average price.

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Partners in Business tip: Get full disclosure in finance contracts

Truth-in-lending laws do not apply to commercial loans, such as truck financing, so dealers do not have to give full disclosure, but most will if they are asked.

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