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New priorities for a new DOT secretary?: Take two

A bevy of reader voices raised in response to the question: "What would be your message to Trump's incoming DOT leader?" Issues of regulation (the ELD mandate chief among them), parking/infrastructure and driver pay loomed largest.

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FMCSA establishes training standards, curriculum for new truck operators

New training standards for entry-level truck operators have been finalized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will become requirements on February 7, 2020. In addition to a required core classroom curriculum, the rule establishes a registry of FMCSA-approved trainers.

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C.H. Robinson: 1st annual carrier awards

In this first C.H. Robinsson Key Carrier of the Year award program, the owner-operator category winner was independent Billy Reece of Rowlett, Texas.

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Diesel prices spike in most recent week

The cheapest fuel is in the Gulf Coast region at $2.361 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic region at $2.415 per gallon.

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DOT calls for train operators to be screened for sleep apnea, FMCSA holding off

FMCSA and the Federal Railroad Administration worked together on a sleep apnea rulemaking earlier this year, but FRA is already making recommendations to have train operators screened for apnea during their DOT-required exams. FMCSA says it will not follow FRA's lead -- yet.

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Deciphering Trump and the trade winds

Many U.S. truckers have feared the impending hordes of reckless Mexican drivers and the loss of U.S. driving jobs. So far, such concern appears overblown and misplaced. You could say the same for Trump’s rhetoric about isolating us from trading partners who have helped fuel America’s economic engines, including the trucking industry.

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Trucking industry adds nearly 8,000 in October, November

The for-hire trucking industry added 1,100 jobs in November, according to the Labor Department. The DOL also upwardly revised October's gains to 6,800 jobs, continuing months of upward momentum in the trucking industry labor market.

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Van and reefer rates see uptick in November, flatbed rates fall

Reefer and van rates trended up in November, while flatbed lost a few cents, likely due to the seasonality of the segment.

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Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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Video: A roll into and through the fall freight season’s demand for dry vans

Van, reefer demand continued relatively strong in this week's spot market update following the Thanksgiving holiday. Hot markets, rising and falling rates on specific lanes, and more in this update.

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