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Spot market slips again as loads dip; a look at top states for freight activity

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index decreased 3.6 percent in the week ending April 18, due to a 3.3 percent decrease in load availability. Compared to the same month last year, load availability was down 16.5 percent, and the overall MDI was down a comparable 16.6 percent.

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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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Diesel prices rise 3.7 cents over previous week

Prices increased in all regions during the week with the most significant increase coming in the Gulf Coast, where prices increased 5.4 cents.

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Washington state DOT seeking driver input on parking survey

A similar study in 2008 by the WSDOT found problems with a shortage of truck parking similar to those today. The 2008 report stated truck parking across the state was a problem “that will only get worse over time.”

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Wired, watched and weeded out: How constant monitoring by fleets, regulators will shape tomorrow’s driving force

In this special series, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, an in-depth exploration on the acceleration of driver monitoring systems, biometric health readings, the availability of massive data sets on truckers and how it all gives way to constant monitoring by fleets -- and regulators -- of truckers, their habits and their fitness to operate.

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Teamsters, safety groups to Congress: Don’t touch hours of service

Two key trucking items likely to see action in the appropriations process include a fix to the hours of service legislative screw-up from Congress’ 2016 DOT appropriations law and the revival of the so-called “federal authority” provisions floated in recent transportation-related bills.

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Prime wants $500,000 reimbursement from state of New York for truck taxes, fees

The taxes — a certificate of registration and a highway use tax decal — totaled about $19 per truck.

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DOT further delays speed limiter, drug/alcohol clearinghouse rules

The projected publication dates of two looming trucking regulations have been delayed again, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update.

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Owner-operator niche: Household goods hauling offers big bucks for big work

Household goods moving is done almost exclusively by owner-operators. Those who master the skill set can make good money while also gaining valuable management experience, among other perks.

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Who’s OOIDA given to so far this election season?

Data pulled for the period between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, shows no contributions to presidential candidates. It does show broad support for candidates with a record of backing policies also supported by OOIDA.

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