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Spot market demand weak on West Coast with port disruptions

| February 18, 2015

As spot freight falls into a typical seasonal plateau, the West Coast port disruption throws a complication on top of it All throughout the Western regions things are slower, DAT reports.

Permanent hours-of-service fix, minimum driver age, highway funding top ATA agenda for 2015

| February 18, 2015

In addition to a more long-term hours-of-service fix, Osiecki says ATA will promote increasing fuel taxes to boost highway funding, building a national freight plan, lowering the legal age to obtain a CDL and dealing with federal emissions standards.

Obama sends Labor Secretary to aid in ongoing labor talks at West Coast ports

| February 18, 2015

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined West Coast labor talks after port gridlock was exacerbated by another suspension of weekend vessel work.

Diesel price rises for second straight week

| February 17, 2015

The U.S. average diesel price rose for the second consecutive week for the first time since June 2014.

Construction begins March 7 on new connector at Chicago’s Circle Interchange

| February 17, 2015

A $475 million upgrade to the link between the northbound I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway and the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway westbound in Chicago gets under way March 7. Expect delays.

What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

| February 17, 2015

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

E-log, speed limiter mandates delayed, DOT says in latest regulatory report

| February 16, 2015

The DOT has pushed back projected publication dates for several major trucking regulations expected this year, according to its monthly rulemakings report. Here are the dates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to publish each.

Barriers to the next generation of drivers detailed in ATRI’s demographics study

| February 14, 2015

It will be difficult, noted ATRI President Rebecca Brewster, to keep drivers in trucking if "the drivers are forced ... to drive during periods of increased risk" due to the nature of the hours of service regulations.

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