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Diesel continues downward streak, at lowest point in over 5 years

The U.S.’ average price, now at $2.784, has fallen 16 cents since the week ended April 6. The price is also the lowest since February 2010.

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Concrete haulers granted exemption to hours-of-service provisions; fireworks haulers request one

FMCSA last week granted an exemption to ready-mix concrete haulers from the agency’s 30-minute break requirement implemented in the 2013 hours-of-service changes. It's also considering a temporary exemption for pyrotechnics haulers.

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FMCSA’s hours-of-service restart study: Congressman writes DOT to note concerns about trucker participants

Hanna’s letter includes four key points to Foxx and FMCSA that he says should be considered for the study, including — perhaps of most concern for the study’s efficacy — ensuring selection of drivers that “are truly representative of the industry,” Hanna writes.

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DashHaul aims at the truckload spot market with automated brokerage

DashHaul’s automated brokerage is focused on streamlining shipper/carrier connections with rates that adhere to either the shipper’s custom-set rates or default rates set by an algorhythmic pricing methodology.

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POLL: How far in advance do you negotiate your loads?

Independents, this poll probes the extent to which you pre-plan loads (negotiating a day or days ahead of time) or look to maximize rates by negotiating "the day of" the load.

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Reefer, van, flatbed all see rate increases in March

That’s the first across-the-board rate increase since June 2014 and at least a temporary bright spot in an otherwise rocky 8-month period, with gross rates largely trending downward in that time period and gains built up prior erased.

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On-demand load matching: Where it’s on the way

Tech startups aimed at long-haul TL need critical mass of freight, carrier capacity and more to compete with systems entrenched in the freight market, themselves adopting some Uber-like functionality.

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Trucking employment tumbles in March, in line with other data

Trucking’s employment backslide came as the economy as a whole also slowed its employment gains, adding just 126,000 jobs in the month.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

White House highway bill would also open existing Interstate lanes to tolling

In an otherwise low-drama bill introduction, one provision in the bill has struck a nerve with some both in the trucking industry and outside of it: If passed the bill would remove the current ban on tolling existing Interstate lanes.

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uShip’s vision for mobile-driven ‘little LTL’

uShip CEO envisions tomorrow’s trucker as an independent who uses on-demand platforms to “help them maximize utilization of the asset”; readers' worries over "sharing economy" competition foregrounded.

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