Business

FMCSA to study hours, sleeper berth flexibility, wants to recruit 200 trucker participants

The key goal of the research is to determine the safety viability of allowing truckers to split their off-duty time into segments rather than the current requirement that it be 10 consecutive hours or the limited 8/2 split.

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330-truck fleet sat idle for nearly two weeks while trying to shrug out-of-service order

Update, 1/7/16: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced late Thursday, Jan. 7, that it has reinstated Land-Air's "conditional" rating, allowing the carrier to resume its normal operation. The 340-driver fleet had been idle since Dec. 29.

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UCR enforcement for 2016 delayed until Feb. 1

Enforcement of the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement has been delayed until Feb. 1, according to an inspection bulletin released this week by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Enforcement was originally set to begin Jan. 1.

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Spot market update: Hot states for van, flat, reefer

Ring in the new year with these hot market maps for dry van, refrigerated and flatbed trailer loads moving on the spot market within the last week.

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Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term

Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.

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Love’s plans to open record number of stores in 2016

Love’s plans to open more than 40 new locations across 28 states in 2016.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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Daimler announces mass layoff at Freightliner manufacturing plant

Freightliner parent company Daimler Trucks North America issued in late December layoff warnings to nearly 1,000 employees at its Cleveland, North Carolina, truck manufacturing plant.

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Tipping The Scales: Time To Trade In And Trade Up With Cummins ISX15 SmartAdvantage.

Debate set to resume on state’s trucks-only toll plan

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s truck-only toll proposal faces increased opposition when legislators return to work this week.

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Last lawsuit against Pilot Flying J in fuel rebate scheme refiled, carrier claims Pilot targeted ‘mom and pop’ carriers

Wright Transportation out of Mobile filed its suit Dec. 11, 2015, in Mobile County, Alabama, again restating its claims that Pilot intentionally and fraudulently scammed carriers out of tens of millions of dollars in owed fuel rebates.

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