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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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Rate forecast functionality coming to Truckstop.com’s Rate Analysis tool in Q1 2017

The Rate Forecasting tool will allow users to "predict the future" in a sense, offering the ability for carriers and brokers to see with some confidence just "where you’re going with rates," company reps said.

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Van freight ‘unseasonably strong,’ reefer holding — rates haven’t followed up with volumes

The past couple of years have seen the Fall freight season dwindle in intensity, but it's lasted through December and January due to e-commerce. In this weekly spot market update, intel on just what markets are benefiting dry vans and reefers.

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Trucking industry employment jumped in October, September

The for-hire trucking industry added 3,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in October, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly report. The DOL also upwardly adjusted trucking’s employment stats for September by more than 5,000 jobs.

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Kevin Rutherford’s case to brokers for stronger partnerships with owner-operators

Hear how Kevin Rutherford broke the ice with a roomful of brokers: "Many of my listeners think the majority of this room are lying, cheating scumbag parasites sitting in a room with a phone and an internet connection sucking all the profit out of the load."

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Parking needs on Washington State’s radar

If you don’t include three truck stops at the north, south and eastern edges metropolitan Seattle, the area containsonly about 200 to 300 truck parking spaces. It's a fact that Washington State patrol is well aware of and is making moves to combat.

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Convoy tech-enabled brokerage inks deal with Unilever to handle ‘millions’ in freight in 2017

The Convoy deal with shipper Unilever is victory for a young brokerage operating in something of a nontraditional way, enabled by technology to streamline elements of the freight transaction (think "uberization of trucking") -- in an increasingly crowded market.

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Three states suspend hours of service regulations for gas haulers

Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina have suspended hours of service regulations for gas haulers in the states to minimize disruption of transportation in the states.

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Court rules PSP reports don’t violate driver privacy

In 2014, six truckers filed a class action suit, but the federal district court rejected arguments that FMCSA’s inclusion of less serious violations in PSP reports violates applicants’ privacy and that the agency lacks authority to release it.

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