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Carrier asks FMCSA for exemption from short hauler log-keeping rules, blames detention time

The request would exempt Farruggio’s drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation from having to complete a daily record of duty status. The company says approximately 12 percent of its drivers exceed the 12-hour limitation on a weekly basis, primarily due to waiting times at rail yards and piers.

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Home delivery: If not by drone, then by driverless truck. Or both.

Google’s gotten plenty of publicity with its moves toward drone-delivered packages. Now a patent awarded to the company this week indicates it’s eyeing another delivery technology: autonomous trucks.

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Reefer, van spot market update: Rates ‘may have finally bottomed out’

Weekly spot market update for first week of February, the slowest month on DAT's load boards, shows reefer lulls in the very-low-demand Pacific Northwest, as well as Florida and Georgia. Southern-border reefer activity is beating California, too.

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Owner-operator sues CRST over alleged racial discrimination in non-driving trainer job

A current owner-operator and former CRST Expedited driver trainer has filed a lawsuit against CRST claiming a colleague regularly harassed him because of his skin color, insulted and humiliated him in front of his peers and, ultimately, publicly assaulted him and fired him.

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An hourly future for driver pay?

There's evidence that legal and other pressures could lead to more prevalence for a time-based pay model, particularly for company drivers. Should a state-to-state patchwork of enforceable labor laws be the way forward?

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Pilot Flying J’s former president indicted in fuel rebate withholding scheme

Court records include transcripts of conversations -- secretly recorded by an FBI informant working for Pilot -- held between Hazelwood and other Pilot employees allegedly discussing the scam and how to use it against trucking companies who signed diesel fuel purchasing contracts with the truck stop chain.

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Future of brokerage: Cargo Chief to bet on pay for time

Cargo Chief head Abtin Hamidi wants to "change the way freight is bought and sold," he says -- the company plans to launch a lump-sum pay-for-time model in its contracts with independents and small fleets.

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Spot market rates update: Van, flatbed sink in January while reefer sees small gain

Spot market rate averages in all three major truckload segments compiled from January transaction data.

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Country’s average fuel price a fraction above $2 in latest report

Diesel prices dropped for the 13th consecutive week last week, falling to $2.008 per gallon.

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Driver shortage: Readers weigh in on turnover, rates, pay, working conditions and more

What's your view? Respondents to recent polling expressed widely different views about a driver shortage. About half of readers consider it real, while the other half view it as myth or primarily a misnomer for other things, low pay chief among them.

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