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Rates soar in May as flatbed, reefer set records

Rates in all three segments boomed in May, continuing to build on recent per-mile upticks, according to data released June 2 by Internet Truckstop.

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Hard braking causes small load to come loose — Could trucker have prevented it?

A trucker in front of John Doe panic-stopped to avoid a deer, so Doe also hit the brakes hard, causing a tied-down drum to break free and damage his trailer’s interior. Could he have prevented the accident?

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The scrum over mandatory detention pay

Following the Obama administration's nod to the notion of mandatory detention pay in its draft highway bill, debate has intensified over whether the federal government ought to be involved in detention at all.

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9 items struggling owner-operators usually don’t have

After working with owner-operators for the last 37 years, I’ve concluded there are nine items that struggling owner-ops usually are missing. Here they are.

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Tough enough: Volvo’s VNX easily transitions from on-road to off with I-Shift transmission

Equipment Editor Jack Roberts recently took Volvo's versatile VNX for a test spin pulling with flatbed loaded with 77,500 pounds of concrete blocks around 6 and 7 percent grades on Interstate 26 in Tennessee. Here's what he found.

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Clearinghouse rule comments: OOIDA wants protection in reporting, carrier groups want expansion

OOIDA says the rule needs safeguards against carrier reporting measures, while groups like ATA are pushing for an expansion of the ability of carriers to report drug or alcohol violations to FMCSA's database.

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PIB tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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Diesel price down a nickel after string of price drops

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell nine-tenths of a cent in the week ended May 26 to $3.925, according to the Department of Energy. This is the fourth week in a row the price of diesel has declined nationally.

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Citing registry growth, FMCSA denies OOIDA request to delay med examiner rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association its request for a delay in the effective date of the agency's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule.

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Legislation introduced to clarify broker/shipper carrier-selection requirements

TIA believes H.R. 4727 would remove the "confusing and conflicting vagaries" of CSA BASIC data as it relates to charges of the negligent selection of a carrier,

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