Business

POLL: What’s your business outlook for 2016?

Owner-operators, how do economic conditions and your opportunity for profit look from the driver's seat in your business? Will the coming year be better, about the same or worse than the one in the rear view?

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New trucker-friendly hotel-booking engine

PTAG, the Professional Trucker's Association Group, has launched its "PTAG Safe Truck Parking Program," primarily a hotel-booking engine with negotiated discounts built in, the organization notes.

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Top stories of 2015, Part 1: 1970s trucking, owner-operator pay, suicide by truck, med cert changes and more

Counting down the year's top stories: a look back at the states with the toughest hours enforcement, trucking in the 1970s, the U.S.' first road-legal autonomous truck, owner-operator pay figures and more.

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iPhone app offers post-accident drug-test decision assist

The app, soon to be available for Android, offers an intuitive design to allow carriers to easily assess whether or not an event is an FMCSA-qualified accident requiring post-accident drug/alcohol testing.

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Truckers get $7M in back pay following misclassification claims, strikes

In July, Pac 9 drivers began their sixth and indefinite strike to protest what it says is unfair labor practices at the Carson-based company. The California Labor Commissioner has concluded 38 Pacific 9 Transportation drivers are employees — not contractors — and that the drayage company owes them $6,926,279 in wages.

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‘Beyond compliance’ public meetings to be held in January

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold two public listening sessions about the potential benefits and feasibility of “beyond compliance” incentives for carriers.

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Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash indicted on homicide, assault charges

Kevin Roper, the truck driver at the center of the fatal June 2014 tractor-trailer crash involving actor Tracy Morgan, has been indicted on the manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges brought against him in the aftermath of the crash, court records show.

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Van spot market update — volume, rates relatively steady into holiday week

Van load availability slipped 5 percent last week and truck capacity edged up 1 percent, pushing the average load-to-truck ratio down from 1.7 to 1.6 loads per truck.

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National fuel prices drop below $2.30 per gallon average

Diesel prices across the U.S. dropped for a sixth consecutive week during the week ending Dec. 21, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: Manufacture date or model year?

The short answer is that FMCSA intends to draw the line according to model year, not date of manufacture. The long answer is that mixing language on model year and date of manufacture only complicates things for operators, eventual enforcement...

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