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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Wireless inspections: 24/7 exposure of truck, driver violations

It’s easy to conjure a scenario of total on-highway enforcement of truck and driver regulations, enabled by a nationwide rollout of vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communications. Growing industry adoption of telematics systems, work by FMCSA to ramp up wireless inspections and several other trends could lead to such a national system in the coming decades.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Advances in technology point toward hours relief

Technological advances over the next two to three decades could massage one of owner-operators’ biggest pain points: hours of service regulations seen as too restrictive for truckers’ productivity and too rigid for their highly variable schedules. Equipment innovations could play into the industry’s interest in either extending drivers’ on-duty time or allowing greater flexibility in divvying it up.

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Change for the better or nails in the coffin: Talking the future with Gary Carlisle

Whether the future landscape of greater risk translates to a boon for the future generations of owner-operators willing to assume the risk themselves as independents, or not, is one of many areas discussed in this podcast conversation with current owner/former operator Gary Carlisle.

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Spot market van, reefer, flat update: March living up to its name

Here's the skinny -- and more detail on hot markets -- on activity and rate movement within the last week in flatbed (up), reefer (up in spots) and van (fairly flat) segments.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Meet the pilot-monitor, master of the autonomous truck

Where do automated trucks leave truck drivers? The common concern among truckers is that they themselves won’t be needed. That refrain, however, likely is ungrounded. Drivers’ jobs will become like that of airline pilots, not only watching the vehicle but also closely overseeing a variety of sophisticated systems...

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N.C. reviewing I-77 contract after toll company files bankruptcy in Texas

North Carolina is reexamining a Cintra subsidiary’s contract to add toll lanes to I-77 after a separate division of the corporation became the second of its subsidiaries holding a road contract with a state to file bankruptcy since 2014.

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One independent’s comeback from the brink: A run with Ted Bowers

A rare opportunity to make part of a run with Kingston, Tenn.-based Ted Bowers, owner of the small trucking company that bears his name, yields a story of adversity overcome that holds lessons in the importance of close freight, accounting, driver and other partnerships.

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FMCSA proposes rule to help military veterans obtain CDL, get into trucking industry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking to make it easier for current and former military personnel to obtain a commercial learner’s permit or CDL with two regulatory changes.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker — The new face of independence: Autonomy, partnerships and technology

As the Millennial generation takes the reins of trucking, a new business model built upon connectivity will define the most successful owner-operators. Here’s how owner-operators of the future survive and thrive…

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Fireworks haulers want hours exemption renewed, loggers seek securement exemption

The FMCSA is seeking public comment on two exemption requests – one for fireworks haulers from the 14-hour rule during the July 4 holiday period, and one for the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association from certain cargo securement regulations.

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