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Tomorrow’s Trucker: How a rapidly evolving trucking industry is reinventing the owner-operator

In this special series, built on months of reporting by Overdrive editors, we take a realistic look at what truck operators can expect from their livelihood in the coming decades, including a look at the evolution of the business model, likely regulatory reform, the daily tasks of tomorrow's trucker and shifts in the trucker pay model.

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Diesel prices spiked nearly 8 cents last week

The price of a gallon of on-highway diesel rose 7.8 cents to $2.099 per gallon.

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FourKites’ new load-tracking service for any cellphone

Real-time location information is fed into the FourKites platform to predict ETAs and provide delay alerts and arrival and departure times at stops using circular and polygon geo-fences.

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Amid ‘fatigued driver’ out-of-service discussions, panel releases report on research into fatigue measurement

The 392.3 "ill/fatigued operator" regulation has come under fire from truckers and inspectors in recent years due to lack of objective standards for its enforcement. A new report from the National Academies in some ways underscores the criticism while charting a course for FMCSA on fatigue research.

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34-hour restart fix left out of FAA extension bill

Hopes that Congress would undo a provision passed in December that could kill the 34-hour restart entirely came up empty when the House's Transportation Committee unveiled the aviation-focused legislation Thursday.

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Eight owner-operator takeaways from a trucking economist’s talk

Here are some points made by trucking economist John Larkin, plus Overdrive's take on how they could have some bearing on owner-operators, especially independents.

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Sleep apnea ‘pre-rule’ officially published, comment period for owner-operators opens

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on the rule about the costs and benefits of requiring drivers with obstructive sleep apnea to undergo evaluation and treatment by a doctor.

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Senate FAA bill skips language on state regulation of truckers’ hours, pay reform

The Senate’s Commerce Committee late Wednesday unveiled its version of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that, unlike its counterpart in the House, does not include trucking-specific language on state regulation of truck drivers’ hours of service and pay.

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Spring freight season has sprung? Spot market volume up in the last week

"Spring appears to have (been) sprung," notes DAT's Ken Harper with this week's spot market update. "Loads up, rates up, hyacinths too" in comparison to the previous week's numbers.

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Another coalition of trucking groups calls on Congress to stop FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule from proceeding

The groups said their major concern is that the Safety Fitness rule "utilizes flawed CSA/Safety Measurement System data and scores,” which Congress directed FMCSA to fix in the FAST Act highway bill passed in December.

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