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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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CARB exemption, Obamacare deadlines this weekend

Heads-up on two fast-approaching deadlines Jan. 31: 1) Final day to register with and report to the California Air Resource Board for its 1,000-mile low-use exemption. 2) Sunday mark's the end of this year's Obamacare exchange open enrollment.

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New resource for owner-operators on fuel economy testing data

The report’s goal is to help truck buyers wade through the complexities of fuel economy testing and fuel efficiency claims to make more informed buying decisions when it comes to investments in fuel economy, says its producers.

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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What’s the total cost of ownership of a Class 8 truck over 15 years?

A new Class 8 truck off the lot of a dealership is likely going to cost between $113,000 for a day cab and $125,000 for a sleeper, but as owner-operators are well aware, that's jut the beginning of the cost of ownership. Here one report's 15-year total.

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Study: More home time and off time boosts driver pay and mileage

A study published this week by driver recruiting and retention firm Stay Metrics reveals that truck operator mileage sees a jump when carriers allow them to take requested time off from work.

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Trucking rap sheet: Fraudulent CDL school leader goes to prison, as does HHG mover

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in two trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each:

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DOT issues five-year ban to drug tester who issued fraudulent results to trucking co.’s

A DOT drug tester has been issued a Public Interest Exclusion order that bans trucking companies from using his services for five years.

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2016 Best Fleets to Drive For announced by TCA

Fleets are scored on total compensation package, health benefits, pension plans, professional development opportunities, career path/advancement opportunities and more. Here are 2016's 20 winners.

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‘Beyond Compliance’ public listening session to be held Sunday

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will hold the second of two public listening sessions Sunday, Jan. 31, to hear feedback from trucking industry stakeholders on a potential “beyond compliance” program.

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