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Nearly $90M in truck freight stolen in cargo thefts in 2014, report shows

Though the number of theft incidents fell in 2014, CargoNet reports an alarming trend — thieves targeting high value loads and putting in the effort to steal them.

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Diesel starts new downward trend, falls 5.3 cents in latest week

This is the second consecutive weekly price drop — coming after five weeks of increases — and the 30th in the previous 37 weeks.

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DOT should look at uniforming oversize and overweight permitting practices, GAO says

The GAO recommended last month that the DOT identify the best practices for states’ oversize and overweight permitting, including studying automated vehicle routing and escort driver certification.

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Congress’ latest alert over CSA scores

New House bill 1371 would pull carrier CSA scores from public view, require FMCSA to revamp program.

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GAO rep: FMCSA’s app the latest misstep in pushing ‘unreliable’ CSA scores

Susan Fleming of the Government Accountability Office said FMCSA's smartphone app release this week, which highlights carriers' CSA ratings, again exposed the need to remove the scores from public view.

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Danny can drive it

Meet Auto DriveAway contract driver Danny Murdock and several of the specially-equipped vocational trucks that are his rolling freight.

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POLL: Best day of the week to negotiate for and book a load?

Independents, in your experience, what day of the week yields the best rates during broker negotiations? Tell us in this poll -- further thoughts on the reasons why/anecdotes, sound off in the comments.

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Used post-2010 sleeper trucks growing in availability, could give owner-ops chance at more fuel efficient models

The number of 3- to 5-year-old trucks available on the used truck market saw an uptick in recent months due to an influx in new truck orders and corresponding trade-ins. A flood of 3-5-year-old trucks could give owner-operators the chance at getting in a more fuel efficient model.

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Industry concerns aside, FMCSA releases smartphone app to allow easier access to CSA scores

Despite the trucking industry’s concerns over the quality, quantity and consistency of the data used to form CSA rankings, FMCSA unveiled a smartphone app designed to encourage use of those rankings by brokers, insurers and others.

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Learning the support ropes: D’Ann Shapiro-Landman

How Shapiro-Landman transitioned to "glove-box office" manager for her husband's soon-to-be-minted owner-operator business after a law enforcement career.

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