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Regulatory onslaught to shrink capacity, spur rate increase, economist says

The regulatory bottleneck heading toward the trucking industry in 2014 will further shrink the driver pool and the industry's capacity and could lead to a 6 percent increase in truckload rates by the second quarter of 2014, said Eric Starks

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Owner-operators have potential to get the most out of aero devices, SmartTruck says

SmartTruck's Mitch Greenberg says owner-operators could stand to gain most effectively the benefits from its UnderTray aerodynamic system. The company detailed its rigorous testing methods this week at proving grounds in S.C.

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Trucking employment surges as 8,400 jobs added in November

A total of 8,400 payroll jobs were added to the for-hire trucking industry's payroll in November — the first real jump since the spring of this year — while the U.S. employment rate dropped to 7 percent.

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Broker numbers fall following bond increase, broker group appealing mandate

A broker trade association is appealing a new regulation that changed their minimum bond requirement from $10,000 to $75,000, which it says already has shut down 2,768 brokers not in compliance by Dec. 1 deadline.

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CARB public meetings clarify proposed rule amendments, hear other ideas

In addition to the previously reported six-month "Good Faith" extension, detail here on proposed new NOx-exempt areas and concurrent extensions, a fast-approaching funding deadline, and more.

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House introduces bill that would raise fuel tax 15 cents to fund highways

Presented as a highway funding solution, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced into the House today a bill that if enacted would institute a 15-cent increase per gallon in fuel taxes.

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How to prep your truck for Old Man Winter

Nothing tests a truck’s readiness for climate change like a hard, frigid blast of arctic air. That’s why winter preparation is an annual event for owner-operators. Basic preparation can pay big dividends by avoiding unnecessary downtime.

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Undoing hours rule, implementing e-logs key items on 2014 ATA agenda

ATA Chairman Phil Byrd said undoing this year's hours-of-service rule changes, working on an electronic log mandate, fixing CSA and working to improve driver respect are some key areas ATA will focus on in 2014.

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Diesel price jumps 3.9 cents in first consecutive increase in three months

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel rose for the second week in a row in the week ended Dec. 2, moving up 3.9 cents to $3.883. This is the first time since September the price has increased in back to back weeks.

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FMCSA updates citation protocol to allow removal of violation from CSA, PSP after successful challenge

In an attempt to shore up some of the data quality issues facing FMCSA, the agency has unveiled changes to its data collection system that it says will better account for adjudication after a roadside inspection violation.

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