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Fleetmaster Express boosts pay for regional drivers

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its regional drivers of more than 14 percent. The Roanoke, Va.-based company says it also recently enhanced its detention pay, holiday pay and 401(k) program, and also offers an incentive bonus plan, holiday and vacation pay and bonuses for driver referrals and U.S. Department of Transportation inspections. Drivers can expect no-touch and no hazmat freight, weekly settlements and quality home time. Fleetmaster also offers local and dedicating hauling opportunities.

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Transport America acquires stake in Optimal Freight

Transport America, an Eagan, Minn.-based truckload carrier and TransForce subsidiary, acquired a majority stake in Chicago-based Optimal Freight, a privately held nonasset-based truckload freight brokerage company that provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Optimal Freight manages the requirements, capabilities and freight patterns of shippers and carriers to create solutions designed to maximize productivity and cost efficiency. Transport America said the acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, expands its capabilities to create solutions ...

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Medical certification: A cautionary tale

The screws are tightening on truckers' medical certification. Prepare for re-certs: "Have documentation from attending physicians on any diagnosis that may raise a red flag during a DOT physical."

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FMCSA removes CSA scores in wake of highway bill signing

As required by the FAST Act highway bill, signed into law by President Obama the afternoon of Dec. 4, FMCSA has pulled the CSA Safety Measurement System from public view.

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Employment report: Trucking adds 2,300 jobs

The U.S. economy as a whole in November added 211,000 jobs, and the country’s unemployment rate held at 5 percent.

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Long-term highway bill that slashes CSA clears Congress, goes to White House for sig

The U.S. Senate passed late Thursday the five-year, $305 billion FAST Act highway funding bill, sending the legislation to President Obama for his signature. The bill includes a number of trucking regulatory reforms, including removing carrier rankings in the CSA program from public view.

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Parking: Data on rest areas v. truck stops

Data show that parking issues aren’t limited to states showing a high percentage of publicly controlled spaces or those with a high percentage of private spaces.

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These latest numbers show the Thanksgiving effect on the flatbed spot market

Where it's hot and not: The holiday week saw flatbed load availability, predictably, fall -- bright spots exist in Medford, Ore.; Rapid City, S.D.; Omaha, Neb.; Little Rock, Ark.; Shreveport, La.; and Montgomery, Ala.

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FAST Act highway bill: What trucking measures made it, what didn’t

In: Major CSA reform, expansion of driver drug testing, detention study and more. Out: Younger truckers and a measure that could have harmed small business truckers.

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Truck parking, state by state

Overdrive’s national rankings of states' trucking parking shortages is presented in an interactive map. Use the map to access more national data on where the problem is worst (California, Rhode Island...), likewise our most recent coverage of the parking issue.

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