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Diesel price spikes 4.7 cents in second largest weekly gain in a year

The national average diesel price in the week ended Feb. 3 spiked 4.7 cents to $3.951, the largest week to week increase since Sept. 2 and the second largest in nearly a year, when the price rose 5.3 cents in the week ended Feb. 18.

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‘Trucking always a target for regulations’ — Overdrive editor talks politics, trucking regs on Road Dog

A few weeks back, Overdrive Executive Editor Jack Roberts went on Mark Wills' Road Dog Trucking News on Sirius to talk trucking regulations and how they relate to political ideologies of the day.

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Pay by performance, rate trends

Was 2013 the year that changed driver pay forever? Gordon Klemp seems to think so. Catch a vid with him here from the TCA meeting in Nashville and find out why. Some potentially good news in it for independents.

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Did 2013 forever change the way drivers are paid? Performance-based pay making headway

A series of indicators and some anecdotally established patterns supported by data show an increasing willingness among truckload carriers to use performance-based pay systems for drivers.

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Treating truckers as second-class: Fleets advised not to do so at retention conference

At a conference held in Nashville for fleet executives about ways fleets can better recruit and retain drivers, Load One CEO John Elliot said fleets need to avoid a company culture that alienates drivers and makes them feel second-tier.

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Trio of House bills aimed at increasing use of natural gas in long-haul trucking

Two members of the House have introduced pieces of legislation to increase natural gas use in long-haul trucking by finding and eliminating barriers preventing the fuel from catching on and establishing corridors for nationwide truck lanes.

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Hours of service waivers for propane haulers extended to Dakotas, Florida

Propane haulers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Florida now are temporarily exempt from federal hours of service regulations, per two declarations issued this week by the FMCSA. Regional waivers now cover more than two-thirds of the U.S.

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Trucking groups question FMCSA hours study, Congressman says it’s ‘worthless’

Rep. Richard Hanna called FMCSA's study "worthless," while OOIDA says it is skeptical of the agency's findings. ATA says the study does not provide any justification for the rules.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Drivewyze: Free weigh-station alert function for app

The PreClear weigh-station bypassing service is out in a new version, PreClear 3.0, which includes a feature available to app users without a subscription -- a free nationwide weigh station and inspection site alert service.

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FMCSA concludes new hours of service rule better for safety in its long-awaited study

In its long-awaited field study on the current hours rule, FMCSA has concluded that the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period requirements of the 34-hour restart provisions of the rule cause truck operators to drive safer and be better rested.

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