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Hours violations, brake issues lead out-of-service orders issued during Roadcheck 2015

For drivers, the leading out-of-service violation was hours-of-service violations, which resulted in 46 percent of the out-of-service orders handed to drivers.

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Report: Higher driver pay, fleet equipment updates increase carrier costs in 2014

Climbing driver pay and new truck orders more than offset lower fuel prices in 2014, according to the annual Operational Costs of Trucking report issued Sept. 28. Here's where else costs rose and fell.

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Inspection hot zone along the southern border

No area of the country shows such a contiguous grouping of high-inspection-intensity states as the four states lining the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

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Acquisition: Broker buys equipment-haul portal

The Absolute Worldwide Logistics broker/3PL has purchased Shipmymachinery.com for an undisclosed sum.

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OOIDA, Congressman, others opposed to FMCSA’s proposed compliance sticker rule

Many trucking industry voices — including one in Congress — submit comments in opposition to FMCSA's proposal to require trucks to be equipped with decals of compliance.

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The scuffle over upping truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds: TCA comes out in opposition, Werner sees mixed benefit

A Congressional move to allow 91,000-pound trucks on U.S. highways would do more to hurt the trucking industry’s productivity than help it, says the Truckload Carriers Association. That and more takes...

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Audio mailbag: More voices in favor of swift action on the problem of uncompensated detention

Calls continue to come in from drivers around the nation in response to the Detention détente series of reports -- in this podcast, drivers weigh in on the regulatory apparatus' potential role.

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IRS to allow higher per diem for meal expenses for owner-ops starting Oct. 1

Truck operators starting Oct. 1 will be able to deduct up to $4 more a day from their yearly income for meal expenses. A change in IRS rules that goes into effect that day raises truckers’ per diem meal expense rates to $63 a day, up from the current $59 mark.

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Van demand follows reefer up Northwest, falls nationally

Van rates held steady, meanwhile, compared to our last update but were down week over week. And: A way to get back to Chicago from Denver without breaking the bank.

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How to see through bad advice on revenue per mile

Adding a stop to a run, even when the rate is good, can be a "dead loser," says Richard DeForest of ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator financial services provider.

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