Riding the spot market boom

| October 01, 2014

Higher than typical volumes on the spot market coupled with tight trucking capacity are improving the rate landscape. Independents: Identify high-demand freight situations and negotiate for top dollar.

Volvo halts natural gas due to market demands

| October 01, 2014

Volvo announced this week it is placing on hold its plans to launch a compression-ignited liquefied natural gas engine in North America, saying it is adapting its plans to the pace of the alt fuel market in the U.S. and Canada.

Rule to increase carrier liability insurance minimum coming as FMCSA sends rule to White House

| October 01, 2014

A rule proposal to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the final stop before the rule is published.

+25 percent: What double the liability insurance coverage will likely cost

| September 30, 2014

One insurance rep cites a likely 25 percent increase in premiums for independent owner-operators boosting $1 million liability coverage to $2M. More on FMCSA's expected insurance-hike proposal here.

Driver who left trailer of rotten chicken at truck stop arrested

| September 30, 2014

Idaho police say they have arrested the driver sought in connection to a trailer abandoned at a Flying J truck stop last week in Montana. The trailer was filled with 37,000 pounds of rotten chicken.

Diesel price continues plummet, at multi-year low

| September 30, 2014

The country's average diesel price is at its lowest point since June 2012, thanks to 11 straight weeks of price drops.

Wal-Mart: Tracy Morgan, others not wearing seat belts in June truck crash

| September 30, 2014

Wal-Mart has denied negligence allegations brought in a recent lawsuit by Tracy Morgan and others involved in a June 7 crash. The private carrier and retail giant also claims Morgan and other plaintiffs weren't wearing seat belts when the crash occurred.

Cargo theft risk still high, FreightWatch says; Theft data for June-August

| September 29, 2014

Between June and August, 182 cargo thefts were recorded in the U.S., according to cargo-theft prevention firm FreightWatch International. Moreover, FreightWatch’s report says the risk level for cargo theft in the U.S. remains high.

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