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Brief longshoremen strike temporarily halted truck activity at major East Coast ports Friday

Port officials had begun barring trucks from lining up on port roadways 11 a.m., only a few minutes after announcing the surprise work stoppage. A little later, the port authority said that full operation was being restored.

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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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CARB exemption, Obamacare deadlines this weekend

Heads-up on two fast-approaching deadlines Jan. 31: 1) Final day to register with and report to the California Air Resource Board for its 1,000-mile low-use exemption. 2) Sunday mark's the end of this year's Obamacare exchange open enrollment.

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Love’s opens new Holcomb, Kan. store

Love's Travel Stops has opened a new location in Holcomb, Kan., giving the company its fifth Kansas store.

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Ryder, Shell partnering for 15 LNG-fueled trucks

Shell will fuel 15 liquefied natural gas heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas operations for Ryder in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas, Ryder has announced.

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Creative uses for the Reader Rigs gallery: Poetry

Reader Richard King this week posted what might be the first bit of poetry to grace the halls of Overdrive's Reader Rigs photo gallery: Find his "Harvest Man" here.

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Volvo separating truck brands into four new units, including Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks

Volvo Group announces it is shifting to a brand-based organization with clearer commercial accountability for the group’s various truck brands.

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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Reader: Do I need to comply with California meal and rest break rules?

Short answer: California's meal and rest break provisions are seeing some litigation after court precedent. Some employers in a defensive posture are requiring the breaks of their drivers, adding complexity on top of an already complex federal hours reg.

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What’s the total cost of ownership of a Class 8 truck over 15 years?

A new Class 8 truck off the lot of a dealership is likely going to cost between $113,000 for a day cab and $125,000 for a sleeper, but as owner-operators are well aware, that's jut the beginning of the cost of ownership. Here one report's 15-year total.

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