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Complexity on the spot market with Q3 end, hurricane, Hanjin, holidays

By and large, sands shifted last week on the spot market, and though demand and volume indicators for dry van and reefer segments have shown marked improvement (and particularly on a year-over-year basis), rates haven't caught up, yet.

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NTSB: More stringent drug screening needed for truck operators

NTSB found in its investigation of a fatal 2015 crash that the trucker at fault had illegally used methamphetamine before the crash occurred. The drug use should have been detected in a pre-employment screening, NTSB says.

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Trucking dropped 3,600 jobs in September, Labor Dept. says

The transportation and warehousing sector as a whole lost 9,000 jobs in September. Manufacturing lost 13,000 jobs, while the construction industry added 23,000 jobs. The retail trade sector added 22,000 jobs.

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Progressive Insurance releases tool aimed to help bring more drivers into trucking

Progressive's New Trucker's Playbook walks potential truckers through the process of becoming a truck driver from getting a CDL to obtaining MC and USDOT numbers to getting the right insurance.

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Gunman who shot Pa. trucker sentenced to 5-10 years in prison

The gunman, a former dispatcher, attacked the trucker with a towing chain in the company’s parking lot. The Georgian national shot the PEG driver with a borrowed 9 mm gun before fleeing by car with his accomplices. The trucker has since recovered from the gunshot wound.

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ATA calls speed limiter mandate proposal flawed, says it won’t support rule as published

The American Trucking Associations Oct. 6 released a statement saying it does not support the recent speed limiter mandate proposal issued by the U.S. DOT. The trucking lobbyist’s stance comes despite its request to the DOT for such a rule, pointing to the DOT's lack of a fully formed proposal as reason why.

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Comment period opens for proposed CSA changes, FMCSA hosting Q&A sessions

the main changes available for preview include lowering intervention thresholds for some SMS categories, raising the threshold in one BASIC and making the Hazmat BASIC public. The agency also has proposed upping the minimum number of crashes needed before registering a Crash Indicator BASIC ranking.

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‘Slow Down’: More near misses caught on dashcam

A video compilation of near misses from the truck drivers field of view, from the folks at the 'Real American Trucker' Facebook page.

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Report: Speed limiter usage already prevalent among large fleets

More than 85 percent of fleet respondents in a recent survey their fleet’s trucks are equipped with speed limiters, according to a survey performed this year by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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R.I.’s trucks-only toll plan approved by DOT, truck group vows to continue fight

The tolls will be used to reconstruct or replace 34 bridges. "The trucking industry remains unified and resolute in its fight against this policy," said R.I.'s trucking association. "We will use every resource and tactic available to us to win in the political, legal and commerce arenas."

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