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Small fleet shut down after post-crash investigation revealed bevy of safety violations

A five-truck fleet out of LaGrange, Ga., has been issued an effective shutdown order by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration after an investigation revealed the company did not adhere to driver qualification, drug testing, maintenance regulations and more.

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North Carolina enforcement: Where officer discretion can help

Professionalism at roadside can go a long way in influencing enforcement actions in North Carolina. The highway patrol there isn't, by and large, "looking to jam up guys who are decent,” operators note. More in this CSA's Data Trail profile of the state, by the numbers.

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Professionals behaving unprofessionally: Letter from a truck stop maintenance man

The crux of Charles Brady's argument is that there's a strong current of unprofessional selfishness rearing its head in a lack of basic courtesy on offer from drivers at his truck stop. He pleas to the true professionals for help.

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Insurgent candidate Fred Zuckerman argues for effective organizing in bid for Teamsters presidency

Ballots in the Teamsters' leadership election were mailed out October 6. Central to Zuckerman's candidacy is Teamsters expansion and something of a retrenchment in freight -- bolstering "organizing in our core industry, in the freight industry."

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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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