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FMCSA to begin field testing wireless roadside inspection tech next year, looking for participants

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s testing of wireless roadside inspection technology will enter its third and final phase in December 2015, when it will over the course of a year perform roadside inspections of logbooks, licenses and more as trucks continue to move at highway speeds.

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Getting the best rates: Two approaches

Owner-operators Rico Muhammad and Chad Boblett share Tortoise-and-Hare approaches to using data toward commanding better rates.

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Trucking employment continues to climb, sees solid gain in Sept.

Trucking employment in the for-hire trucking industry saw a healthy jump in September, gaining 3,800 jobs from the month prior, according to the Labor Department's monthly report. Trucking’s gains were in line with the economy as a whole, which added 248,000 non-farm jobs in the month and the country’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent — the lowest since July 2008.

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Questions remain for cross-border trucking as pilot program nears end

With the expiration of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico coming Oct. 14, both the future of cross-border trucking and the effectiveness of the agency's three-year test are unclear.

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Pilot offering free showers for fuel purchases

Pilot Flying J announced this week it is offering free daily showers to all drivers who pump more than 500 gallons of fuel in a month.

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Spot market rates remain hot despite September declines

Per-mile rates on the spot market fell in September in both dry van and flatbed segments, but reefer saw a small uptick. Rates in all three segments remain well above the same month last year.

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Truck driver in deadly Oklahoma truck-bus crash didn’t brake, perform evasive maneuvers

The operator of a Quickway Transportation truck that left a northbound Interstate lane Sept. 27 and entered the southbound Interstate lane and subsequently collided with a bus — killing four college-age women — did not brake or perform any evasive maneuvers, according to preliminary work done by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Riding the spot market boom

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.

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Volvo halts natural gas due to market demands

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.

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

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.

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