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Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to lead DOT, names broad top priorities ahead of Jan. 11 Senate hearing

Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Transportation, will appear before a Senate committee next week as part of the nomination and confirmation process for Trump’s incoming administration.

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Readers see racial element in U.S. election

White-grievance or -identity politics, a majority of November/December OverdriveOnline.com poll respondents noted, did play a role among Trump’s voters, while a more vocal minority believed it didn’t.

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OOIDA bands with safety groups in asking FMCSA for drive-time minimum in driver training rule

OOIDA and the other petitioners argue the removal of the 30-hour minimum disregards Congress’ intentions for the rule and the consensus established during rulemaking negotiations between FMCSA and industry stakeholders. The rule is set to take effect in three years.

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Two large carriers to become publicly traded companies as early as this year

Schneider National, the eight largest carrier in the country, has filed an application with the SEC to become publicly owned and begin trading shares on the New York Stock Exchange. Daseke has entered into a merger deal with an investment firm will become a publicly traded company on the Nasdaq.

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Van rates gain momentum, reefer and flatbed flat

Rates for dry van loads in December climbed to their highest monthly average since June, tying that month for the strongest van rates since early fall 2015, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer and flatbed rates in the month were mostly unchanged from November.

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POLL: Berlin- or Nice-style terrorist attack involving a heavy truck — likely in U.S. or not?

In the wake of last year's Berlin and Nice attacks in Europe, how likely do you feel terrorist attacks involving trucks are here in the U.S.?

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Obamacare change ahead, but existing insurance system likely to hold through 2017

Bill Zenk of TrueNorth's TrueChoices private insurance marketplace for owner-operators believes big change is unlikely before 2018, potentially affecting the penalty for tax year 2017. Eventually, he guesses, the individual mandate to carry insurance likely will be on the chopping block.

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Montana temporarily relaxes hours-of-service regulations for certain truckers

Winter weather prompted Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to issue an emergency declaration, allowing drivers hauling propane, heating oil and diesel fuel in Montana to be exempt from hours-of-service regulations.

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Truckers accounted for most workplace fatalities of any occupation in 2015

The Department of Labor says 745 truck drivers died from fatal work injuries during the year.

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Lester Slow presents ‘Trucking with crazy’

This reader's son helped edit this collection of clips captured at various locations around the United States. What do they have in common? Drivers behaving badly, Slow says.

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