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When ‘being in the red is a good thing’: Van spot market hot states — all but Mass., Fla.

The national van average rate is back up to $2.09/mile post-Thanksgiving, and the load to truck ratio is a record 9:3. All states but the two named are shaded deep red, indicating high demand for trucking services ...

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Holiday freight is moving as L.A., Chicago top van markets in latest spot update; reefer strengthening too

Since Hurricane Irma, van freight rate gains have been more or less sustained, and "to put this in perspective, we haven't seen van rates this high for a protracted time ... since the Polar Vortex/Snowpocalypse of 2014," DAT's Ken Harper says.

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Regs’ cost burden, independent contractor misclassification at issue as L.A.-Long Beach port haulers prepare to strike

Los Angeles/Long Beach, Calif., drayage truckers will strike at three companies after both cities unveiled plans to transition to zero-emission trucks by 2035 and promote common environmental standards at ports nationwide.

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December shaping up to be best rate month of 2016 for dry vans

Van rates declined in 68 of the top 100 lanes last week, but December is still shaping up to be the peak month for van rates on average in 2016.

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Van freight ‘unseasonably strong,’ reefer holding — rates haven’t followed up with volumes

The past couple of years have seen the Fall freight season dwindle in intensity, but it's lasted through December and January due to e-commerce. In this weekly spot market update, intel on just what markets are benefiting dry vans and reefers.

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Music video premiere: Boo Ray’s “Keep That Hammer Down”

Exclusive to Overdrive, this premiere of outlaw Americana musician and songwriter Boo Ray's "Keep That Hammer Down" video comes on the heels of Ray's release this year of the "Sea of Lights" record.

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Two steps forward, one step back: Spot market van, reefer rates retreat in last week after gains

After volume and rate gains across van, reefer and flat segments the prior week, this past week has seen van loads flat for volume. More posted trucks resulted in something of a slight rates give-back. But we're still up over the April average.

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Van spot market update: Can you guess the worst-performing lanes of the week?

"What goes up must come down," says DAT's Ken Harper, who notes laws of gravity as a general rule might well be applied to "to truck loads and rates on the spot market," particularly as seen this past week.

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Going where others won’t: Owner-operator Jimmy Nevarez

Nevarez has made a career specialty out of short-haul in Los Angeles, Calif., as an owner-operator in spite of the many naysayers who told him it couldn't be done.

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No-nos — pantless in L.A.

Wendy crosses "wear no pants while driving through L.A." off her bucket list.

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