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FMCSA has a new boss: Senate confirms Martinez to run agency under Trump

Testifying before a panel of U.S. Senators in October, Martinez said he intends to uphold the agency’s electronic logging device mandate and institute data-driven reforms to the agency’s regulatory process and, specifically, the oft-criticized Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

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Truckers largely favor rescinding glider kit emissions restrictions; OEMs and dealers mostly oppose

According to the public comments, there is no general industry consensus on the issue. Owner-operators mostly sounded off in favor of EPA’s move to rescind the regulations, while representatives from fleets, truck OEMs, dealers and environmental groups want to keep the regulation as-is.

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‘100 percent OK’ to bring up detention before you get off the phone

'Don't leave money on the table,' redux -- that sentiment could increasingly include examinations of revenue and income per hour in your business' accounting and analysis to help determine effective detention rates in broker/shipper negotiations.

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POLL: Your most-recent truck purchase: Bought new, used, or leased?

Owner-operators, was your most recent truck acquisition a new or glider purchase, a used-truck purchase or a straight lease or lease-purchase? Weigh in here pursuant to an upcoming feature on the truck-purchasing landscape.

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Trump’s highway plan pushes for ramping up Interstate tolling, leaves funding up to states and private sector

Notably, the infrastructure package would repeal the current ban on Interstate tolling, allow for the commercialization of rest areas and alter the types of projects supported by federal funds. It’s unclear whether lawmakers intend to take up Trump’s proposal, which he touted at the State of the Union in late January.

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More tolls or no tolls? Two-thirds of readers say no

Just a third of readers favored any liberalization whatsoever in the ability of government to toll interstate routes, whether current or new routes or expansion lanes.

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Hot economy pushes flatbedders’ income way above their peers

ATBS averages for independents and dry van haulers in 2017 were close to $60,000, but reefer haulers averaged only $49,267.

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Some mottling in recently intense spot market demand maps, as seasonal declines continue

Spot rates in many parts of the country are still above the peak prices from 2017, but van rates are starting to climb down from extreme heights of recent weeks, reefer rates at an even faster pace. At once, this is not a typical February.

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Mintu Pandher’s small fleet success in fuel hauling, truck-stop ownership

Small fleet owner Mintu Pandher, who came to the U.S. with his parents in 1999, followed the growth in oil drilling into independence as an owner-operator. His Akal Energy small fleet grew fairly quickly over several years with contracts with some fuel providers, running out of Laramie, Wyo.

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Report: Detention sucks over $1 billion from truckers’ wages annually, boosts crash risk

Drivers see an average annual pay loss of between $1,281 and $1,534, the report concludes, as well as potentially contributing to an extra 6,500 truck crashes each year. The DOT's Office of Inspector General has called on FMCSA to bolster its data collection efforts around detention and its impacts.

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