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What Causes Shippers To Receive Lower Truckload Pricing?

When it comes to getting a good price, there are things that one would reasonably suppose would lead a shipper to get better pricing when dealing with carriers. But do they? For example, one might reasonably expect that the way a shipper treats drivers when they arrive on site to pick up or drop off a load, could affect price or service levels. For example, is there an onerous driver check in process? Do the drivers have

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Spot Van, Flatbed Rates Inch Upward Amid Higher Freight Levels

National average truckload van and flatbed rates each rose a penny on increased demand for freight hauling services during the week ending May 28 compared to the previous week, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards. An 8.5% increase in the number of spot loads, as truck capacity was nearly unchanged, and a 2.6% increase in diesel prices also played key roles. The number of available van loads jumped 16% while van capacity was unchanged last week. This pushed the van load-to-truck ratio up to 1.9 loads per truck while

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Calstart: Easing the Way to Cleaner Trucking

Going green isn’t cheap, and for many in the trucking industries the extra cost often has meant that the cleaner choice doesn’t get made. That’s a situation California-based Calstart wants to end. The organization is dedicated to helping commercial trucking interests as well as air quality and public health regulators work cooperatively. It’s a role that often puts the nonprofit in an awkward spot as mediator between two sets of antagonistic players — regulators attempting to enforce various legislative requirements and commercial interests threatened by the costs of complying with ever-strengthening clean air rules.

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Driverless future ahead for trucking?

Disciples of self-driving vehicles promise a revolution that will reduce emissions, boost productivity, revive U.S. manufacturing, and reduce deaths from traffic accidents. Yet many enthusiasts downplay another possible consequence: The elimination of millions of blue-collar jobs so far shielded from the off-shoring and automation that decimated millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs. Truck driver is the most common occupation in Indiana and 28 other states, according to a study by National Public

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Trucking industry association calls on Congress to retain HOS restart rule

The American Trucking Associations is calling on Congress to move forward with legislation that would retain the current hours-of-service restart rule for commercial motor vehicle drivers. Because of a missing sentence in the most recent Omnibus appropriations bill, the future of the restart rule is in jeopardy, ATA officials stated May 19. Both chambers of Congress would need to approve language to secure the HOS restart rule, and President Barack

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