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Sunday Mar 01, 2015 - Shippers conditions improve thanks to diesel pricing, HOS rules

FTR’s Shippers Conditions Index for December 2014 improved to a near neutral reading of -0.6, reflecting the rapid drop in diesel prices along with positive capacity impacts from reversal of some of the Hours of Service rules, according to the research firm.

FTR expects the conditions for shippers to deteriorate in 2015, under the pressure of building regulatory drag and good freight growth straining capacity. Howeve

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Sunday Mar 01, 2015 - Ag Study Shows Increasing Trucking Weights Have No Adverse Impact To Safety And Provide Economic Benefits
ASA Urges Congress to Boost Truck Capacity in Highway Bill
USAgNet - 02/27/2015

The American Soybean Association is touting a research project released yesterday by the Soy Transportation Coalition that examines the effects of increasing truck weight limits on federal highways. The project, titled, 'Heavier Semis: A Good Idea?' was funded by the soybean checkoff and is an update of a 2009 report that looks at the impact o
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Saturday Feb 28, 2015 - Heavier trucks: Safety threat or common sense?

A bill that would increase the weight limits for trucks hauling freight on Minnesota highways and county roads is attracting a lot of debate at the state Capitol.

The bill would allow trucks up to 97,000 pounds spread over seven axles, more than 8 tons heavier than the current 80,000-pound limit.

The proposal has the support of the aggregate and ready-mix industry, which points out that surrounding states and Canada have higher weight limits and Minnesota already allows some hea

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Saturday Feb 28, 2015 - Truckers say push to raise insurance requirements is bad for highway safety, bad for small businesses

(Grain Valley, Mo., Feb. 27, 2015) – Raising insurance minimum requirements for interstate trucking companies would make highways less safe and harm small-business truckers unnecessarily. That is the message delivered by way of public comments submitted by professional truck drivers and owners of small-business trucking companies.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had sought comments to an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking for financial respon

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Friday Feb 27, 2015 - New York Trucker Allegedly Avoided Tolls Using James Bond-Like Device
By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A trucker accused of using a James Bond-style retractable bumper to evade a $95 toll on the George Washington Bridge has been charged with using burglary tools, police said on Thursday.

Hauling a load of candy across the bridge toward New York City on Wednesday, Pablo Ortega flipped a switch on his dashboard as he approached the toll gates over the Hudson River. That engaged a device that tilted up the truck's bumper and attached lic
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Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - How To Be A Better Shipper

Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Speak up, drivers! How do shippers treat you?

TORONTO— How do shippers and consignees routinely treat truck drivers on pickups and deliveries? The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) wants to hear from you on the matter.

The OTA has launched the first-ever Operation UpGRADE survey, a five-minute survey that asks drivers to rate the best and worst facilities based on their performance and treatment of drivers. The survey’s aim is to raise awareness of truck driver treatment among supply chain participants while recogniz

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Iowa Legislature approves fuel tax, truck fee increases
By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor

The state of Iowa is in line for its first fuel tax increase in more than a quarter-century. Permit fees for certain truck loads could also be on the rise.

Iowa lawmakers are working on possible solutions to address an annual transportation funding shortfall estimated at $215 million a year.

Gov. Terry Branstad has called on

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Thursday Feb 26, 2015 - Bill would license, regulate grain dealers
A bill was filed Wednesday (Feb. 25) that would let the State Plant Board require grain dealers to post surety bonds, obtain a license, and temporarily rescind that license without a hearing.

Senate Bill 555, the Arkansas Grain Dealers Act, is a reaction to the loss by Arkansas farmers of millions of dollars unpaid by Brinkley-based dealer Turner Grain Merchandising. Butch Calhoun, Arkansas' secretary of agriculture,
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