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Thursday Nov 27, 2014 - Should insurance requirements go up? FMCSA asks the questions
By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor

To raise the insurance requirement or not to raise it, that is the question, or at least the gist of the 26 questions the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is posing in an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publish in the Federal Register on Friday, Nov. 28.

FMCSA is considering a rulemaking that would increase the insuran

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Thursday Nov 27, 2014 - NITL to shippers: ‘Be prepared’

Shippers at the National Industrial Transportation League’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, last week were lucky to get there. An early blast of winter disrupted air travel as the conference began, dumping seven feet of snow on Buffalo, New York.

The storm was an unwelcome reminder of last winter’s polar vortex and a portent of supply

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Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 - September freight totals $102.2B; trucks contribute the most

The Trucker News Services

11/25/2014

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $102.2 billion in September 2014 as all five major transportation modes — air, vessel, pipeline, rail, and trucks — carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight than in September 2013, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

September was the seventh consecutive m

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Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 - Salt prices nearly double; Could road conditions be worse than last year?

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Wednesday Nov 26, 2014 - Bear with me as I drone on
CEO, Tech-I-M LLC

This week was spent talking with the ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council about Future Freight Transportation and, for the 21st Century Truck Partnership, reviewing presentations on what technologies can be used to further improve greenhouse gas emissions and reduce fuel consumption. We looked a

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Tuesday Nov 25, 2014 - The Dissolving Silos – The Convergence of 3PLs, Brokers, Carriers
by Mitch Weseley

The logistics service provider (LSP) market landscape is undergoing a titanic shift. The traditional boundaries between brokers, carriers and 3PLs are blurring, particularly in the small- to mid-sized LSP market. Many of these companies are experiencing a blending of the time-honored functions that once separated the

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Monday Nov 24, 2014 - Possible natural gas explosion at trucking facility

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Firefighters are investigating an explosion at a trucking business in Grand Rapids.

The explosion blew out windows and knocked the back wall off of its foundation at an office building inside Masselink Brothers Trucking, located at 901 Freeman Avenue SW near Market, around 4:20 a.m. Monday.

The explosion also caused a flash fire that firefighters were able to put out quickly.

The preliminary investigation indicates it was a natural gas e

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Monday Nov 24, 2014 - Tight truck capacity putting pressure on shippers: FTR

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Shippers continue to feel the effect of tight trucking capacity, according to the latest Shippers Conditions Index compiled by FTR.

The reading of -6.6 in September was basically unchanged from the previous month and reflects sustained capacity tightness and rate increases for fleets. The cost to ship goods is expected to remain elevated, FTR indicated.

It says the typical slowdown in freight tonnage expected during the winter months will this year prov

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Monday Nov 24, 2014 - Issues: Coping with truckers along the interstate
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Traffic continues to be a hot topic with our You’ve Got Issues Facebook group.

Ellen Karsten of Bermuda Dunes put up two posts concerned about trucks constantly roaring along Interstate 10.

“Average speed limit 85!” she writes. “Arizona drivers zooming by, large interstate trucks doing 70! Scary. Where’s the Highway Patrol?&r

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Saturday Nov 22, 2014 - Buffalo snow-pocalypse: Stuck in a truck

TORONTO, Ont. – Earlier this week Brian Foster, a professional driver for Ontario-based J.G. Drapeau Transport, made a delivery he’ll never forget.

On Tuesday, the snowfall in Buffalo, N.Y. shocked residents when an incredible seven feet of white fluffy stuff covered their roads, yards, and cars. Buffalo and surrounding area were (and still are) in a “snow-pocalypse” as it has been dubbed on social media, because of the lake-effect, a weather phenomenon that hap

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