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22 Dec 17

The FMCSA finally issued its Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which suggests raising the minimum financial responsibility required of carriers, but the notice stops short of suggesting a dollar amount. Instead, the FMCSA is asking for input from trucking companies and other industry stakeholders. The ANPR includes 26 questions that the FMCSA is looking to have answered during the proposal's public comment period, which ends Feb. 26.

Dec 17

Two of the most controversial parts of last year’s Hours of Service (HOS) overhaul have officially been rolled back – at least for the time being. Truck drivers are still limited to a maximum of 70 hours per week, and they can resume work only after 34 hours off the clock, but that 34-hour restart is no longer required to include two periods between 1:00 AM and 5:00 AM, and a driver may again use the restart more than once in a given week.

Dec 16

You know how to come up with a price for your trucks, but what if you knew the average of everyone else's prices? Some companies will say that they can tell you, with rate tools and third-party pricing benchmarks.That's valuable information, increasing transparency to negotiations between carriers and load providers, and it eliminates lot of the hassle that comes with haggling. But the data in these rate tools is only valuable if it’s accurate. Not all rates are created equal. Here are five things to look for when looking at the numbers.

Dec 15

We talked to TIA Senior Government Affairs Manager Chris Burroughs to see how the changes in Washington will affect transportation and logistics professionals. See his opinion, as well as a status report on trucking regulations that are likely to be acted on in the coming year. Plus, read about the recent suspension of certain Hours of Service regulations for drivers.

Dec 11

A November storm that brought more than five feet of snow to Buffalo, and sub-freezing temperatures to other major freight markets, revived unpleasant memories among transportation and logistics professionals. See why a harsh winter in 2015 would be even worse than last winter—plus tips on how to find capacity in a snowstorm.

Dec 09

At first glance, freight trends and rates seem to be about average in Dallas, but a lane-by-lane analysis reveals that outbound rates vary wildly, according to your destination.

Dec 08

As fuel prices continue to decline, so do fuel surcharges. Carriers get paid less, but lower fuel costs lead to an improvement in bottom-line results for most fleets. Reduced fuel prices also contribute to economic growth, which in turn, boosts demand for freight transportation.

1 Nov 26

Economic growth leads to more freight, which adds to pressure on truck and rail capacity. Experienced drivers are leaving the industry to find new job opportunities, just as the impact of regulatory changes is taking a bite out of recruitment and retention. Ports are backlogged, the weather is unpredictable. How can carriers, brokers and 3PLs price their services effectively, in such a changeable environment?

Nov 20

Snow came early this year to the Midwest and Northeast, affecting pre-Thanksgiving transportation in a number of important freight hubs. Buffalo, NY was hardest hit. How does the "snowpocalypse" affect your freight rates?

Nov 14

It’s time to park the notion that load boards are just for backhaul freight. This year, about 45% of all spot market rates on North American lanes tracked by DAT have been higher than contract rates because truck capacity has been so tight.We also found out in September that, of the 18,255 lanes within our 65,000-lane U.S. database that had roundtrips of 500 miles or more, 53 percent of the moves were headhaul. [More]