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Highway Bill: Good News, Bad News for Brokers

After relying on a series of short-term extensions to fund our nation’s highways, the president has signed into law a 5-year, $305 billion highway funding bill. In addition to providing a stable source of funding for transportation projects, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act contains a number of new regulations. Here are elements of the bill that will interest brokers. National Carrier Hiring Standard… Read More

Highway Bill: Good News, Bad News for Brokers

After relying on a series of short-term extensions to fund our nation’s highways, the House and Senate have passed a 5-year, $305 billion highway funding bill. Today it is on its way to the president to sign. In addition to providing a stable source of funding for transportation projects, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act contains a number of new regulations. Here are elements of the bill that will interest… Read More

Flaw in Highway Bill Would Hurt Small Carriers

A new highway funding bill has passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but the House version has a major flaw that would pose huge problems for small carriers and… Read More

Carrier Hiring Standard Survives in House’s Highway Bill—With One Flaw

The National Carrier Hiring Standard survived in the six-year transportation reauthorization bill, which the House of Representatives passed last Thursday. Before the hiring standard can become law, the House version must be reconciled with the language in the bill passed by the Senate in July. House’s highway bill… Read More

MC Numbers Going Away—But Not So Soon

UPDATE 1/17/17: The FMCSA announced that it is temporarily putting on hold the effective date for EXISTING carriers and brokers to begin using the new Unified Registration System. The agency has not yet set a new effective date. For… Read More

Goodbye, MC Numbers. Hello, Unified Registration System.

UPDATE 1/17/17: The FMCSA announced that it is temporarily putting on hold the effective date for EXISTING carriers and brokers to begin using the new Unified Registration System. The agency has not yet set a new effective date. For… Read More

How to Get Your Operating Authority

UPDATED: May 8, 2018. If you're an owner-operator who's leased on with a carrier, you've probably toyed with the idea of getting your own authority. While there's a lot less financial risk when you’re leased on, many drivers want the chance to earn more money and run independently. It takes about 5 to 7 weeks to complete your authority. There are a lot of upfront costs associated with getting your operating… Read More

HOS Rules Cost Drivers Billions in Wages

The hours-of-service rules that went into place in 2013 hurt trucking companies economically. The HOS rules reduced fleet productivity by 3% to 5%, and drivers lost between $1.6 billion to $3.9 billion in wages as a result of the legislation. Rates rose as capacity tightened, but not enough to offset the operational losses.… Read More

TIA Calls For Removal of CSA Scores

Need Info on Carriers?DAT CarrierWatch® verifies carriers’ DOT authority, insurance and CSA scores.Learn more about CarrierWatchAdd CarrierWatch to your load boardContact usFor years, carrier groups… Read More

Brokers, Shippers Are Liable for CARB-TRU Compliance

The deadline for reefer compliance was January 1, and California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) is already fining carriers for continuing to use non-compliant transport refrigeration units (TRU) within the state’s borders. Shippers, freight forwarders and brokers are also liable, however. If you expect to handle any refrigerated freight in California during the peak produce season, you can still set up your… Read More