Minimum CDL driver training standards rule set to publish next month, DOT says

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A Final Rule to implement minimum truck driver training standards is on track to publish in the Federal Register on Nov. 10, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update.  Read more here.

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Trucking Conditions Index Reflects Improved Market

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index improved in July reflecting improved market prospects as a result of moderate economic growth and a regulatory environment that is tightening capacity.  Read more here.

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Trucking employment grew for second straight month in August

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The for-hire trucking industry’s total employment grew by 3,400 jobs in August, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report. The DOL also upwardly revised July’s gains to 2,200.  Read more here.

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Cab Seat Technology Addresses Truck Driver Health

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Driving a truck for hours on end day after day takes its toll on the body, but the engineers of today’s cab seats are doing more than ever to address driver health and comfort concerns. These seats offer an array of features that soothe body aches and pains, reduce vibration and accommodate the range of body sizes.  Read more here.

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Truckers – Michigan set to begin roadside drug testing pilot program

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The state of Michigan will implement a pilot program later this year that will allow police to conduct roadside saliva tests to determine the presence of drugs in a driver’s system.  Read more here.

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Freight TSI Up for 2nd Month

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The Freight Transportation Services Index, which is based on the amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry, rose 0.2 percent in May from April, rising for the second consecutive month, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The May 2016 index level (121.8) was 28.6 percent above the April 2009 low during the most recent recession.  Read more here.

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Roadcheck 2016: What your drivers need to know

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It’s that time of year again.  The 29th annual International Roadcheck takes place this week.  And this year, there’s an emphasis on tire safety.  Read more here.

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