Pilot Flying J seeking nominations for Road Warrior trucker recognition program

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Pilot Flying J is looking to recognize who it calls “heroes of the road” by opening the nomination period for the company’s fourth annual Road Warrior contest.  The grand prize winner will receive $10,000, and the second and third place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500, respectively.  Read more here.

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Ohio Bills Would Spend $8 Million To Train New Truck Drivers

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The Ohio lawmakers say that their state is so desperate for truck drivers that they are considering bills that would funnel millions of dollars into truck driver training programs. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have come together to address what they call a workforce shortage in the trucking industry. They have introduced a package of four bills intended to attract more qualified workers into the state’s trucking jobs. Read more here.

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Trucking named one of the top 10 deadliest jobs in the U.S.

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New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics proves that trucking is one of the most dangerous jobs in America.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 was the deadliest year for U.S. workers since 2008, with 4,836 employees dying on the job. In 2008, 5,214 were killed on the job.  Read more here.

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Van freight ‘unseasonably strong,’ reefer holding — rates haven’t followed up with volumes

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Van freight didn’t see a big boost in the last full week of October, but load posts started rising at the end of the week, with an extra surge on Halloween. The month as a whole was strong compared to last year.  Read more here.

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Truck Cargo Theft Figures Mixed, Overall Value of Heists Falls

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Two new reports paint slightly different pictures of cargo theft, but there is no doubt the problem continues, especially in certain parts of the country and for specific types of freight. Read more here.

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Small Trucking Firms Fear Being Driven Out of Business by Electronic Log Rule

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A new regulation that will force U.S. trucking companies to electronically log employee hours is designed to limit accidents by keeping tired drivers off the road.  It may also drive smaller trucking firms out of business.  Read more here.

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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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