How a rapidly evolving trucking industry is reinventing the owner-operator

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Given the hype of late about a coming technology revolution in the trucking industry, the framework for which already in place, Overdrive sought to explore these questions in hopes of offering a realistic take on what truck operators can expect from their livelihood in the coming decades.

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Daimler Unveils Highway Pilot Connect Truck Platooning

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Daimler Trucks unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that has already been approved for use in a limited area in Germany, while its Highway Pilot autonomous driving system has been approved for use throughout the country.  Read more here.

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Driving Hours Requirement Remains Sticking Point in Driver Training Plan

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Some 25 years in the making, the entry-level driver training proposal just published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been widely welcomed by the trucking industry—which shouldn’t come as a surprise, since trucking representatives occupied several seats at the table as the requirements were developed last year. But that doesn’t mean the plan is perfect.  Read more here.

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Further Delays in Publication of Speed Limiter Rule

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The projected publication dates of two looming trucking regulations have been delayed again, according to the Department of Transportation’s monthly regulatory update. The delayed rules include a proposal to require speed limiters and one to develop a database of truckers who have failed a drug or alcohol test.  Read more here.

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Trucking – Georgia Wants To Fine Commercial Vehicle “Super Speeders”

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Georgia lawmakers have introduced new legislation that would make commercial vehicles subject to the state’s “Super Speeder” penalties.  If the bill passes, trucks that are travelling 10 m.p.h. over the speed limit would be subject to “Super Speeder” fines.  Read more here.

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Trucking Industry Regulations to Watch in 2016

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Several important laws and regulations have been announced and are awaiting their implementation, affecting motor carriers and freight brokers alike.  Let’s look at them in more detail to see what shape trucking industry trends will take in 2016.  Read more here.

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Trucking – New Driver Coercion Rule is Now in Effect

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On January 29th the new rule prohibiting acts of coercion against truck drivers went into effect giving drivers more rights on the road.  What does this mean for you?  Read more here.

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Trucking – More States Want Snow/Ice Off Trucks

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The word is out from statehouses and state police barracks from Pennsylvania to Vermont that for safety’s sake, snow and ice should be cleared off trucks before they take to the roads.  Read more here.

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Top States for Small Trucking Companies and Truck Drivers

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Alternative financing organization Merchant Cash USA surveyed 3,287 individuals involved in the trucking industry to find out where they thought the best and the worst states to be a trucker or own a trucking company were. The survey included asking questions such as cost of parking overnight, certain fees and regulations in particular states, if location in the U.S. mattered, and how friendly states are to drivers. Results of the survey are listed here.

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Looking at Future Trucking and Logistics Trends

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Shorter supply chains, increased e-commerce, more manufacturing activity and of course a long-awaited capacity shortage are expected to re-shape trucking and logistics needs in the U.S. going forward.  Read more here.

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