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07/31/14
DAT: Spot rates downshifted last week

On the spot market, both truckload demand and capacity slipped across the board during the week ending July 26, according to DAT Solutions, which operates a network of load boards.

In that last full week of July, DAT found that the national average spot-market van rate declined 3 cents (1.4%) to $2.07 per mile, including fuel surcharge).

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07/31/14
House insists on highway extension through May

Action almost certainly means the Senate will back down, thwarting action this year to adopt a longer-term measure

The House on Thursday voted by a large margin to continue funding and spending authority for surface transportation program through May 2015 as it prepared to adjourn later in the day.

The 272 votes to insist on the House version of the highway extension bill (H.R. 5021) included 45 Democrats and all but two Republicans.

The House had been planning to adjourn immediately, but it hit a snag over an unrelated issue. In any event, there’s no indication that the House would be willing or even able to consider a Senate-passed bill until September.

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07/31/14
Technology as safety net for drivers

Yesterday was a milestone for our family. It wasn’t one of the huge milestones, mind you-- no birth of a child or grandchild, no wedding or even a graduation. But in some respects, it might be the scariest transition of them all.

Our oldest child got his driver’s license.

As I paced nervously at the DMV during my son’s road test, I thought about how tough it was just to be in the car with him while he drove. I was terrified at the prospect of handing him the keys and giving him total, unfettered control.

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07/31/14
FTR details economics-based sessions it will host at IANA intermodal event

Transportation research and analysis firm FTR has announced content for the “Intermodal Economic Environment” track of educational sessions it’s organizing for the next Intermodal Expo of the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

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07/31/14
Kenworth offering Spicer AdvanTEK 40 tandem axle

Kenworth is now accepting orders for Class 8 vehicles spec’d with the Dana Spicer AdvanTEK 40 tandem axle. The axle can be ordered on P&D, regional and linehaul trucks equipped with the Kenworth AG380 or AG400L suspension.

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07/31/14
NHTSA seeks to strengthen structural integrity of large buses in rollovers

Agency also advises it plans to release requirements for stability-control technologies on buses "later this year"

A new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) aims to improve the structural design of large buses to “better protect” passengers when such vehicles crash and roll over.

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07/31/14
In praise of mentoring

With all the frequent and necessary talk about technology, equipment costs, fuel economy, among many other vital topics in this industry, we often forget that at the end of the day trucking is really at its heart all about people.

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07/31/14
Senate panel explores HOS changes

A Senate subcommittee hearing on July 29 billed as a comprehensive look at truck safety challenges and opportunities in reality focused primarily on a single issue: Whether carriers should continue to abide by the current hours-of-service (HOS) restart provisions

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07/31/14
Ferro’s tenure consumed by inherited initiatives

When the Senate confirmed Anne Ferro in November 2009 the principal controversies that would dominate her nearly five-year tenure at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) were already well defined even though Ferro was the first confirmed FMCSA administrator under a Democratic presidential administration.

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