3 Dec 14

There’s good news when it comes for hours-of-service (HOS) rules, at least for the time being. President Obama signed a short-term funding bill last week that allows truckers to keep using the 34-hour restart without restrictions as a way to reset their on-duty hours once they ran out of available time.

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1 Dec 14

As a DAT TruckersEdge subscriber, you already had access to the most loads in the trucking industry. That number’s gotten a lot bigger recently. DAT and Getloaded have combined to create by far the biggest load board in the industry

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1 Dec 14

The Department of Transportation is establishing a central database called the Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. Carriers will be required to register their employees and report test results to the clearinghouse, which will contain all of the relevant drug and alcohol testing information for commercial drivers.

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Dec 13

Flatbed is holding up well for this time of year. Volumes were up slightly last week, and the national average flatbed rate is 2¢ higher than it was in November.

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Nov 29

Reefer volumes didn’t dip as much as van volumes did during the week of Thanksgiving. Reefer truck posts on DAT TruckersEdge also didn’t drop off as much, so changes in reefer rates were a bit more mixed.

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Nov 28

Load volumes were down last week, but brokers and shippers paid a premium to move a lot of those loads. That’s because a lot of truckers took time off from work for Thanksgiving.

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Nov 22

Christmas tree season is almost over for the year, and there was a surge in flatbed loads last week. Tree shipments have a very short season, and there’s a lot of urgency during those few weeks. Some trees move on vans or reefers, too.

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Nov 22

Most major reefer markets posted higher rates last week. There’s still a shortage of trucks in Southern Idaho, and Twin Falls continues to be number 1 for reefer load posts on DAT TruckersEdge.

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Nov 22

Van volumes bounced back in a big way last week, coming very close to a high for the year. We used to see a big surge in van freight during September and October, because all the big retail chains had to get their inventories in place before Thanksgiving and Black Friday. E-commerce has stretched out that time frame out into November and December.

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Nov 16

The top states for Christmas trees are Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Virginia, and North Carolina. If you look at the Hot Market Map for flatbed, you can see that Christmas tree shipments are well underway in those first four states.

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