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Contractor or employee? Labor Department proposes new definitions

From Transport Topics. The U.S. Department of Labor has published a new proposal on how workers should be classified, saying that thousands of people have been incorrectly labeled as contractors rather than employees, potentially curtailing access to benefits and protections they rightfully deserve. Misclassifying workers as independent contractors denies those workers protections under federal labor […]

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US imports sink in September, suffer steepest drop since 2020 lockdowns

From FreightWaves. First came the pullback in spot shipping rates from their historic peak. Then came reports of plunging Asian bookings and mass retail order cancellations, with spot rates falling even faster. Now, all of this is finally showing up at America’s ports. According to Descartes, which aggregates U.S. Customs data, inbound volumes to all […]

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More women join trucking industry, but representation Is still below standards

From Transport Topics. Thirty years ago, Dee Sova had a choice: go to nursing school or obtain her commercial driver license. Her husband at the time convinced her to join him on the road, so she chose the trucking industry. And when her marriage fell apart, with four children to raise, she was grateful she […]

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2023 UCR registration now open with reduced fees

Registration for the 2023 UCR registration period is officially open, and fees have been reduced from the 2022 registration period. Use UCR’s Decision Tree to check whether your business is required to register and, if so, register by January 1, 2023. Visit for more information, and to register and pay fees.

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FMCSA proposes all interstate CMVs have electronic ID systems

From Transport Topics. Federal trucking regulators have issued a proposal that would require every commercial motor vehicle operating in interstate commerce be equipped with an electronic identification system that would help inspectors better target high-risk motor carriers. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking, issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in a Sept. 21 […]

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Truck parking a major priority for FMCSA administrator

From Transport Topics. Ensuring the nation’s truck drivers have access to adequate parking is a priority for Robin Hutcheson, the recently confirmed administrator at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Shortly after the U.S. Department of Transportation unveiled additional guidance for tackling truck parking woes, the FMCSA leader told Transport Topics on Sept. 30 the […]

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Transportation market loosened as September progressed

From FreightWaves. Transportation capacity increased for a sixth consecutive month in September with prices falling for a third straight time, according to data released Tuesday. The Logistics Managers’ Index (LMI), which is produced using responses from a monthly survey measuring supply chain activity, showed the transportation capacity subindex jumped 7.5 percentage points to 71.8 in […]

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Freight industry applauds Hutcheson’s confirmation at FMCSA

From Transport Topics. The recent Senate confirmation of Robin Hutcheson as administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration prompted praise from groups representing key aspects of the freight industry. Soon after her confirmation on Sept. 22, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear congratulated Hutcheson. “In her time as acting administrator, Robin has been a […]

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West Coast ports may permanently lose volume share to East Coast

From Transport Topics. For at least one month, August, the Port of New York and New Jersey was the busiest container port in the U.S. as it nudged ahead of longtime leader Port of Los Angeles in total 20-foot-equivalent units processed. As for the big three container facilities, the Port of N.Y-N.J. processed 843,191 TEUs […]

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Key diesel prices down to levels not seen since March

From FreightWaves. On Monday, two key diesel prices fell to levels last posted in March. The weekly average retail diesel price from the Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration fell for the 13th time in 14 weeks, posted at $4.889 a gallon, a decline of 7.5 cents a gallon. It’s the lowest posting for the benchmark […]