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Coopers drop-deck trailer tire

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in Equipment

  Cooper’s Roadmaster RM272 tire for drop-deck trailers features a tread and compounding designed to provide improved treadwear and protection against cutting and chipping. With a 16/32-inch tread depth, the tire is available in size 255/70R22.5 in load range H. Featuring a four-belt steel casing, the RM272 has a slightly rounded tread footprint and a reinforced shoulder to help withstand extreme side forces and ward off irregular wear and damage due to curbing. Pressure distribution is optimized along all the ribs, which helps prevent premature wear on the intermediate ribs. Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., www.roadmastertires.com Read...

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Avoiding Predatory Lending

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 in Career

  The trucking industry certainly has its share of problematic issues which most often are aimed at the drivers’ ability to succeed or fail in their chosen career. On average, the beginning trucker will last only six months before calling it quits and with the ongoing regulatory process constantly working to appease various political groups, more veteran truck drivers are slowly shifting away from the over-the-road (OTR) sector. Although one would hope to see the industry step up and take responsibility for its own downfall, one of the most serious issues within the industry which is still very prevalent today and one which is largely responsible for many drivers’ financial ruin: the motor carrier truck leasing program. Although a precise and definite interpretation has yet to be established, Debt.org defines predatory lending as: “any lending practice that imposes unfair or abusive loan terms on a borrower. It is also any practice that convinces a borrower to accept unfair terms through deceptive, coercive, exploitative or unscrupulous actions for a loan that a borrower doesn’t need, doesn’t want or can’t afford.” Especially in a poor job economy, many will look to OTR trucking simply because the “jobs” are always available, a red flag in itself. Regardless, this scenario is all too often the perfect set-up for...

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Truckers Hit With 40% Toll Hike In Illinois And It Gets Worse

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Finance, Interstate

    Any truckers living or driving in Illinois are in for a nasty New Year’s surprise as the Illinois Tollway tolls skyrocketed by 40% on January 1st. The bad news doesn’t stop there however. In addition to the 40% hike this year, truckers will see two more 10% toll increases over the next two years. Then, in 2018, automatic tolls hikes will be indexed to inflation. While there’s no toll hike for regular passenger cars this time around,...

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Highway funding action hot of late: Foxx tells Congress to hell with politics; Lawmakers readying proposals

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Interstate

  Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx pleaded with members of the Senate this week to discontinue the trend of short-term highway funding patches in favor of long-term bills as a means to restore trust among state and local governments and to give U.S. roadways the funding they need. His remarks came at a hearing by the Senate’s Environmental and Public Works committee held Wednesday, where committee members took testimony on highway funding. “To hell with politics,” he said. “In...

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Capacity Creeping Up, Rates Down

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Finance

  Truck capacity has opened up on the spot market, leading to decreased freight rates, according to DAT Solutions. Rates for flatbed, refrigerated and van loads all decreased in the week ending Jan. 24, 2015. Flatbed rates fell 1.8 percent to an average $2.21 per mile. DAT attributes the drop, which was the highest of the three load types, to declines in the line haul segment, as well as lower fuel surcharges. Flatbeds still have the highest load to...

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Driver Search Still On

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Career

    Going into 2015, motor carriers continue to grapple with the problem of finding and recruiting good drivers. Employers are fighting the shortage with higher wages and decreased experience requirements. More than 90 percent of carriers reported in a recent survey by Transport Capital Partners that they will increase driver wages during the next 12 months. Some will raise pay by as much as 10 percent. “Carriers are seeing potential applicants go to other sectors, like construction, where...

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New Infrastructure Bill Coming

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 in Interstate

  Sen. Bernie Sanders, incoming ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, has announced his plans to introduce a new infrastructure funding bill in Congress. The bill would authorize $1 trillion in infrastructure spending over the course of several years. Sanders’ announcement did not outline the source of the funding. However, he claims the bill will create 13 million jobs. Read...

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