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Garmin dezl 560 LMT

GEAR GUIDE/GPS UNITS/The dezl (pronounced “diesel”), an over-the-road trucking-specific navigation unit, has a built-in loudspeaker, 5-inch display screen, trucking-related points of interest and points-of-interest ratings that can be customized.

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RigDig named award finalist

FYI: TRUCKING NEWS IN BRIEF/Truck information service RigDig’s Truck History Reports was one of six finalists for the top technical achievement of 2011 awarded by the Truck Writers of NorthAmerica.

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Safety groups sue over hours-of-service rule

FOR THE RECORD/Highway safety groups along with two unidentified truck drivers on Feb. 24 filed suit seeking judicial review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s most recent hours-of-service rule.

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Parking pinch

SMART DRIVING/Federal, state governments seek ways to provide parking availability info.

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Sixth-sense driving

FLEET INSIDER/DRIVER OF THE MONTH/Hummer driver Rick Dearth has relied on a little luck and extra awareness to reach the 2 million-safe-mile mark.

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Perdue wins Navistar innovation award

FLEET INSIDER/BRIEFS/Perdue Farms has won the Strategic Partnership Award for truck fleet innovation, Navistar Inc. and Salisbury, Md.-based Barr International Trucks announced.

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Brake-stroke indicator for compliance

GEAR GUIDE/The brake-stroke indicators are designed to meet new safety requirements.

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Cab protection device

GEAR GUIDE/Built for cab and sleeper security, the SleeperLock uses a strap-like device to hook to the inside door handles of most tractors and prevent doors from opening.

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FMCSA online HOS handbook

FYI: TRUCKING NEWS IN BRIEF/The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has produced an online handbook, http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/hos/logbook.pdf, showing 30 examples of the new hours-of-service rules.

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Pulse

One key distinction regarding free speech within trucking is that company drivers are employees.

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