Jill Dunn

R.I.’s trucks-only toll plan approved by DOT, truck group vows to continue fight

The tolls will be used to reconstruct or replace 34 bridges. "The trucking industry remains unified and resolute in its fight against this policy," said R.I.'s trucking association. "We will use every resource and tactic available to us to win in the political, legal and commerce arenas."

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Five states waive hours regs for fuel haulers due to pipeline spill

These five states have suspended hours of service rules for fuel transporters in light of a pipeline leak that spilled hundreds of thousands of gallons of gasoline.

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Nebraska dinging truckers with random inspection sprees

Through the fall, these blitzes will continue to target commercial vehicles with routes that usually do not go outside cities or by weigh stations. MAPS teams consist of 20-24 Nebraska State Patrol Carrier Enforcement Division officers and are largely funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Operators have until Aug. 31 to order compliant Calif. reefer unit, state says

Purchase orders made before the end of the month for new replacement TRUs and TRU generator sets will help avoid penalties that could result from manufacturer or installer delays. Verified diesel particulate filter retrofits should be ordered by Oct. 31 to meet the Dec. 31 compliance deadline

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Truckers win case against NY Thruway tolls, ATA seeking refunds

A federal judge has ruled New York Thruway tolls are for maintaining the road and cannot be used to subsidize the state canal system. The plaintiffs are seeking refunds for interstate truckers who drove the Thruway since Nov. 14, 2010.

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DOT: Trucking loses $3.8M annually to weather delays

The agency assessed weather’s effect on freight in 13 diverse regions as a follow up to its 2012 national estimate of weather delays affecting trucking. The new analysis indicated a significantly lower national cost estimate than the previous study’s $8-9 billion estimate.

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Virginia sets meeting on new trucker rest area

The Virginia Department of Transportation will provide an informational meeting Aug. 31 on a trucker rest area to be built near Markham on Interstate 66.

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Heavy vehicle use taxes due Aug. 31

The IRS now requires an appointment for those who wish to file heavy vehicle use tax in person. The agency’s Form 2290, filed when paying the annual fee, is due Aug. 31.

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Truckers at Calif. port agree to $5 million settlement in wage theft case

The non-profit organizations say the company, QTS, Inc., and related entities such as LACA Express and Win Win Logistics, misclassified drivers as independent contractors. The companies then filed for bankruptcy to avoid liability for wage theft.

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Some rest areas reopen in time for busy holiday weekend

Independence Day weekend will rank as the fourth highest for road traffic, with 5 million more motorists than Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Automobile Association.

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