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Pilot VP of sales fired 13 months after implication in fuel rebate scheme

Pilot Flying J's Vice President of Sales, John Freeman, has been fired by the truck stop chain and fuel provider, a source has confirmed with Overdrive. The departure comes in the wake of the alleged fraudulent rebate withholding scam that has rocked the company the last 14 months.

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Hard braking causes small load to come loose — Could trucker have prevented it?

A trucker in front of John Doe panic-stopped to avoid a deer, so Doe also hit the brakes hard, causing a tied-down drum to break free and damage his trailer’s interior. Could he have prevented the accident?

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Clearinghouse rule comments: OOIDA wants protection in reporting, carrier groups want expansion

OOIDA says the rule needs safeguards against carrier reporting measures, while groups like ATA are pushing for an expansion of the ability of carriers to report drug or alcohol violations to FMCSA's database.

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PIB tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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Video: Shell engineer details low-viscosity engine oil test

At an engine teardown event held earlier this month, Shell Rotella engineers showed off parts from three engines used in a two-year, half-million mile test of the next-generation low-viscosity oil that's part of the next category of engine oils.

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Diesel price down a nickel after string of price drops

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell nine-tenths of a cent in the week ended May 26 to $3.925, according to the Department of Energy. This is the fourth week in a row the price of diesel has declined nationally.

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Citing registry growth, FMCSA denies OOIDA request to delay med examiner rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association its request for a delay in the effective date of the agency's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule.

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ATA pushing for exemption to 14-hour rule for extraction site haulers

ATA is seeking an exemption to wait-time rules for drivers who service oil and natural gas extraction sites, and FMCSA is accepting public comment on the group's request.

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Med examiner rule takes effect: Drivers must now use FMCSA-approved docs

Despite recent attempts by trucking trade groups to delay the effective date of the rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's rule to require drivers to be medically certified by examiners approved by the agency became effective May 21.

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Pilot Flying J president leaves the company

Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood is no longer with the company, a source close to the investigation has told Overdrive. Hazelwood is one of the company's executives named in a 120-page federal affidavit released last April that points to potential involvement in a fraudulent fuel rebate withholding scheme.

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