Matt Cole

Senate passes bill that would ban human trafficking convicts from holding CDL

The Senate also passed the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act that would establish the position of human trafficking prevention coordinator within the U.S. DOT to coordinate trafficking prevention efforts across DOT agencies.

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YRC becomes second mega-fleet to request exemption from certain ELD mandate provisions

The nation's fifth-largest fleet is asking FMCSA to allow it to phase in new trucks with AOBRDs after the cutoff date of Dec. 18, 2017, to replace trucks that had AOBRDs. The exemption request also seeks a reprieve to allow drivers to record their duty statuses differently in certain situations than the mandate allows.

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Another construction group seeks ELD exemption for short-haul drivers

The Power and Communication Contractors Association is seeking an exemption from the ELD mandate for its drivers who typically operate under a short-haul log-keeping exemption.

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Certain Illinois military vets can waive CDL written test with new law

Military veterans who regularly drove trucks within a year of applying for a CDL can apply to waive the written knowledge test in Illinois.

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Daimler recalls few dozen Western Star 4900 trucks for front axle weight issue

Daimler Trucks is recalling approximately 38 model year 2017-2018 Western Star 4900 trucks in which the weight of the front axle could exceed the spring capacity.

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Irma flooding closes portions of I-10, I-95 in Florida

State officials have closed I-10 in Lake City in both directions between milemarker 296 and milemarker 301 because of flooding. In the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area, there are some closures on I-95 and I-595, as well as some state roads and highways.

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Financing a used truck: Lower prices and available capital create a good market for owner-operators with strong credit ratings

The used truck market for owner-operators is looking good: Prices are down thanks to inventory surplus, and credit is cheaper than it has been in recent years. “For single owner-operators or small-fleet owners, money is very prevalent,” says Matt Manero, owner of Carrollton, Texas-based Commercial Fleet Financing. “Rates are still very low, and there are a lot of players in the space.” Interest rates are about 1 percent point lower than they were six or seven years ...

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Hours regs suspended in seven states ahead of Hurricane Irma landfall

A Regional Emergency Declaration issued by USDOT suspends hours regulations for drivers and carriers providing "direct assistance" to areas affected by Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in south Florida early Sunday morning.

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Pacific Northwest wildfires prompt HOS suspensions, highway closures

Oregon and Washington have issued emergency declarations, suspending hours of service regulations for some truckers providing emergency relief and hauling supplies to the states due to wildfires. Several highways, including a section of I-84, have been closed because of the fires.

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Tommy Boileau picks up third straight Bandit Series win

With the win, Boileau was able to jump "88 Mike" Morgan to claim second place in the overall points standings with four races remaining in the inaugural Bandit season.

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