Matt Cole

Trucker to serve up to six years in prison for role in another trucker’s death

The trucker reportedly told police he was fatigued and “may have fallen asleep” on Jan. 13 when he sideswiped another truck that was on the side of the road. New York-based trucker Zivko Lakic, 24, was reportedly standing next to his truck when he was struck and killed.

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Intermodal fleet gets log-keeping exemption

Rail Delivery Services has been granted an exemption that allows its drivers who occasionally work more than 12 hours in a day to utilize the 100 air-mile radius logbook exemption.

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DOT adding four opioids to drug testing panel for truckers

New drugs that drivers will be tested for include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone. The drugs are usually taken as pills. According to the CDC, opioid abuse has seen a dramatic increase in recent years.

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Fuel line dispute between truckers ends with shooting, suicide

A dispute between truckers allegedly over a spot in the fuel pump line at a Walton, Ky., truck stop left one truck driver with a gunshot wound in his arm and another dead after an apparent suicide. The incident occurred at approximately 9:38 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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Cargo theft incidents increase in third quarter, values fall

During 2017’s third quarter, the cargo theft recording firm saw a total of 160 cargo thefts with an average loss value per theft of $117,137. Even though the number of thefts were up quarter-over-quarter, the value of thefts was down 17 percent.

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Propane shortage prompts emergency declaration, hours suspension in Wisconsin

Carriers and drivers “in the process of obtaining and transporting propane” are eligible to operate under the hours suspension on all highways in Wisconsin, including intestates.

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Diesel prices skyrocket in West on heels of CA tax increases

The DOE reports fuel prices in California far exceeded the 20-cent tax hike, increasing by 35.6 cents during the week. California’s dramatic increase, tied in with sizeable increases in other regions, brought prices to $2.882 per gallon on average in the U.S.

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Brake Safety Day inspection blitz resulted in nearly 1,700 trucks placed out-of-service

In total, inspectors in the U.S. and Canada inspected 7,698 commercial vehicles during the one-day event, and 22 percent were placed out-of-service for violations. Fourteen percent (or 1,064) of the 7,698 inspected vehicles had brake-related violations.

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Michigan roadside drug test pilot program begins this week

Officers can require a driver to submit to an oral fluid test with a mouth swab at roadside to detect the presence of a controlled substance. The test can determine the presence of Schedule 1-5 controlled substances, much like a breathalyzer detects alcohol.

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Recalls issued for Freightliner and Western Star tractors, Wabash trailers

DTNA is recalling some 2016 Western Star 4900 and 2016 Freightliner Cascadia tractors equipped with certain Dana Spicer D-Series and E-Series steer axles. Wabash National is recalling approximately 314 model year 2018 van trailers equipped with certain Meritor suspensions.

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