Todd Dills

Thank a military veteran, drivers

And if you're a veteran yourself, here's a hearty thank-you for your service to the nation from us. Several truckers who've quietly dedicated part of their efforts this year to honoring veterans are detailed here.

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Parking capacity issue, redux: Va. DOT shelves truck rest area plans

The parking capacity issue and one state's attempt to put a dent in it runs into a wall of local opposition -- such that Va. DOT has moved publicly to suspend the project and explore alternatives,

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POLL: Steer-only or steer/drive — your approach to spin balancing?

If you have your tires balanced, do you focus on steers only, drives too or another approach?

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Reefer gaining ground in select markets, dry van rates improving overall

Last week looked more like a June produce peak than the first week in November for reefers. The national average rate per mile was way up, and volumes surged 7 percent nationwide. More on hot reefer and dry van markets.

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360-degree exterior-camera system announced

Rear View Safety introduced its RVS-77535 360-degree Surround View Camera System. The system uses 4 ultra-wide fish-eye cameras to create a 3D image of the vehicle and its surroundings.

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‘Please Trump don’t let us down’: Truckers sound hopeful but wary in reaction to election victory

Views on Trump's win were cautiously optimistic when came to potential easing of regulatory burden and the economy, more wary on road privatization and tolls. Conciliatory notes stressed the country's direction "isn't just up to Trump. We all have a hand in it."

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‘Legitimate freight options’ — old ways in new times

There's many ways to skin the cat on freight -- in response to a reader question about legitimate freight options, an update on newer load boards/marketplaces and mobile-optimized brokerages and a revisit to tried-and-true methods, doing the hard work, etc. ...

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Peterbilt ‘Red Oval’ used certification to include PacLease trucks

In addition to long warranty coverage, buyers of qualified pre-leased PacLease trucks receive the full lineup of Red Oval benefits, including comprehensive vehicle inspections, preferred financing and parts discounts.

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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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