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Japanese ‘Dekotora’ tradition in custom rigs

A long look across the Pacific at Takuya Sosogi's custom 'dekotora' straight truck, hauling produce in the island nation of Japan. Mel Films' new short documentary shows Japanese custom traditions share a lot with those in the U.S.

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Driver before the truck in small fleet expansion

If the truck procurement/driver employment situation in small fleet expansion presents a chicken-egg type conundrum, operators would do well to focus on the driver first.

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OOIDA hits FMCSA with lawsuit to block ELD mandate, calls rule arbitrary and unconstitutional

The Owner-Operator Independent Driver's Association this week filed initial arguments in its challenge to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device (ELD) mandate final rule.

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Spot market volume takes a spring break

At once, in this weekly update, there remains reasons to be optimistic for the uptick in freight/rates that usually runs through June or July in a typical year -- also, DAT Trucker app updated at MATS 2016..

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Bad roads hasten one owner-operator’s retirement — and more infrastructure voices

What stretch of North American highway in your experience would warrant the nomination for the No. 1 'Worst Road' all around?

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I-75 in Tennessee after rock slide: Project completion possible by 4/15

After nearly a month of full closure on the NB side of I-75 in the state near the Kentucky border, one NB lane reopened to traffic last week, March 24. SB remains open.

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POLL: Do you carry health insurance?

What's been your situation relative to health insurance through the past year? Covered on your spouse's plan or a plan grandfathered by Obamacare? Purchased on the exchanges? Not covered at all?....

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Telemedicine: Future for non-emergency care?

Whether you're insured or not for health care, a new relatively affordable telemedicine service geared for truckers and offering 24/7 access to U.S. docs points to the future of non-emergency health care on the road.

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Ark. installing virtual weigh station on U.S. 64

"Dodging the scale" on I-40 near Alma, Ark., might well get a little bit tougher, according to reports that the state is building a "virtual weigh station" on U.S. 64 in the area.

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Calif. VMT tax pilot project follows Ore.’s weight-mile lead

Trucking telematics provider EROAD tapped to track heavy-duty participants in California's vehicle-miles-traveled tax pilot project, running nine months beginning in July.

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