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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2011

The Oshkosh production line includes vehicles for commercial, emergency and military uses.

— Staff reports



SHORT HAULS

TURNOVER for over-the-road truck drivers rose to 79 percent in the second quarter, according to American Trucking Associations, marking the third quarter in a row of increased churn in the driver market. The turnover rate for drivers at large truckload fleets rose four basis points from the first quarter’s rate of 75 percent, pushing the rate to its highest point since 2008.



California passes used truck sales history law

California has the nation’s first law requiring that used vehicle dealers post a warning on vehicles if flagged in a federal database as junk, salvage or flood-damaged.

State dealers must check the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System before offering vehicles, including heavy-duty trucks, for sale. The U.S. Department of Justice maintains the NMVTIS and requires every insurer, salvage yard and state motor vehicle department to report updated title information every 30 days.

If a NMVTIS report exists, dealers must provide the purchaser with a copy of it upon request prior to sale. They also must post a warning or disclosure near the vehicle’s Federal Trade Commission’s Buyer’s Guide. The disclosure must be printed in bold black type on a solid-red background and be at least 4 inches by 5.5 inches.

A new service, RigDig, partners with NMVTIS to integrate data from salvage yards, recyclers, insurance carriers and state titling agencies, but provides Truck History Reports that draw upon additional sources, as well.

The Equipment Data Associates division of Randall-Reilly Media and Business Information, Overdrive’s publisher, operates the website at www.rigdig.com.

— Jill Dunn



SHORT HAULS

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico increased 18 percent in July compared with a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

U.S. TRANSPORTATION Secretary Ray LaHood Oct. 13 said he would not continue in that post if President Obama is re-elected for a second term. LaHood is the only Republican in Obama’s cabinet.

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