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More hours flexibility would improve safety

Drivers, responding to an FMCSA study that some interpreted as backing up what they have been saying for years, showed unity around the call for more berth-use flexibility to improve safety,

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Leading candidate emerges for DOT secretary spot

Deborah Hersman — the director of the National Transportation Safety Board — is the leading candidate to replace LaHood, say sources close to the situation.

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DOT studying truck parking, size and weight limits

The U.S. Department of Transportation is researching truck size and weights and will soon begin studying availability of truck parking by state.

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‘Shipping Wars’ season 3 features refused load, Evel Knievel truck

"Either it's legal, safe and compliant or I'm not going to do it." --owner-operator Marc Springer, who refused a load he'd won the bid on during filming of Shipping Wars' third season.

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Hawk to DOT: “Point me to the nearest roadkill?”

What happens when a bird of prey tries to communicate with a DOT traffic camera? It makes for good humor on Twitter.

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New independents, be forewarned

If FMCSA finds any deficiency, the new entrant has only 15 days to submit a plan of correction, not up to 60 days, as used to be allowed.

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Driver kudos: Pork rinds, bagpipes and making a difference

Two driver-appreciation efforts -- by Rudolph Foods and XRS (formerly Xata) -- yield interesting results.

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Cell-phone jamming technology in your cab?

Much has been made of the inability and/or difficulty of state enforcement of the Department of Transportation's nationwide ban on handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Last I've written about it you can find here and here. In the story at the former of those links, reader Martin GrosecIose put forward the notion that combating distraction among the general public on the roadways was getting to the point where it's just too little too late ...

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Freight index unchanged in May, year-to-year up 4.3%

The amount of freight carried by the for-hire transportation industry was unchanged in May from April.

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ATA seeks action on national clearinghouse

ATA called on FMCSA to continue making progress toward a national clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results for commercial drivers.

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