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Analyst expects hours rule changes

FTR consultant said he hears FMCSA will propose to reduce driving and duty hours.

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England unveils LNG fleet

A new fleet of liquefied natural gas tractors will be used in Ontario, Canada, C. R. England announced of its dedicated division there. The tractors and trailers were present for inspection when the announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Ontario Convention Center Oct. 11. The fuel is touted as being nontoxic, abundant and having fewer greenhouse gases than gasoline or diesel fuels.

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Prime driver wins triathlon award

Siphiwe Baleka, a driver for Prime, Inc., won the male 40-44 division of the Powerman Muncie Sprint Triathlon Saturday, Oct. 1, with a time of 1:09:32. The contest includes separate stints in swimming, biking and running. Baleka runs Fitness Trucking Inc., a company that sells DVD exercise videos for drivers that they can do in the truck or outside the cab in 30 minutes or less to keep a regular exercise routine and stay fit while ...

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Trucker Buddy honors teacher

Kristen Belcher, a teacher at Kaufman Elementary School in Spring, Texas, is June’s Teacher of the Month for nonprofit outreach Trucker Buddy International. Belcher’s third-grade class is paired with Titan Express driver Russell James, who shares his trucking experiences with the students. James said he nominated Belcher because she is knowledgeable about trucking, explains the industry’s importance to her students and that she maintains classroom cooperation during James’s visits.

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TransCore: Monthly revenue up 10%

Carriers’ monthly revenue on average was $1,607 higher per truck than in 2010.

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Trucker wins GPS system

Bill Stewart, a St. Louis resident, won a Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND 500 Model Trucker GPS system, Truck Centers Inc. said. The dealer network held a drawing for the GPS system and other prizes in honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation week. Visit Truck Centers online for more information.

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Wood production leads September growth

Manufacturing activity, and the economy in general, kept growing in September, though some related measurements tempered that good news. Wood Products was the leading manufacturing category reporting growth. The monthly analysis comes from the Institute for Supply Management, which also notes slower supplier deliveries and a contraction of new orders last month. The Purchasing Managers Index “registered 51.6 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from August, indicating expansion in the manufacturing sector for the 26th consecutive ...

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Taking the per diem deduction

Knowing the per diem basics will help you navigate the tax labyrinth.

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Loves opens new Fla. stop

A new Love’s Travel Stop is open in Cottondale, Fla., at exit 130 off Interstate 10. The stop has 98 truck spaces, DEF dispensers at the diesel islands, CAT scales, five showers, RFID cardless fueling technology and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. It also includes a Chester’s Chicken and a McDonald’s restaurant. Truck drivers will receive double “I Love Rewards” loyalty points on purchases at the new location through Oct. 29.

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Mack sponsors trucker aid program

A Mack Pinnacle will be given away at the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show March 22-24 2012 in Louisville Ky as part of the Back on the Road campaign sponsored by Mack Trucks Inc. and Arrow Truck Sales. The campaign is an initiative to benefit a deserving truck driver in need of a truck and a job. Mack’s Pinnacle is a 70-inch high-rise sleeper with a 485-hp Mack MP8 engine and Mack T310 10-speed manual transmission. It also ...

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