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Cargo theft firms warn truckers of increased theft activity during Memorial Day weekend

FWI said in past Memorial Day weekends, it has seen elevated theft levels up to 40 percent higher than non-holiday weekends, and in 2015, saw a record-high 15 cargo theft incidents averaging more than $600,000 in value.

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‘Be the change you want to see’

From the cab of Clifford "Dream Walker" Petersen on the state of the industry. Drivers have strength in numbers, and individual actions will go a long way toward improving conditions for owner-operators.

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House committee advances bill with trucking reforms on hours of service, pending owner-op rating rule

The House’s Appropriations Committee has sent to the full House a Department of Transportation funding package that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart. The bill also would halt the DOT’s work on its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking and would prevent states from enforcing any state-enacted laws governing truckers’ breaks and pay.

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Shippers need to play a greater role in country’s parking crisis, OOIDA and ATA reps say

“The city and state tell us how many handicap spaces we have to have. Every shipper or receiver facility that accepts and receives trucks needs to bear some kind of responsibility. How do we get there? We’re raising the issue now.”

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Spot market freight activity continues to sag

A 3 percent drop in load availability in the week drove the index’s lower reading. Load availability was down 25.3 percent from the same week last year, according to Truckstop.com’s weekly Trans4Cast report.

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DOT advances rule to build database of truckers who have failed drug tests

FMCSA says the rule is intended to make sure drivers who have tested positive or refused a test have completed the DOT’s return-to-duty process before driving commercially again, and to make sure employers are meeting their drug and alcohol testing responsibilities.

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Fuel prices rise to highest mark of 2016

Diesel prices saw a 6-cent jump during the week ending May 23, according to data from the Department of Energy’s weekly fuel report.

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Data-mining firm: Safety rating rule not much of an improvement over current system

A new analysis by the CSA data-mining firm Vigillo concludes the SFD's roadside-data-only methodology to determine an unfit carrier is ineffective "in identifying a significant number of riskier carriers based on the data alone."

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Supreme Court sides with CRST, calls on EEOC to reimburse carrier for legal defense costs

The Supreme Court in its May 19 decision, in short, ruled that CRST is owed reimbursement from the EEOC for the money spent defending itself in court the last 9 years. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower courts to determine a dollar amount. One lower court previously issued a $4.7 million decision in CRST's favor.

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Audio mailbag: Mandating speed limiters is ‘unsafe, period’, readers say

Requiring speed limiters for nearly all on-highway trucks would be a detriment to highway safety, readers say in this mailbag podcast near universally. And, as one reader noted, regulators "will never find out" unless "they get out on the road with us" to see for themselves.

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