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Annual Roadcheck inspection blitz dates set for early June

Approximately 75,000 inspections occur each year during the Roadcheck inspection blitz, done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others. Here are the dates for this year's Roadcheck.

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Partners in Business tip: Prepare for loans

When you apply for a loan, you should come armed with certain information. Here's what you need.

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Highway ‘devolution’: How has it impacted owner-operators? Reader comments wanted

Owner-operators, how has your operation been affected by highway funding devolution? Greater congestion? More tolls? Greater variability in highway conditions from state to state? Let us know here...

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‘CSA-equivalent’ scoring pitched to brokers, shippers

Regarding its "CSA-e" re-engineering of CSA percentiles, SaferWatch raises the specter of negligence lawsuits for brokers not utilizing available information assessing risks when selecting carriers -- but if Congress and so many others are right, it's never been a better time to stop such use altogether.

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ATRI looking for drivers to keep truck parking ‘diaries’ for two weeks

The American Transportation Research Institute is recruiting drivers to keep a 14-day truck parking diary to keep track of parking issues.

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Martin Transportation to install driver monitoring systems fleet-wide

Martin Transportation Systems, one of the nation's largest fleets, has installed the Lytx DriveCam system across its roughly 1,000-truck fleet, it announced March 21. The carrier says it will use the system as an "impartial witness" to determine crash fault, as well as a means for training drivers.

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Diesel climbs above $2.10 a gallon

Following a two-cent rise nationally, the average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.119, according to the Department of Energy's weekly report.

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File under ‘Uberization of trucking’ — two recent announcements

Trucker Path's "Truckloads" feature to officially launch publicly with brokered freight March 30. And: Overhaul service for high-value/high-security loads coming later in the year.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Wireless inspections: 24/7 exposure of truck, driver violations

It’s easy to conjure a scenario of total on-highway enforcement of truck and driver regulations, enabled by a nationwide rollout of vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communications. Growing industry adoption of telematics systems, work by FMCSA to ramp up wireless inspections and several other trends could lead to such a national system in the coming decades.

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Tomorrow’s Trucker: Advances in technology point toward hours relief

Technological advances over the next two to three decades could massage one of owner-operators’ biggest pain points: hours of service regulations seen as too restrictive for truckers’ productivity and too rigid for their highly variable schedules. Equipment innovations could play into the industry’s interest in either extending drivers’ on-duty time or allowing greater flexibility in divvying it up.

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