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TCA chair: E-log mandate to push owner-ops from trucking, drivers should be making minimum $65k

The looming federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices will cause “a huge exodus” of owner-operators, says TCA Chairman Shepard Dunn. Also, fleets should pay drivers no less than $65,000 a year, he says.

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Former Arrow Trucking CEO could face $50 million sentence for misusing company funds

The former president and CEO of the now-closed Arrow Trucking pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to one count of conspiracy and one count of tax evasion stemming from his misuse of company money and schemes designed to overcharge customers for services.

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FMCSA takes next step in research on driver pay’s connection to safe operation

FMCSA says it hopes to determine whether a relationship exists between how drivers are paid — mileage, hourly, percentage, etc. — and their safety performance.

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Ohio inspection, violation intensity

If recent trends continue, the climate for truckers on Ohio roads could improve. Overall state inspection numbers have fallen the last two years from about 75,000 total annually to just under 72,000,

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FMCSA shuts down owner-operator following alcohol-related violations

FMCSA announced Feb. 3 it has issued a shutdown order to South Dakota-based owner-operator Lonnie Roth following the revocation of his CDL and his continuing to operate without it.

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Diesel’s decline slows, but price still hits lowest in over 5 years

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 3.5 cents in the week ended Feb. 2 to $2.831. That’s the lowest the U.S. average has been since the week ended Nov. 9, 2009.

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Truckers get $2 million from carriers after court deems them misclassified as contractors

A California court has ordered San Diego-based carrier Pacer Cartage to pay seven of its drivers more than $2 million in back pay for what it deemed to be wage theft by the carrier.

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Heads up, drivers: Virginia Tech looking for 250 truck operators for FMCSA’s 34-hour restart study

The drivers must be studied for at least five months, and researchers will compare their schedules, crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant events, operator fatigue and alertness and short-term health.

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Rates sink as capacity rises, fuel prices drop

Rates in all three segments — reefer, dry van and flatbed — fell from December, according to Internet Truckstop’s data. Fuel prices may be the biggest culprit in rates’ downward trend.

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Light-sensitive: Ohio the No. 1 state for light violations

Lights can go out when you’re running, but some drivers contend "a lot of these lights are off before the trip starts.” If you don’t catch them, you can bet that if your run takes you through Ohio, somebody else will.

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