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Best — and worst — 10 states for clean inspections

These states present truckers with the best opportunities -- or, as the case may be, the least likelihood -- for a clean inspection, crucial in improving CSA scores.

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Making the ‘Road Hunter’ app

Created by Mikhail Dzarasov, Road Hunter's a route-planner at heart, with map views that piggyback on Google's map-, street- and satellite-view capabilities to deliver 100,000-foot and on-the-ground intelligence.

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Credit for clean: ‘Finishing the job’ on violation-free inspections

Mississippi far exceeding all states when it comes to helping truckers by issuing clean inspections. According to state officials, that could change with some more precise targeting in the future.

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Heavy vehicle use taxes due Aug. 31

The IRS now requires an appointment for those who wish to file heavy vehicle use tax in person. The agency’s Form 2290, filed when paying the annual fee, is due Aug. 31.

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Diesel prices fall 3.1 cents to close out July

With the most recent price drop, a gallon of on-highway diesel in the U.S. now costs an average of $2.348.

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Spot rates slid in July, ending short upward streak

Per-mile rates on the spot market tumbled in July in all three major truckload segments, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com, ending a sunny quarter of positive momentum for rates on the spot market.

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Trying to fix the detention problem

I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out,” Johnson said when he finally figured out the bungled paperwork situation at his drop, learning it would cost him another two or three hours. “Guess who gets screwed in the meantime.”

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Cargo theft incidents fall year-over-year, values rise

CargoNet logged 192 cargo theft incidents in 2016’s second quarter worth an estimated $39 million. The total worth of cargo thefts represented a $1.3 million increase over the second quarter of 2015.

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Owner-operators need to ensure they’re using proper engine oil when new lubes come to market in December, API says

“New oils are coming. They’re coming very soon, and you need to make sure you know which one you’re supposed to use,” said Kevin Ferrick, manager of API’s global industry services certification programs. “Oils are different enough and unique enough today that you need to be sure you’re buying the right oil.”

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Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size

Is the owner-operator/small fleet being "nitpicked" or "nickel-and-dimed" into oblivion? Crash data and inspection and hours violation rates, analyzed by fleet size, fuel further discussion following this month's "Stoking the log fires" feature.

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