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NTSB to FMCSA: Consider drug testing for synthetic marijuana

The NTSB made two recommendations to the FMCSA after a crash investigation revealed a driver's use of synthetic marijuana.

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New online driver-carrier matching service

The Hickory, N.C.-based Blue Bloodhound company has introduced a new online, mobile-optimized platform to help connect carriers and drivers. Blue Bloodhound has begun offering its service in areas around Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky. Drivers and motor carriers throughout the U.S. also have access to and are encouraged to sign up with the service and create individual profiles. Blue Bloodhound claims to empower CDL drivers by "letting them operate as fully independent contractors" in their relationship to ...

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ELDs, hours, parking: Owner-operators’ top 3 critical issues

Considerable fleet/operator common ground is seen in hours of service, CSA, parking and related issues, though the economy ranks higher in Overdrive's list. Plus: Voices on the "Missouri Truck Ferry" project.

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3-truck fleet issued shutdown order by FMCSA over equipment negligence, false logs

Three-truck Ohio-based fleet Garfield Trucking has been issued an effective shutdown order following a roadside inspection that yielded dozens of violations and subsequent noncooperation from the carrier during an FMCSA inspection.

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The rise of pay-to-park

While some owner-operators appreciate the ability to reserve a space, Chuck Bishop of Sanger, Texas, thinks otherwise. Pilot Flying J, meanwhile, may be next with a systemwide pay-to-park system.

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Van freight: A few hot markets amid cold overall picture

Spot van load availability edged up half a percent last week on DAT Load Boards, but rates followed overall demand down in most major markets. Some seasonal bright spots, however, were evident.

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Senate nixes 33-foot twin trailer provision in DOT funding bill

The Senate’s original legislation included a provision to increase the tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, but an amendment brought to the Senate floor Wednesday stripped the bill of the provision. Its sponsor calls it a win for small business truckers.

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Top 10 most congested freight intersections

ATRI's annual rankings this year gave the dubious distinction of most congested freight chokepoint to the city of Atlanta and its "Spaghetti Junction" north stack interchange at I-285 and I-85.

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CVSA awards Con-way Freight driver for excellence

Ross Reynolds, a Con-way Freight driver based at the company’s terminal in Tucson, Ariz., was named the winner of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s first International Driver Excellence Award, a new annual award that recognizes individuals who go above and beyond the performance of their duties as a commercial vehicle driver. Reynolds, who has driven more than 2 million miles over nearly 40 years without an accident, has been driving trucks since 1978 and has spent ...

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Kane Is Able buys new Kenworth T680s

Kane Is Able Inc., a Scranton, Pa.-based third-party logistics provider, purchased 30 new Kenworth T680 trucks powered by the fuel-efficient Paccar MX-13 engine. The T680 has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay designation. “We know these trucks are more reliable for Kane and our customers, more comfortable for our drivers, cleaner for the environment and safer for everyone,” said Lawrence Catanzaro, senior transportation director.

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