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Depressed diesel prices here to stay? DOE says 2015 average to be under $3

Crude oil is expected to remain low — and so is diesel. 2015's average price could be $1 lower than 2014's, according to the Department of Energy's latest forecast.

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Readers sound off on FMCSA’s border move

U.S. truck operators see cheaper rates, more crashes and lower driver pay as possible effects of FMCSA's expansion of cross-border trucking with Mexico.

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BigRoad e-log with ECM connection officially available

The BigRoad software developer will announce Jan. 15 the availability of its DashLink engine-connected electronic logging device.

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Old restart rules vs. new: FMCSA expects to begin study this month

FMCSA must study the groups for five months and will assess things like crashes and near crashes, operator fatigue and alertness and health of the drivers.

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After latest drop, diesel could be one week away from falling below $3

The U.S. average diesel price has now dropped 8 straight weeks and 26 of the last 28. It’s also dropped more than 55 cents in the last 5 weeks.

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POLL: Long-term impacts of U.S.-Mexico cross-border long-haul?

This poll follows the U.S. government's recent announcement of an impending opening of long-haul cross-border opportunity for Mexican carriers? What will be the primary U.S. result, as you see it?

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Opening the border: Data on Mexican carriers ‘robust,’ FMCSA says; trucking groups split on decision

Readers note their concerns about Mexican carriers undercutting U.S. carriers. Also, FMCSA clarifies the data it used to make its decision.

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Roads not taken: Diesel technician demand on the rise

You’ve heard of the "driver shortage," right? The world of diesel technicians is experiencing a similar dynamic as equipment evolves, many techs retire and fewer people enter the vocation.

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Labor roundup: Teamsters lose vote at Con-way, mediators assist port negotiations

In trucking labor-related news from last week, federal mediators have been called in to help resolve labor disputes at West Coast ports, while the Teamsters lost a vote at a California Con-way facility.

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Jan. 15: Neglecting this IRS deadline will cost you

When it comes to income tax, the end of each year gets independent contractors thinking about last-minute strategies to reduce income. After that, April 15 looms as the big deadline. So it’s easy to ignore Jan. 15, one of four deadlines for paying estimated quarterly taxes. Many owner-operators think the quarterly payment is optional, since it doesn’t get the fanfare of April 15, but they’re wrong. Anyone who gets income that is not subject to withholding is ...

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