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Major carrier again ordered to pay big payout to driver following refusal-to-drive firing

Brandon Hopper claims he was “confronted and baited” by Marten to resign in July 2013 after he refused to haul two allegedly overweight loads and three other loads because, he claims, he would have been in violation of hours of service regulations.

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‘Absolute measure’ scores to return to public CSA SMS with next update

Contrary to prior reports, FMCSA is not done with substantive additions to the interim CSA SMS public display -- carriers' "absolute measures," which underly the hidden percentiles in each BASIC category, will return in March to public view.

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Diesel’s roller-coaster ride: The thrill is gone, but not for all

Now that fuel surcharges are more entrenched, the plunge to below $2 a gallon after about three years in the $4 range has generated much less notice than similar price swings in prior years -- though that's not a blanket truth for everyone.

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DOT expands Mexican-U.S. border freight zones in Texas, New Mexico

The commercial border zone expansion will give Mexican-domiciled and U.S.-domiciled carriers and drivers a bigger zone to pick up and drop freight near El Paso, along with making some New Mexico-based crossings officially codified as cross-border zones.

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Cat’s back (with another phone)

Owner-operators haven’t been able to spec a new Caterpillar-powered truck in nearly a decade, but they can spec a new piece of Cat equipment of a smaller variety: The company’s second take on a rugged smartphone built for users who work in industries like trucking and construction.

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Turning your phone into a dashcam

Have you tried any of the available smartphone apps designed to turn your device into a functional dashcam allowing for saving clips for exoneration/evidence and other purposes?

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Diesel prices remain below $2 following slight nationwide increase

This week’s price increase is the first since Nov. 9. The national average for a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $1.983.

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TugForce freight platform opens pre-registration period

Latest 'Uber for trucking' launches pre-registration period for its mobile- and web-apps-enabled freight platform, which will be fully functional in May.

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Trucker coercion prohibition rule now in effect: Here’s how to file a complaint against a carrier, broker or shipper

A new federal rule that implements large fines for carriers, shippers and brokers caught pressuring drivers to operate beyond federal safety regulations, such as when they’re out of hours, is now in effect, as is a new system for truckers to file complaints for alleged coercion instances with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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BigRoad e-log updates following the ELD mandate’s release

The BigRoad provider of the smartphone-based computer-assisted logbook and DashLink engine-connected ELD, noted the company was "fully on track" with updates following the ELD mandate's release.

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