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Recent cargo thefts a warning to carriers: Beware of cargo theft ‘red zone’

Cargo theft tracking firm FreightWatch International issued an alert this week saying it has seen three “red zone” truckload thefts in the last three weeks, stemming from what it says is an “unusually high rate in violations of best practices for in-transit security.” FreightWatch defines the cargo red zone as within 200 miles of a loads origin, and the three recent thefts were caused by “staging cargo within the red zone,” FreightWatch says in its alert. A ...

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ELDs vs. harassment: Carrier groups purport benefits for drivers, OOIDA questions FMCSA study

Upon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent conclusion that use of electronic logging devices contributes little to harassment of drivers by carriers, at least one industry group has called the agency’s methodology suspect, while others say — FMCSA’s study aside — ELDs can actually help drivers battle harassment issues. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said in a statement about the agency’s report that it disagrees with FMCSA’s conclusion that harassment via ELDs is “a negligible ...

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Truck operators continue to strike, picket at LA ports

Southern California port truckers now are picketing two intermodal rail carriers as the strike against area port drayage companies expands.

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Another group of household goods haulers applies for special-cases extension of 14-hour window

A trade group representing household goods carriers has applied for an exemption to certain provisions of federal hours of service regulations, citing the need for drivers to be able to return to a safe and appropriate place to park following deliveries.

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Pilot Flying J’s fraudulent fuel scheme started at the top, amended lawsuits claim

Two of the remaining carriers suing fuel provider Pilot Flying J have amended their lawsuits to allege that the company’s CEO, Jimmy Haslam, “instructed” employees to cheat diesel fuel customers out of fuel rebates.

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Health-insurance exchange enrollment open through Feb. 15

Now is the time those purchasing health insurance on the exchange to browse and/or enroll or update prior purchased plans. For the coming tax year, penalties for not carrying health insurance are roughly double those in effect for 2014,

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Diesel drops 1.6 cent to resume downslide

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel fell 1.6 cents in the week ended Nov. 17 to $3.661. The drop comes after a 5.4-cent rise in the week prior, which snapped an 18-week streak without a price increase.

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Regulatory update: DOT’s latest projections for mandating electronic logging devices, speed limiters

The DOT could require the use of electronic logging devices by Fall 2017. A proposed speed limiter rule is expected in the coming months. Here's a look at the rest of FMCSA's regulatory timeline.

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Pay the drivers, already: Voices on the future of the industry

A letter from Robert W. Walker Jr. of Ohio, commentary from owner-operator Tilden Curl. Curl believes removal of the self-insurance option for motor carriers is key to driver value and long-term health of the industry.

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Port truckers resume strikes due to alleged wage theft

Some port truckers serving the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach began another work strike Thursday, protesting what they’ve said are retaliatory actions by their carriers and theft of wages

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