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Driver training rule expected this month, speed limiter rule delayed again

The latest on rules to mandate speed limiters, institute minimum driver training requirements, survey the industry on sleep apnea and set up a database of drivers who have refused or failed a drug test.

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‘How’s my driving’? Call-in complaints, scams and another argument for dashcams

When a motorist's call-in complaint rises to another level entirely -- to an extortion scam: "This is why I strongly believe in cameras on your tractor and trailer to prevent fake lawsuits!" says a reader.

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Trucking groups fighting state initiatives to close rest stops

Notes on closures in Connecticut and Arkansas, and a new one in North Carolina. Trucking groups, meanwhile, continue to fight closures, which come in response to tightening state budgets.

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Truck ‘N Park demonstration hits the ground running

I-95 Corridor Coalition Truck 'N Park project coordinator Marygrace Parker realizes capacity is the biggest issue when it comes to truck parking, she says, but hopes real-time availability-info sharing can at least help mitigate the problem in the short term.

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R.I. trucks-only toll plan enacted following governor’s signature

With the bill signed into law, drivers of class 8 trucks will pay a maximum of $20 to travel through the state along Interstate 95 one-way. Each electronic toll gantry a trucker passes under would cost about $3. The maximum daily charge would be $40.

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FAA bill with trucking hours and pay implications advances

A bill that would prevent states from requiring truckers and their employers to comply with state laws regulating hours of service, such as meal or rest break requirements, has been approved by the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would also, if enacted, throw cold water on state-level initiated driver pay reform.

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DAT, GetLoaded consolidate support, billing in Portland

DAT is combining customer support and billing departments with Getloaded. Operations will combined at a larger facility in Portland to handle growth. DAT and Getloaded will continue to run with separate databases of truckloads.

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Rhode Island clears trucks-only toll plan, group warns it will ‘decimate’ state’s trucking industry

Once enacted, drivers of class 8 trucks will pay a maximum of $20 to travel through the state along Interstate 95 one-way. Each electronic toll gantry a trucker passes under would cost about $3. The maximum daily charge would be $40.

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State of freight: Market pressure on driver pay stalled?

Though recent years have shown better trends, with pay rising fairly sharply for company drivers and independents alike, there's evidence from carrier surveys that such increases have now lulled. Lower volume expectations indicate increases in driver pay could be limited in 2016.

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Carrier asks FMCSA for exemption from short hauler log-keeping rules, blames detention time

The request would exempt Farruggio’s drivers who stay within the 100 air-mile radius but occasionally exceed the 12-hour limitation from having to complete a daily record of duty status. The company says approximately 12 percent of its drivers exceed the 12-hour limitation on a weekly basis, primarily due to waiting times at rail yards and piers.

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