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Another medical certification cautionary tale: Eric Toms’ cancelled CDL privileges

Eric Toms' medical certification lapsed by just one week early in 2015 -- late in the year, when he went to renew his CDL, he found it had been cancelled, without word one from the DMV.

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Holiday spot market update: Freight activity falls, though demand boosted with weather

Van load posts on DAT load boards slowed by 22 percent, and truck posts declined 33 percent, during the Christmas holiday week. Weather-led disruptions boosted demand in spots.

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Pay less for insurance

While the liability minimum debate continues, you can still lower your premium.

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PIB tip: Shorter loan, less costly truck

The ideal loan term for a three-year depreciable asset like a heavy-duty truck is three or four years. Here's why.

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Top 10 stories of 2015: ELD mandate, $65k minimum driver pay, inspection blitz effects and more

Concluding the year's top story countdown — 2015's biggest stories for owner-operators include a federal ELD mandate, CSA score removal, long-term highway funding, a modernized revamp of a classic tractor and more.

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POLL: What’s your business outlook for 2016?

Owner-operators, how do economic conditions and your opportunity for profit look from the driver's seat in your business? Will the coming year be better, about the same or worse than the one in the rear view?

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New trucker-friendly hotel-booking engine

PTAG, the Professional Trucker's Association Group, has launched its "PTAG Safe Truck Parking Program," primarily a hotel-booking engine with negotiated discounts built in, the organization notes.

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Top stories of 2015, Part 1: 1970s trucking, owner-operator pay, suicide by truck, med cert changes and more

Counting down the year's top stories: a look back at the states with the toughest hours enforcement, trucking in the 1970s, the U.S.' first road-legal autonomous truck, owner-operator pay figures and more.

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iPhone app offers post-accident drug-test decision assist

The app, soon to be available for Android, offers an intuitive design to allow carriers to easily assess whether or not an event is an FMCSA-qualified accident requiring post-accident drug/alcohol testing.

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Truckers get $7M in back pay following misclassification claims, strikes

In July, Pac 9 drivers began their sixth and indefinite strike to protest what it says is unfair labor practices at the Carson-based company. The California Labor Commissioner has concluded 38 Pacific 9 Transportation drivers are employees — not contractors — and that the drayage company owes them $6,926,279 in wages.

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