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Group seeks exemption from 30-minute break rule for oversize/overweight load haulers

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association has asked FMCSA to grant drivers carrying loads that are oversize or overweight an exemption to the the 30-minute break requirement of the 2013 hours of service rule.

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CVSA joins industry in call for CSA SMS scores to be removed from public view

In a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx dated Nov. 14, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance echoed industry calls for CSA's SMS scores to be removed from public view.

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Former drivers, raise hands high!

Former owner-operator Bryan Lundberg's latest step on the path through the trucking world is as a broker. His last Kenworth, though, is no less special to him. Photos from back when here.

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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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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

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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