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POLL: Have you successfully fought a traffic (or other) citation?

Whether issued at roadside for a moving violation or an equipment infraction noted in a scale-house, citations can put big stains on your record. Have you ever been successful fighting one or more in court or via administrative procedures?

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Walmart truckers land $55 million settlement for non-driving time pay

Walmart Transportation has been ordered by a federal jury to pay 850 current and former truck drivers a total of $55 million in back pay. Of note to truck operators, the company was ordered to pay $44.7 million for federally stipulated 10-hour off-duty periods.

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Hot markets for flat, van, reefer loads in the last week

E-commerce continued to extend the fall freight season, and season-specific freight was on the road in large volumes last week, with Christmas trees, as well as potatoes, cranberries, and other fall produce indicating that grocery stores were still stocking up on fresh food during the week before Thanksgiving. "We expect this week to be quieter, for all the right reasons."

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Two weeks remain to formally comment on speed limiter rule proposal

If the rule were to be made final, all new trucks would be required to use electronic speed governors. There is also a possibility it will require all trucks with factory-equipped speed limiters to be governed as well.

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Fuel prices drop 2.2 cents in most recent week

The cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.296 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic region at $2.355 per gallon.

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Web-based small fleet, broker TMS software

With a starting price of $69 a month and the first 30 days free, the Tailwind company's all-in-one Trucking & Freight Broker Software is built, the company says, to help small- to medium-size trucking companies and brokerages compete.

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Expansion of tolls on I-66 in Va. coming, general lanes to remain free for truckers

Express Mobility Partners will maintain one express lane and three regular lanes in each direction between the Beltway/I-495 and U.S. Route 29. Despite the new lanes being toll lanes, the general use lanes will remain free for truckers.

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Fall freight season spreading out beyond Thanksgiving? Spot market update illustrates e-commerce trends

"The very decided trend toward e-commerce for holiday shoppers" holds the chance of extending, or at least re-ordering, "the historic notions of the 'second freight season' ending by Thanksgiving." --DAT's Ken Harper

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MyLumper: New lumper fee payment service

MyLumper, a company calling itself the "first electronic payment platform that facilitates lumper fee payment instantly and securely," debuted its web- and smartphone-based platform.

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Autonomous trucks pave way for hours reform and more, but major roadblocks remain, says ATRI

“Truck driving as a career may become more attractive as Level 3 and Level 4 trucks are commercially available. Automation may relieve some of the stress and monotony of driving long hours and...could allow drivers to work on tasks such as logistics while the vehicle is moving,” ATRI says. “The ability to rest while driving in the Level 4 environment could enable drivers to be at home more often rather than parked at distant ...

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