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Congress could force FMCSA to suspend hours of service restart rules

A major spending bill in the works in Congress could include a major provision for the trucking industry: Direction to suspend parts of the 2013 federal hours of service rule.

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Channeling Reagan, Congressmen push for increasing fuel taxes

Two Congressmen — and a cutout of President Ronald Reagan — pushed Wednesday for an increase to the tax on diesel and gasoline as a means to better fund U.S. Highways. They and President Obama, however, know Congressional action is unlikely.

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Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

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‘Hotshot on steroids': Straight Forward Transportation of Ohio

Sue and Kevin Nelson's 2012 single-drive-axle Freightliner Columbia is Straight Forward Transportation’s “hotshot on steroids,” says Sue Nelson, acquired to augment a business founded the non-dually drive axle of a Ford F250 pickup, still in operation.

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Car/mobile equipment hauling: Owner-operator Greg Cutler’s Show-n-Sell Towing & Recovery

Today hauling classic cars, farm equipment and other rolling stock, Greg Cutler of Fon Du Lac, Wis., got into hotshot hauling after years as a tow operator.

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FedEx drivers reject Teamsters affiliation in latest vote

FedEx Freight says drivers at its Louisville, Ky., hub voted last week against joining the Teamsters union. The Louisville vote was the latest chapter in the Teamsters’ recent run at the parcel carrier giant.

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‘I-4 Ultimate’ project in Florida getting under way in new year

Also: Independent former hotshot/car hauler Joey Slaughter's step deck transition with an all-aluminum 53-foot Chaparral step.

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Geographic specialization, with Brady’s Hotshot Hauling owner-operator Jeff Ward

Atlanta-area owner-operator Jeff Ward started his hotshot business with a diesel F450 cab and chassis outfitted with a flatbed body and gooseneck-type hitch.

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

Rates update: Van, reefer see big gains in November, flatbed falls

Per-mile spot market rates in reefer and dry van segments saw big jumps in November, keeping in line with seasonal trends, while flatbed rates fell a few cents in the month.

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U.S. diesel price falls again, hits multi-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 2.3 cents in the week ended Dec. 1 to $3.605. That’s the lowest national average since February 2011.

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