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Proposed federal rule to govern truck speeds to be published soon

A proposed federal rule to require the use of speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks has cleared its final hurdle in the regulatory process and will likely be published in the coming weeks. The rule will set a speed limit for on-highway trucks.

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Pay attention to these factors driving physical damage insurance costs for owner-operators

“Typically, the stated value of the vehicle is important, but the driving factor behind premiums is the MVR,” said Courtney Wilson, president of 1st Guard Insurance Co.

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ATRI program aims to ease congestion along major truck freight corridors

After an April report from ATRI that found congestion cost the trucking industry nearly $50 billion in 2014, the group set out to address such congestion through an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) program.

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Trucker gets squeezed into crash in downtown delivery: Preventable or not?

Trucker John Doe tried to merge back into traffic after making a delivery in downtown rush-hour traffic. But an impatient cab driver mashed the gas to try to maneuver around Doe’s rig, causing the two vehicles to collide. Could Doe have prevented this accident?

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How Covenant relies on teams for its edge

The company has about 900 teams and 375 solo drivers. About 90 of the trucks are owner-operated. For hazmat-certified owner-operators, the team opportunities include 100 percent no-touch freight, $1.03 per mile, a safety bonus, a $1,000 monthly bonus to each team that runs 15,000 miles, and other benefits.

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New mobile app from C.H. Robinson

C.H. Robinson announced the release of Navisphere Carrier, a mobile app designed with greater levels of automation to support carriers working with the 3PL.

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Truckers win case against NY Thruway tolls, ATA seeking refunds

A federal judge has ruled New York Thruway tolls are for maintaining the road and cannot be used to subsidize the state canal system. The plaintiffs are seeking refunds for interstate truckers who drove the Thruway since Nov. 14, 2010.

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Holding pattern: Van, reefer rates flat nationally but some markets heat up

Rates on the lane from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa.¸ were up 13 cents to an average of $2.59 per mile. The Midwest has also been improving, with outbound prices up in both Columbus and Chicago.

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Used truck pricing update: 3-5-year-old sleeper tractors lag behind 2015, but remain stable

“The cohort with the best value retention looks to be trucks of model year 2013 with 400,000 to 500,000 miles,” says NADA's Chris Visser. “Trucks in this age and mileage range have consistently returned prices in the low- to mid- $40,000 range since January."

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Republican, Democratic platforms mum on trucking but for infrastructure investment plans

The two major political parties in the U.S. said very little about trucking in their official 2016 platforms. The two also offer different paths forward for the country's transportation infrastructure. Details here...

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