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Omnitracs adds video option to in-cab system

Omnitracs last week unveiled a new in-cab video system that records driver-facing and road-facing video during “critical events,” such as hard braking, hard stops, loss of stability control, close following distance and more.

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Diesel prices see first increase in two months

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel rose 6.6 cents during the week ending Aug. 22 to $2.37 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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POLL: Small fleet owners, where do you most-often find your driver candidates?

If you've been in the position of hiring a driver, what most commonly generates the successful job candidate -- direct referrals of various natures, ads in local or far-flung places or something else entirely? Weigh in here.

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Saving time with curtainside trailer, losing it with detention

“So now you get your phone out, take a nap, find something to occupy your time,” said steel hauler Jeremy Johnson said. “I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out at my expense.”

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Truck purchase v. lease: How to weigh the choices

Things have been going well for owner-operator John Doe. His primary customer has offered him greater load frequency, but taking advantage of the opportunity will require another dependable truck. Weigh his choices to purchase or lease here and weigh in with your own.

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Uber enters trucking via Otto acquisition, co.’s announce plans for freight matching system

Trucking tech startup Otto announced Aug. 18 it has been acquired by ride-sharing tech giant Uber. The two companies say they have plans for not only deploying an autonomous retrofit system on tractor-trailers, but also for bringing Uber-type technology to trucking to create a nationwide load-truck matching platform.

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Trucking industry groups say they’re concerned about costs of new emissions rule, but support goals

“Forcing a standard that can lead to problems with reliability and maintenance ultimately has no benefits to the environment if no one wants to buy the product,” one trucking industry group said.

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Full-service leasing on the rise?

Combine rapidly developing and complicated truck technology with new-equipment cost pressures and the Millennial generation’s rising presence in trucking, and some watchers see full-service leasing being increasingly attractive to small fleets.

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Speed limiter rule projected to be published next week, per DOT report

Following its recent stamp of approval by the White House, the DOT's rule to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks is now expected to be published next Friday.

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Making the truck acquisition decision: To lease or purchase?

Rising equipment, maintenance costs drive closer looks at options old and new for acquiring a truck by purchase, lease-purchase or full-service lease deal.

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