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Caterpillar reaches class-action settlement over alleged engine defects, ACERT owners to get payments

The $60 million settlement offers payments to current and former owners and lessees of trucks with the engines. Settlement payments can range from $500 to $10,000.

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FMCSA to grant military vets longer waiver on CDL skills test

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted an exemption to the Missouri Department of Revenue, which will apply to all states, that will give veterans more time to make the transition from the military to civilian life.

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NACFE: Lower viscosity oils can increase fuel economy

Mike Roeth, NACFE executive director, said the research for the report revealed that 5W-30 and 10W-30 engine oils, either the current CJ-4 or the upcoming CK-4, can replace the commonly used 15W-40 oils used in many trucks while also increasing fuel savings.

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Trailer flips in gusty wind: Preventable or not?

A 70-mph gust broadsided trucker John Doe’s container, flipping it violently on its side. His carrier issued a preventable accident warning, which Doe contested. Could Doe have prevented the accident?

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Update: Top 10 toughest states for hours of service violations

Since Overdrive’s CSA’s Data Trail series began with analysis of the 2011-12 period in 2013, when there were just three states above the 20 percent mark for hours violations, there have never been as many states above that mark than today. For this year, Arkansas, Wyoming top the list.

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FMCSA raises fines for some violations, lowers fines for others

The fines for violations of federal safety regulations underwent a makeover this year during the adjustment for inflation process. Some fines are higher than previous years, and some are lower, as FMCSA made the adjustments based on a new law passed by Congress in 2015.

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Average price of diesel holds steady nationwide

Following a slight drop in prices last week, diesel prices held steady during the week ending June 27 at $2.426 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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PeopleNet’s video system, analytics dashboard

The PeopleNet Video Intelligence Solution combine forward-facing cameras and event data captured by PeopleNet’s Onboard Event Recording (OER) application.

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ELD privacy concerns an ‘illogical extreme,’ groups argue in court filings

The court battle over a federal rule to mandate electronic logging devices for truck drivers saw two carrier-backed parties file briefs in support of the mandate this week, with both filings touting the perceived benefits of the rule and dismissing claims brought by trucker-backed groups about the rule’s efficacy.

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Bill opposes hiking new-truck tax

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced the legislation, putting the Senate on record opposing an increase of the FET, which at 12 percent is already the highest tax by percentage levied by Congress on any product.

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