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Diesel price falls again, hits one of lowest averages since January

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell in the week ended July 14 to $3.894 a gallon, according to the government. This is the second straight week the price of diesel has dropped and the lowest the price of diesel has been since January, save for two weeks in June.

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Pilot Flying J agrees to $92 million criminal settlement in fraudulent fuel rebate case

Pilot Flying J has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve the criminal investigation into the company's fraudulent rebate withholding scheme, agreeing to pay a $92 million fine. That's in addition to the $85 million civil settlement from November.

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Investment banker’s front-line info source: You

A banker who looks to drivers for front-line economic information predicts some good times ahead -- what does business look like where you sit?

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Drivers allowed state-assured rest breaks in California, court says

A federal appeals court ruled this week that motor carriers are not exempt from California state law requiring mandatory paid breaks for workers, overturning a ruling made by a lower court that had exempted motor carriers and opening the door for similar challenges, both in California and elsewhere.

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Class-action lawsuit accuses Navistar of knowingly selling defective engines

A class-action lawsuit filed July 10 by three trucking companies against Navistar-International echoes claims of similar lawsuits filed this week: The truck and engine maker knew its EGR-only MaxxForce engines had defects and Navistar concealed those problems from buyers.

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Smartphone, tablet logging apps no longer require printing or manual signatures, FMCSA says

Digital logs produced by smartphone, tablet or computer apps no longer have to be printed and signed manually by drivers, according to new guidance on digital logs issued by FMCSA.

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PrePass: 475k trucks using service

PrePass weigh station bypass service announced July 8 that its participation in May reached 475,000, a record-high for the company.  PrePass has 304 opreation sites in 31 states and is the largest truck safety pre-clearance system in North America. New sites will open in Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma in the coming weeks, the company said, with another eight sites planned in a number of states afterward.  “This is a significant accomplishment for HELP Inc. and PrePass because ...

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Navistar hit with 3 lawsuits over EGR-only engines as carriers claim defects, losses

Three trucking companies have filed lawsuits against truck and engine maker Navistar, claiming its '11-'12 MaxxForce engines were defective and didn’t meet federal emissions standards. The lawsuits further allege Navistar knew its engines were flawed yet concealed that information.

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

Diesel snaps short upswing, falls slightly

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped seven-tenths of a cent to $3.913 in the week ended July 7, according to the Dept. of Energy, snapping the short two-week uptick in the price of diesel.

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PIB tip: Carry a notebook with your receipt envelope

This notebook will be used to record those expenses for which you cannot obtain a receipt, such as when you wash your truck at a coin-operated facility or personal use of your auto, so you can deduct the expenses at tax time.

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