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New Century abruptly closes and files for bankruptcy, driver sues for lack of notice

The 1,000-truck New Century Transportation has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 7. It has also been hit this week with a class-action lawsuit from a driver, who alleges the company violated federal law by not giving drivers a written notice 60 days prior to their dismissal.

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California considering replacing fuel tax with mileage tax

California could become the third West Coast state to test the feasibility of replacing state fuel excise tax with a vehicle-miles-traveled fee.

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Has FMCSA’s Ferro lost it? Or is her credibility just shot?

Given recent actions by Congress to undermine FMCSA rulemaking and an emotional plea made to Congress in a recent DOT Fast Lane blog post by agency head Anne Ferro, what's going to come of Ferro and her time at FMCSA?

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Diesel hits lowest point since January, falls sixth week in a row

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped again in the week ended June 9, falling 2.6 cents to $3.892, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.

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Senate DOT appropriations bill would set e-log, CSA safety fitness determination deadlines

In addition to offering restart-changes relief pending further study, the bill requires an ELD final rule by January 2015 and SFD proposal by December of this year, in addition to an OIG audit of the compliance review program.

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CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA's MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

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May employment report: Trucking gains 1,500 jobs, U.S. hiring surges

The for-hire trucking industry added 1,500 jobs in May on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the monthly employment report released June 6 by the Dept. of Labor. The U.S. economy as a whole added 217,000 jobs in the month.

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Groups praise amendment to suspend 2013 restart changes

Groups representing segments of the trucking industry have been quick to praise passage of an amendment to the Transportation Department funding bill that would suspend the 2013-imposed restart provisions in hours-of-service regulations for one year.

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

Bill in Senate would suspend hours rule’s restart provisions and require further study

A bill making its way through the Senate now includes an amendment to undo some provisions of the hours of service rule changes implemented in July 2013 for at least a year and require a study by the DOT.

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PIB tip: Shop for insurance

Don’t automatically include insurance in the final contract of a truck loan. Shop around beforehand, and you may opt to buy it elsewhere.

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