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FMCSA: Study shows lower crash rates with e-logs, but ‘skewed’ to bigger carriers

Electronic logs have a beneficial impact on truck safety, according to a study posted Monday by FMCSA. The agency does, however, say the study is "skewed" toward large, for-hire carriers.

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60-day comment period for e-log mandate too short, CVSA says, requests 30-day extension

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has asked FMCSA to give stakeholders an extra 30 days to submit comments on the agency's proposed electronic logging device mandate, citing the complexity and significance of the rule as reasons.

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Carrier groups want expansion of drug database rule, petition FMCSA

Some trucking and enforcement groups have asked FMCSA to expand its drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule to require carriers to report “actual knowledge” of drug use by drivers. OOIDA says such "unverifiable" information should not be used against a driver.

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Price of diesel drops again, could be start of summer drop off

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell again in the week ended May 12, dropping 1.6 cents to $3.948. The decreases could be the beginning of the DOE-predicted summer decline, when the national average price is expected to slide to a $3.87 summer average.

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FMCSA unveils rule to prohibit coercion of drivers by carriers, shippers, brokers

A proposed rule prohibiting carriers, shippers, brokers and others from coercing drivers to drive beyond hours of service limits or other federal rules has been released by FMCSA, and the agency is taking public comment for 90 days.

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ELDs: Privacy, competition, adoption

While the expectation of privacy and freedom of business choice are two different things, both tend to dominate ELD concerns... More voices on the mandate.

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Reader: ‘I see trucking improving’…

That only tells a part of the story. In reader Jim Stewart's eyes, the regulatory drag on the trucking business is finally registering with customers where it counts: rates. What do you think?

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Lawsuits allege Caterpillar concealed defects in 2007-2010 engines

Lawsuits filed against Caterpillar claim that its 2007-2010 year model ACERT C13 and C15 engines were defective and that the company concealed the information from buyers and owners.

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PIB tip: Obtain a monthly earnings statement

All of your records should be converted into a profit and loss statement at the end of every month to show miles, revenue, costs and how much money you made or lost.

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30-second trucker tip: How to find and play podcasts

Bored with the same old CDs and satellite radio programs to tickle your ears while you’re on the road? If you’ve got internet access, you can liven up those long hours with some fresh programming that suits your mood and interests.

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