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Minor changes made to inspection regulations

A few minor changes to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) remove the ability for carriers to use roadside inspections as their required annual inspection, as well as clarify rules on correcting violations found during roadside inspections and more.

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European truck makers hit with multi-billion-dollar fine in price fixing scheme

European regulators hit major European truck makers with $3.24 billion in fines this week, charging the company's broke anti-trust laws by colluding on truck prices for 14 years.

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Dog days of freight, rates setting in?

"Bad news, good news," says DAT's Ken Harper, looking at the spot market picture within the last week -- less freight, suggesting the typically "Summertime Blues" this time of year may finally be settling in.

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Mailbag: A primary tool in warding off post-crash litigation threats

"You’ve got to keep an eye out for every little detail and pass it on. If you’ve got a good insurance company, they’ll fight it for you.” As in crashes, as in other cases, says owner-operator Wayne VanHooser. “You’d be surprised how many times you can win when you do that.”

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FMCSA delays implementation date of URS online carrier registration portal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delayed the final implementation of its Unified Registration System until Jan. 14, 2017.

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National fuel prices see 1.2-cent drop in most recent week

With a 1.2-cent decrease during the week ending July 18, diesel prices across the United States have dropped for the third week in a row, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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Serious excess-detention issue lost on many brokers, survey says

A new survey conducted by DAT shows something of a disconnect between carrier/broker views on detention. While detention is one of the top 5 business issues for 8 in 10 carriers, only 20 percent of brokers agreed that detention was that significant for them.

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Rules on CDL clearinghouse, speed limiters still set for summer publication

The DOT removed a projected publication date for Phase II of the greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards in its latest regulatory report. A proposed rule to mandate speed limiters is still expected this summer.

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Lawmaker again looking to protect gliders from upcoming emissions regs

Passage of the amendment in the House, which also has the support of independent retailers of glider kits, is the first step to inclusion in a final appropriations bill for 2017.

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Report: Small carriers being hammered by bad rates, slow freight

Shippers are “pounding on rates,” the report says, referring to the present pricing situation as “rate carnage.” Small carriers like owner-operators are having a hard time keeping up, the report says.

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