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Though the weather turns colder, spot market temps turn up for vans, flatbeds

Winter weather in the Midwest and Northeast could push rates even higher the week of Christmas, since parcel freight will be moving until Saturday the 24th, and those lanes will be slower and more difficult.

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FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

'EIT' in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -- or 'compliance-review waterboarding,' so to speak ...

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Cargo theft historically higher during holiday season, FreightWatch says

With both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day occurring on Sunday this year, FWI says many receiving facilities’ schedules will be adjusted, leaving more opportunity for freight to be parked for extra time.

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C.R. England to pay 6,300 truckers $2.35M in back pay

The settlement breaks down to a net payment of $273 per driver. The remainder of the settlement goes to attorney’s fees and court costs, according to court documents.

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New tolls coming on I-65 bridges, toll increases on horizon in several states

Beginning Dec. 30, three Ohio River bridges will begin tolling the new I-65 Abraham Lincoln Bridge, the I-65 Kennedy Bridge and the new East End bridge. Several other tolling locations around the country are also increasing tolls for trucks.

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2013 hours regs permanently nixed, ATA says; FMCSA disputes

ATA says the "restart rollback" is now permanent. FMCSA says it's still waiting on the results of a report, as Congress directed.

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Thursday round-up: Supply chain mandating ELDs?, Wal-Mart moving toward cab cameras, nolo contendere for operator

Reporting out of Arkansas: Wal-Mart's private fleet begins to test in-cab camera systems. Howard Salmon pleas out from under a following-too-close citation. And: one regular reader calls foul on the notion that brokers/shippers will require ELDs in contracts for exempt truckers post-mandate.

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ATBS expands biz services offerings

The company’s new package, called RumbleStrip Essentials, offers tax consulting, state and federal tax returns, quarterly tax estimates, tax reconciliation, profit and loss statements, monthly bookkeeping and access to a secure online document portal.

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Gliders losing altitude: Emissions regs crack down on pre-2010 engines, crimping a hot market

Federal regulations taking effect Dec. 27 restrict the glider market by allowing much smaller sales after 2017. The expansive emissions standards finalized effectively close the loophole that allowed glider kit sales to flourish. That leaves glider kit makers scrambling to alter their operations or shuttering their glider business altogether.

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Baseline compliance ELD from ISE Fleet Services

ISE's eFleetSuite ruggedized Android tablet paired with a connection to the engine's electronic control module is an e-log for those without much need to "go above and beyond" in functionality.

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