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Cummins opts out of 2016 MATS, joining all major NA truck makers

Cummins announced Jan. 21 it too will forgo exhibiting at the 2016 edition of the Mid-America Trucking Show, joining all major truck manufacturers in opting to skip the annual trucking trade event. It will, like the others have announced, return to the show in 2017, the diesel engine maker said in its announcement.

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CargoNet: More than $175 million in truck cargo stolen in 2015

Out of a total of 881 incidents of cargo theft in 2015, the estimated total value of stolen cargo was more than $175 million, according to CargoNet’s annual theft trend analysis.

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Fuel prices putting a damper on rates as winter freight season settles in

Rates fell for hauls originating in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, but strong freight volume may lead to a rebound on the most popular lanes this week or next.

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DOT rule to implement new carrier rating system published, FMCSA seeking comment

FMCSA has published a proposed rule that would reform the way it rates carriers and determines their overall safety fitness to operate, and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days.

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Required 34-hour restart study finished, advances to next step, says FMCSA boss

A Congressionally required study of truck operators and FMCSA’s 2013-instituted 34-hour restart regulations has been completed and is now under review by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary, said Scott Darling, nominated administrator of FMCSA.

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ELD mandate: Feb. effective date, details on yard moves, personal conveyance

FMCSA establishes page where registered, approved ELDs will appear with Feb. 16 effective date. And: How personal conveyance and yard moves expected to be handled under new e-log specs.

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Large carrier announces pay increase for safe drivers

U.S. Xpress will increase the base mileage pay for OTR solo drivers who are accident, ticket and CSA violation free for 12 months, effective March 1.

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Second take: Owner-operators stand to benefit from ‘beyond compliance’ program

“If you lose, why wouldn’t you at least try to get the best deal possible? FMCSA is being asked to think outside the box. Owner-ops and small businesses should too," says Joe Rajkovacz. "It would sure be nice to find out some ideas from truckers out there not buying into the gospel of ‘Just say no.’”

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Fuel prices drop 6.5 cents during week

Most parts of the country saw significant decreases in diesel fuel prices this week, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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Bevy of rulemaking activity expected soon, including speed limiter mandate, apnea pre-rule and CDL clearinghouse

February could be another busy month on the trucking regulatory front. See what rules are projected to see action soon.

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