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Size and weight increases: Groups fight legislation in Washington, report finds negative impacts

Several trucking groups took to Washington, D.C., this week to note their opposition to any increases to truck size and weight limits. A recent study, too, points to potential negative safety effects of bigger and heavier trucks.

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Hours of service waivers for propane haulers rescinded in most exempted states

FMCSA has cancelled the Congressionally implemented hours of service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers in 31 of the 36 states where exemptions were granted

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OOIDA requests FMCSA delay the compliance date of medical registry rule

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a legal petition asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to push back the compliance date of the medical examiner registry rule until more agency-certified examiners are available for truck operators.

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ATRI looking for driver input on hours rule effects, detention time

The American Transportation Research Institute announced this week it's looking for input from truck operators on the impacts of the current hours of service rule and about detention time for two separate studies it's working on.

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Downward trend continues for diesel prices, down 6.2 cents in 4 weeks

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell again in the week ended April 7, down another 1.6 cents to $3.959, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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NTSB pushing for blind spot systems, trailer guards, better data collection

The National Transportation Safety Board recommends regulations be put in place to require new trucks to be equipped with systems to boost blind spot awareness and side and rear underride guards and to require that better data be collected on trailers involved in crashes.

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OTR Digital Tookit: Business, news, lifestyle, locator resources for owner-operators

Our editors have scoured what’s available in terms of websites, online software, smartphone apps, podcasts, email newsletters, social media and blogs and built a list of the top picks for owner-operators.

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Trucking employment gains again, up 3,300 jobs in March

The for-hire trucking industry added 3,300 payroll jobs in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the monthly employment report released April 4 by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

OOIDA pushing driver training, FMCSA reform for highway bill items

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced this week the two main items it is pushing Congress to include in its next highway bill: Bolstering training for new drivers and reforming the federal trucking regulatory process.

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House members call for GAO to evaluate FMCSA’s methodology in creating hours rule

Two members of Congress have asked the Government Accountability Office to evaluate studies done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that justify the most recent hours of service regulations changes, which took effect last year.

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