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Senate passes bill to exempt propane haulers from hours reg to May 31, bill goes to president

The Senate unanimously passed March 14 a bill that would extend hours-of-service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers to March 31. The bill now goes to President Obama, where his signature would make it law.

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Turnover at large truckload carriers falls at year-end

The turnover rate at large truckload carriers fell six percentage points to 91 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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New rule includes 8 ways to help prevent e-log harassment

FMCSA outlines eight proposed provisions to attempt to prevent driver harassment with ELDs. Congress and the courts directed FMCSA to include safeguards against driver harassment in the rule.

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Logging device mandate could come in 2016, outlines hardware spec’s, harassment provisions

The rule addresses driver harassment protections, hardware specifications and hours of service-related supporting documents.

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Readers debate New Entrant test

While a majority were positive about FMCSA's plan to introduce regs testing into the process for obtaining operating authority, questions as to the scope of test questions remained as the second federal listening session on the subject approached.

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FMCSA proposes rule mandating electronic logging devices

The compliance date for the mandate will be two years after the final rule is published, which will come after a 60-day public comment period.

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Speed limiter rule coming? DOT report says yes, and could be this year

Joining an already full trucking regulatory docket this year could be a rule that requires trucks to use speed limiters, though what the limited speed may be isn’t known.

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Diesel price still projected to fall in 2014, 2015, but forecast price climbing

The Dept. of Energy's most recent Short Term Energy Outlook projects the U.S.' average diesel price to fall to $3.85 this year, a 7-cent drop from 2013's average of $3.92 and a 12-cent drop from 2012's $3.97. Those numbers, however both are upward revisions of previous projections.

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

E-log mandate likely coming soon: White House clears rule, publication nearing

After more than seven months in waiting, the proposed rule mandating Electronic Logging Devices has cleared the White House's Office of Management and Budget, likely paving the way for a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be published by the end of the month.

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3 owner-operator tax myths to avoid

Here are three of the biggest owner-operator tax myths, taken from Overdrive’s Partners in Business manual.

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