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Overcoming the ‘gap': A big obstacle still remains in truck-trailer aerodynamics

While bumper-mounted air dams, wheel coverings and trailer side skirts and tails have improved airflow underneath and around tractor-trailers dramatically, the trailer gap remains a stubborn aerodynamic challenge for engineers.

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Federal court says fleet’s drivers are employees, not contractors in Calif. ruling

An appeals court June 16 ruled that drivers working for Georgia-based carrier Affinity Logistics — but working in California — were not independent contractors, as the fleet argued, but were employees, due to the control the carrier had over its drivers’ work.

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Restart watch: Whoopi doesn’t get it either

"Attention mainstream media: There are a lot of people out here who think the changes that have been proposed in draft legislation may actually, on the contrary, 'strengthen safety rules,'" contrary to what NYT editorial board thinks is going on in Congress.

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Opposition expected against restart rollback on Senate floor this week

As the Senate resumes work this week on its 2015 DOT-funding bill, the American Trucking Associations said it expects an attempt will come on the Senate floor to undo work by the Senate Appropriations committee to halt certain provisions of the current hours-of-service rule.

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Diesel hits lowest price since December, falls another cent

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 1 cent in the week ended June 16 to $3.882, according to the government. That's the seventh week in a row that the national price has fallen, hitting its lowest point since the week ended Dec. 23.

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House bill would nix gas tax, add tax to crude oil, index diesel tax to fuel economy

As the Highway Trust Fund's insolvency looms, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has introduced a highway funding plan that would repeal the federal gas tax in favor of other funding options, like taxing oil barrels and indexing the diesel tax to inflation and fleet fuel economy.

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Some people think driving in America is just ‘fantastic’

Meet former European haulers Martin Cassidy and Veronika Lengvarska in this profile of sorts by George & Wendy Show writer Wendy Parker.

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Jack Fielding has cultivated a career of involvement, safety, professionalism

As a trainer and advisory board member, the 2013 Company Driver of the Year contributed to his fleet’s comparable honor.

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

PIB tip: Save every receipt, no matter how small

Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider, who can then provide you with a monthly profit and loss statement as well as accurate quarterly tax estimates.

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Regulatory update: Speed limiters, insurance increase, carrier scoring rules still set for 2014

A DOT report issued June 13 indicates rules mandating the use of speed limiters in trucks, raising the minimum liability insurance for carriers and implementing a more complete and direct federal safety scoring system could still come in 2014.

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