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Owner-operators have one more week to comment on DOT’s speed governor rule

Barring a late extension, owner-operators and other industry stakeholders have just a week left to offer formal feedback to the U.S. DOT regarding its proposal to electronically govern truck speeds.

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DOT establishes autonomous advisory committee to guide policy on automated trucks, cars

“This committee will help determine how, when, and where automated technology will transform the way we move,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “The Department has advanced some of the life-saving benefits of automated technologies, including automated vehicle policy, but we are looking outside the government for innovative and thoughtful leaders to uncover its full potential across all modes.”

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Now, not later: Group wants FMCSA to allow drug testing of truckers via hair sample

The FAST Act highway bill passed last year opens the door for the agency to recognize hair tests in lieu of urine samples, but not until the Department of Health and Human Services creates guidelines for hair sample testing.

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Mega-carrier XPO sells truckload biz to Transforce in $600M deal

The truckload operation sold to TransForce encompasses approximately 3,000 tractors, 7,500 trailers and 29 locations -- all of which were part of XPO's October 2015 acquisition of Con-way Inc.

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Spot market: Mixed bag for flatbed, dry van, reefer

Surging van freight in the Southeast post-Matthew fell off as flatbed picked up there last week. Reefers were in demand in markets along the Mexican border with produce coming north.

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Truckstop.com launcing new app, adding load tracking feature

The new app will replace the existing ITS Trucker mobile app and allows carriers to see load details and pick-up and drop information, as well as submit check calls directly.

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Cargo thefts in California up 40 percent year-over-year, down across U.S.

The 201 cargo thefts, however, are a 9 percent decrease from 2015’s third quarter, CargoNet reports. These thefts decreased in most states, according to the firm, but California saw a 40 percent increase in year-over-year cargo thefts with 59 reported thefts.

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Truckers with high BMI would be forced into apnea screening under FMCSA committee recommendations, drivers respond

The committees recommend FMCSA require certain truckers to be screened for sleep apnea based on their BMI and other risk factors. Truckers with a BMI of 33 or higher would also be subject to screening if they meet three other qualifiers, a list that includes being male and being older than 42 -- a large demographic among truckers.

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Partners in Business tip: Carry a notebook with your receipt envelope

This notebook will be used to record those expenses for which you cannot obtain a receipt, such as when you wash your truck at a coin-operated facility or personal use of your auto, so you can deduct the expenses at tax time.

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MyRiteLoad shipper-carrier connection platform — no freight for the time being, company says

Another shipper-carrier connection platform subscription refunded. MyRiteLoad.com head, however, says he's more than ever committed to pursuit of goal to "eliminate the brokers" and excess commissions on freight transactions.

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