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Alert: Brokerage fuel-advance scams on the rise with sophistication of identity thieves

Thieves posing as both brokers and carriers, and in some cases successfully claiming old or even active authorities for themselves, are increasingly using this scam to nab unearned fuel advances before disappearing.

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Roadside heat waning in Illinois

After a focus on moving violations led to a dramatic climb up Overdrive’s state inspection-intensity rankings in 2014, the Illinois State Police show signs of backing off.

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Thanksgiving cargo thefts on rise in recent years

Thanksgiving week over the last three years has seen thefts of $6 million in cargo, 44 semitractors and 51 semitrailers, according to crime analytics group CargoNet.

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Fuel prices drop 3.7 cents to lowest price of year

Diesel prices dropped an average of 3.7 cents across the United States during the week ending Monday, Nov. 23, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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NTSB to FMCSA: Consider drug testing for synthetic marijuana

The NTSB made two recommendations to the FMCSA after a crash investigation revealed a driver's use of synthetic marijuana.

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New online driver-carrier matching service

The Hickory, N.C.-based Blue Bloodhound company has introduced a new online, mobile-optimized platform to help connect carriers and drivers. Blue Bloodhound has begun offering its service in areas around Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky. Drivers and motor carriers throughout the U.S. also have access to and are encouraged to sign up with the service and create individual profiles. Blue Bloodhound claims to empower CDL drivers by "letting them operate as fully independent contractors" in their relationship to ...

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ELDs, hours, parking: Owner-operators’ top 3 critical issues

Considerable fleet/operator common ground is seen in hours of service, CSA, parking and related issues, though the economy ranks higher in Overdrive's list. Plus: Voices on the "Missouri Truck Ferry" project.

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3-truck fleet issued shutdown order by FMCSA over equipment negligence, false logs

Three-truck Ohio-based fleet Garfield Trucking has been issued an effective shutdown order following a roadside inspection that yielded dozens of violations and subsequent noncooperation from the carrier during an FMCSA inspection.

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The rise of pay-to-park

While some owner-operators appreciate the ability to reserve a space, Chuck Bishop of Sanger, Texas, thinks otherwise. Pilot Flying J, meanwhile, may be next with a systemwide pay-to-park system.

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Van freight: A few hot markets amid cold overall picture

Spot van load availability edged up half a percent last week on DAT Load Boards, but rates followed overall demand down in most major markets. Some seasonal bright spots, however, were evident.

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