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Log haulers in Oregon asking for exemption of hours rule break requirement

Timber haulers in Oregon are seeking an exemption to the 30-minute break required by the hours of service rule that went into effect July 1, saying environmental and seasonal restrictions already limit their ability to get logs to mills.

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West Virginia to get truck parking alert system

The West Virginia Division of Highways will offer a guidance system to alert truckers to available parking via roadway signs and the 511 Traveler Information platform.

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A little fuel dilution, soot, blow-by is OK

Some fuel dilution after idling, a little soot in your engine and some blow-by are (mostly) normal and not anything you should be worried about, writes Bruce Mallinson.

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Reefer, van rates jump in November while flatbed sags

The per-mile flatbed rate on the spot market hit its lowest monthly average in November since March, according to Internet Truckstop, while reefer and dry van saw jumps spurred by the holidays.

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Diesel price creeps downward, snaps small string of increases

So ends the latest streak of weekly diesel price increases — the national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell in the weekended Dec. 9 a fraction of a cent to $3.879 a gallon.

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Panel blames driver image for problems fleets have hiring

According to some fleet representatives and other panel members at a session held on driver recruiting and retention at CCJ's Fall Symposium last week, driver image could be the biggest issue in attracting new drivers to the field.

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Throwing tomatoes at fuel-tax-hike bill

Any fuel-tax hike must come with "iron clad' provisions on misuse of funds for purposes other than highways, readers note -- meantime, the recent tax-hike bill's chances of passing?....

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CARB sued by OOIDA over retrofit filter requirement in emissions regulations

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sued the California Air Resources Board over the agency's requirement that 2006 year-model and older trucks be retrofitted with a particulate matter filter to run in the state.

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Regulatory onslaught to shrink capacity, spur rate increase, economist says

The regulatory bottleneck heading toward the trucking industry in 2014 will further shrink the driver pool and the industry's capacity and could lead to a 6 percent increase in truckload rates by the second quarter of 2014, said Eric Starks

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Owner-operators have potential to get the most out of aero devices, SmartTruck says

SmartTruck's Mitch Greenberg says owner-operators could stand to gain most effectively the benefits from its UnderTray aerodynamic system. The company detailed its rigorous testing methods this week at proving grounds in S.C.

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