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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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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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Independent contractor status in question: What’s happening with ‘misclassification’ efforts nationwide

Trucking and labor nationwide are engaged in a debate over what determines independent contractor status, as lawmakers and courts consider whether owner-operators should be classified as employees.

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Agency seeking New Entrant testing input at March 28, April 7 listening sessions

FMCSA will hear input from industry stakeholders and other public comment in the second and third listening sessions held March 28 and April 7 to aid the agency in its creation of the New Entrant testing rule mandated by MAP-21.

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National diesel price remains mostly flat, still above $4

March diesel price swings continue to come in more lamb than lion: The national average diesel price climbed slightly, up a half-cent to $4.021 in the week ended March 10.

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uShip, eBay ink agreement on larger-than-parcel items

uShip will be a featured option for buyer-arranged transport in eBay categories were items of 150 lbs. or greater are common.

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Audit says CSA data process still flawed, hinders program’s effectiveness

FMCSA's data collection process for its CSA program has shortcomings the agency needs to address, according to an audit, or the agency won't be able to "effectively implement" the program or address some of the major concerns of the trucking industry.

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CARB proposes delaying, changing some emissions requirements for owner-operators

California's Air Resources Board this week officially unveiled some proposed changes to its Truck & Bus Rule emissions regulations, potentially allowing owner-operators and small fleets some additional routes to compliance.

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