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House bill would undo hours rule, reinstate previous restart provisions

A bill with bi-partisan support has been introduced in the U.S. House and if passed would undo the current hours of service rule and allow truck drivers to revert back to abiding by the hours rules in place prior to the July 1 changes.

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House panel punts on highway funding measures

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation unanimously said the U.S. should spend more on highway funding. It fails,however, to provide specifics as to where the money will come from.

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5 more things members of the general public don’t know about truckers

Costs of operation eat up a majority of an owner-operator business's revenue -- more on fuel, maintenance, tires, oil and food in this occasional series.

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FMCSA officially amends hours rule to remove break requirement for short haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule this week that officially provides an exemption of the 30-minute break requirement of the current hours of service rule to short haulers.

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Diesel price drops another 1.6 cents, down to lowest since July

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped 1.6 cents in the week ended Oct. 28 to $3.870, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Panel: Hours rule hurting safety, pushing drivers out of industry

The latest hours of service rule is pushing older, experienced drivers out of the industry, which will take a toll on safety, a panel of fleet managers said last week.

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Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 2

Many carriers have moved in in the direction of time-based pay systems with hourly detention-pay plans, including small fleets; some strategies for detention-rate negotiations take shape.

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One week left for California ’06 reefer-unit extension

Orders for verified diesel emissions control strategies for transport refrigeration units operating in California, such as Level 3 diesel particulate filters, must be placed by Oct. 31.

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

Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 1

Everyone in the supply chain benefits from uncompensated detention time – except the driver. Some see a shift toward hourly pay as a solution; other solutions are explored in this part 1 of a two-part series on detention.

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Hours rules, CSA top industry issues, study shows

Though taken from fleet executive responses and geared toward the same group, an annual study released this week shows regulations and programs of the federal government — namely, hours of service rules and CSA — draw the most concern from carriers.

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