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FMCSA blocks Canadian trucker from U.S., citing violations of out-of-service orders

FMCSA said Gill “willfully disregarded the out-of-service order” in three separate instances in four days and continued driving his truck before being shut down after the fourth order. He was also found to have surreptitiously taken his truck from a storage facility where it had been towed.

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Truck operators to take on most of driver training rule costs, per FMCSA figures

Drivers themselves will bear the bulk of the rule’s costs, according to FMCSA’s calculations. The 30-day period for owner-operators and other industry stakeholders to file formal comments ends in a week.

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New FetchDesk freight brokerage app announced, pre-registration available

Once the system launches later this year, pre-subscribed users will be sent an account code that will allow them to post upcoming empty trucks up to eight days in advance by using their phone. Carriers don't search for loads – they are contacted by shippers and brokers – and are paid 100 percent of the invoice price, the company says,

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Diesel prices climb for sixth straight week

The price of a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.121. Prices increased in all but two regions – the Midwest and West Coast less California.

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Calif. VMT tax pilot project follows Ore.’s weight-mile lead

Trucking telematics provider EROAD tapped to track heavy-duty participants in California's vehicle-miles-traveled tax pilot project, running nine months beginning in July.

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Hours exemption for Oregon loggers extended per 2015-passed highway bill

The extension of the expiration date is in response to a provision in the December-passed FAST Act highway bill that extended exemptions in effect when the bill was enacted. The bill extended the exemptions to five years from the date they were were issued from two years.

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Request to allow some drivers to use detention time as off-duty time denied by FMCSA

An exemption request from the American Trucking Associations that would allow drivers to exclude detention time at a natural gas or oil well site from their total 14 on-duty hours has been denied by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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FMCSA shuts down two-truck fleet in fourth carrier shutdown order of year

The agency says the two-truck N.C.-based carrier didn't follow hours of service rules, didn't properly maintain its equipment, didn't drug test drivers and more.

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Owner-operator niche: Auto hauling — hard to get established, but lucrative if you can

Auto hauling is one of the more difficult trucking segments to enter and master, but it also can be one of the most financially rewarding, with many auto haulers bringing home net pay of six figures. Here's what it takes and how owner-operators can get into it.

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Wyoming-based seven-truck carrier ordered to shut down following FMCSA investigation

Violations include: Failing to conduct pre-employment background checks on drivers, failing to ensure drivers were qualified before dispatching them, failing to properly monitor drivers to ensure compliance with hours-of-service requirements, using a driver who tested positive for a controlled substance and failure to maintain equipment.

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