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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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Big carriers and owner-ops continue fight over speed limiter mandate as comment period closes

More on speed limiter rule comments: Big fleets who filed comments on the proposal rallied around a 65 mph nationwide limit for nearly all trucks on the highway. OOIDA and most trucker commenters, however, say the rule damages owner-operators’ ability to compete in the marketplace against larger carriers.

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Pilot Flying J to launch roadside assistance service in 2017, testing parking availability sensors

In addition to the roadside repair program, the company also plans to open 20 repair shops in 2017. The company will also add parking availability information and parking reservation capabilities to its MyPilot app next year, it says.

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Older trucks holding value better since ELD announcement

Wholesale auction data over the past two years exhibit that 1995-1999 truck prices have declined at a slower rate than 2000-2004 trucks, particularly since announcement of the ELD mandate's pre-2000 model year exemption.

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U.S. 41 Twin Bridges near KY/IN line restricted to one lane next two weeks

Work will begin on the southbound bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and likely continue through Friday, Dec. 16. The northbound bridge will be worked on from Monday, Dec. 19, through Friday, Dec. 23.

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New parking app will take hours of service into account when locating parking

The app will allow drivers to enter their remaining driving time to see where parking spaces are available within drivers' remaining on-duty hours.

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Driver turnover rates fall to lowest in 5 years

Annualized driver turnover rate a large truckload fleets fell to 81 percent in the third quarter, according to an American Trucking Associations’ report, released Dec. 8. That’s the lowest annualized turnover rate since the second quarter of 2011, ATA notes. Turnover rate at small fleets was 80 percent.

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Speed limiters will hurt truckers’ bottom line and cause more accidents, operators argue in formal comments

Upwards of 4,500 comments were received by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the last three months on the agency’s proposed rule to mandate speed limiting devices on heavy trucks, and most trucker commenters railed against the rule and its potential effects on small business truckers.

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Eyes on the prize: The market for pre-2000 trucks in light of ELD exemption

Pre-2000 model year trucks take on a new luster as a way out of the ELD mandate. Now might be the best time to beat an expected spike in prices.

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Agency lawsuit challenges carrier’s refusal to hire driver with bipolar disorder

A U.S. Air Force veteran was allegedly denied employment because of the medication he takes to control his bipolar disorder.

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