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READER: Mixed feelings on driver training standards

"There probably should be some minimum standards. But as long as the government is setting them, I am not sure there will be meaningful rules that make sense." --Michael Goodman

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Accelerated ‘negotiated rulemaking’ on pre-CDL driver training gets under way in Washington

The 26-member Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee began proceedings Thursday, Feb. 26 with its first meeting in Arlington, Va., taking on the task to negotiate the terms of a proposed rulemaking for pre-CDL entry-level driver training requirements.

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Knight of the Road: Driver rescues family in 14-degree weather

Robert Sutton braved icy, 14-degree temperatures last year to help save a family of four after they crashed on I-84. For his actions, he was named a Knight of the Road by Overdrive. Here's his story.

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Comment period closes tonight for FMCSA’s work to increase carrier insurance minimums

The public comment deadline on a rule that could increase the amount of liability insurance required to be held by carriers ends Feb. 26, and carriers and other industry stakeholders have until midnight 11:59 p.m. Thursday to submit their input.

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Extended Kenworth warranties available

A 3-year/300,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty is available for U.S. customers who purchase new Kenworth Class 8 factory trucks financed through Paccar Financial. Also, a 2-year/200,000-mile basic vehicle extended warranty is available for new Class 5-7 factory trucks financed through Paccar Financial. The Class 5-7 offer is available on qualifying financed no later than Dec. 31, and the Class 8 offer is available on trucks ordered through Dec. 31 and financed no later than March 31, ...

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Webasto’s SmarTemp control available on Cascadias

Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America announced that Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution trucks can be spec’d equipped with Webasto’s digital SmarTemp Control, designed to work exclusively with the company’s Air Top 2000 ST bunk air heater. Starting March 2, customers can order the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution with Webasto’s Air Top 2000 ST and SmarTemp Control by using Data Book Option Code 689-093.

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Mac to feature truckers’ health program at MATS

Mac Trailer announced it will help sponsor the Walk A Mile America Foundation’s new program, Truck Drivers Health.org. Barry Pawelek, the foundation’s founder, will discuss his experiences as a retired truck driver at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 26-28 in Louisville, Ky. The Walk A Mile America Foundation develops health programs through experience, and Pawelek’s story is intended to help drivers understand why they shouldn’t neglect their own health while on the road. Visit the Truck Drivers ...

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Dayton Freight Lines recognized by Navistar

Dayton Freight Lines announced its selection as a recipient of Navistar’s Diamond Supplier Award. The Dayton, Ohio-based regional less-than-truckload company was one of 26 top-performing suppliers recognized by Navistar out of more than 1,200 worldwide suppliers. The Diamond group exceeded the company’s performance expectations for quality, delivery, technology and cost. This is the fourth time that Dayton Freight has received the award. “Our products are only as good as the parts we use to build them,” ...

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Changing Gear: News from PressureGuard, Road Choice, Silver Eagle

It’s no fun having a flat tire, but one company is making it easier to find ways to avoid them. PressureGuard Tire Inflation Systems recently launched its revamped website at www.pressureguard.com with user-friendly navigation designed to provide quicker and more intuitive access. The company says the website now is optimized for smartphones to help build the visibility of the PressureGuard system and its benefits. Optimized navigation and functionality are intended to enhance the browsing experience and ...

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Faster e-log implementation, hair drug tests, speed limiters highlight Trucking Alliance’s 2015 action items

The Trucking Alliance said it plans to push for quicker implementation of an electronic logging device mandate, an increase to the minimum amount of liability insurance that trucking companies must hold and a speed limiter mandate, among other items.

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