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FMCSA extends comment period on CSA crash accountability report

The public comment period for the DOT’s study on the feasibility and potential impact of implementing crash weighting or “crash accountability” into CSA rankings has been extended 30 days.

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Permanent hours-of-service fix, minimum driver age, highway funding top ATA agenda for 2015

In addition to a more long-term hours-of-service fix, Osiecki says ATA will promote increasing fuel taxes to boost highway funding, building a national freight plan, lowering the legal age to obtain a CDL and dealing with federal emissions standards.

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ACT offering holiday pay, free family rides, layover pay

American Central Transport company drivers now receive $100-per-day holiday pay while they are at home for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. If a company driver is driving on any of those days, he or she will receive holiday pay in addition to the mileage pay they earn. Also, ACT family members now may ride free, doing away with the former family rider pass fee. Also, company drivers for the ...

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Drivewyze available at Florida ag inspection sites

Drivewyze announced that eligible commercial carriers now can use its PreClear bypass service to bypass 22 agricultural inspection stations in Florida, in addition to 440 weigh stations and inspection sites in 33 states across the country. Drivewyze recently reached an agreement with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement to allow qualified fleets to bypass agriculture inspection sites through the mobile inspection site bypass service. Drivewyze already began offering ...

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Southeastern opens four new Sun Belt service centers

Southeastern Freight Lines expanded its services across the Sun Belt region, opening four new service centers with a total of 134 dock doors throughout Kentucky and Cincinnati. The Lexington, S.C.-based less-than-truckload company said the new Cincinnati facility and Kentucky facilities in Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green were opened in response to growing customer service need and to streamline efficiencies.

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Changing Gear: Updates from Truck-Lite, Peterbilt, Ryder

Things are starting to look even brighter at Falconer, N.Y.-based truck lighting supplier Truck-Lite Co., which recently acquired another LED lighting manufacturer, Rigid Industries, a Phoenix-based company that targets the offroad, powersport, agricultural, marine, industrial and mining markets. The acquisition positions both of the lighting providers for future growth, according to executives for both companies. In 2013, Rigid added a second facility in Gilbert, Ariz., and now employs more than 250 associates. That brings total employment ...

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Obama sends Labor Secretary to aid in ongoing labor talks at West Coast ports

U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined West Coast labor talks after port gridlock was exacerbated by another suspension of weekend vessel work.

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Diesel price rises for second straight week

The U.S. average diesel price rose for the second consecutive week for the first time since June 2014.

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Construction begins March 7 on new connector at Chicago’s Circle Interchange

A $475 million upgrade to the link between the northbound I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway and the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway westbound in Chicago gets under way March 7. Expect delays.

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What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

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