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POLL: Will rates move in a positive or negative direction as a result of the ELD mandate?

What's your view of the likelihood of a rates impact as a result of the ELD mandate -- commentators have been on either side of the issue in recent time, some believing rates will rise, others doubting the projection.

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Western Star donates 5700XE tractor to OOIDA for ‘Spirit of American Trucker’ tour

Western Star presented the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) with a new Western Star 5700XE Thursday at the truck maker’s 50th anniversary event in Phoenix. The tractor, the third such truck donated by Western Star to the OOIDA, will be used with OOIDA’s “Spirit of the American Trucker” tour trailer.

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Flooding in Oklahoma prompts state to waive certain regs for relief load haulers

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in her state following severe thunderstorms. The order suspends the requirements for size and weights permits of oversized vehicles that are transporting materials and supplies used for storm relief. The waiver lasts 30 days.

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Just a few days left to enter Overdrive singing contest

The Trucker Talent Search is back for its fourth year, and the contest winner receives a free studio recording session.

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Trucking rap sheet: Trucking company charged for illegal radioactive material transport, CDL scheme update

One of Puerto Rico's largest trucking companies has been charged with illegally transporting radioactive materials, a man pleaded guilty to a CDL testing scheme, and another man pleaded guilty to illegally transporting fireworks.

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Love’s adds new stores in Georgia, Ohio

The new stores – in Macon, Ga., and Upper Sandusky, Ohio – add more than 170 combined truck parking spaces to the Love's network.

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Drivewyze road-safety alerts come to Penn. turnpike

Weigh-station bypass service Drivewyze is rolling out a rollover-zone and other safety-notifications feature to its PreClear product later this year after a pilot test. Pennsylvania Turnpike is the latest jurisdiction/route to participate to enable safety alerts along routes.

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Regs reform bills in Senate, House aim at accountability to the public good

If passed, the bill would require regulators to open comments on potential rulemakings before they are proposed, require agencies to use the most cost-effective version of proposals, establish an automatic rule review process and more.

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Two-truck Alabama fleet shut down following fatal crash, violations

Jeffery Finklea of Beatrice, Ala., was ordered to shut down his two-truck operation on April 24. FMCSA says a truck operated by J&L crossed the center line of Alabama Highway 13 on March 28 and collided head-on with a passenger car, killing both of its occupants.

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Michigan to begin increasing speed limits on 1,500 miles of highway

The Michigan DOT, along with Michigan State Police, found 900 miles of non-freeway state highways to increase the speed limit for trucks to 55 miles per hour, and 600 miles of interstate highways to 65 miles per hour for trucks.

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