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Loose capacity a ‘speed limiter’ on rising rates in van freight

The national average van rate held tight at $1.68 per mile last week. Still, rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes in what’s been a slow and steady trend.

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Arkansas adopts human trafficking prevention course requirement for CDL holders

Legislation was passed this month to require drivers wanting to obtain or renew a Class A CDL to take a course administered by either the Arkansas State Police, a state police-approved third party or through the online course offered by Truckers Against Trafficking.

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Tips for cargo securement offered by CVSA ahead of Roadcheck inspection blitz

Violations related to load securement include failure to prevent shifting and/or loss of load; failure to secure truck equipment; damaged tie-downs; insufficient tie-downs; and loose tie-downs.

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Court OK’s New York’s $44M payout to out-of-state truckers

According to the court's ruling, the distribution of the settlement money to class action members will begin within 120 days.

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Hours reform, importance of manned vehicles highlight FMCSA session on autonomous trucks

With several companies jockeying to bring autonomous trucks to market, industry stakeholders this week stressed to a panel of top officers from FMCSA the importance of manned control for tractor-trailers, at least for the foreseeable future. Commenters also noted the potential for hours of service reform.

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Trucker shot, killed while driving on I-88 in Illinois

According to a report from ABC-7, another vehicle traveling eastbound on the interstate fired a gun into the Volvo driven by Eduardo Munoz, 43, of Sunrise, Fla. Munoz was able to pull the truck over to the shoulder of the Interstate after he was struck.

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Brake Safety Week intensifies this year to a single-day blitz

Save the date: Sept. 7 is Brake Safety Day this year. The International Roadcheck enforcement blitz is on its way in just more than a month, June 6-8. And later in the year, the activities around Operation Safe Driver Oct. 15-21 will target unsafe behaviors, including those of automobile drivers navigating around commercial vehicles.

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Charles Endorf wins CVSA driver award, challenges drivers to embody the professional image they want

While advisory committees can "draw up all these plans and promote safety" it's the driver who's first and foremost in the public eye. "Regardless of what you all do, it means nothing if the driver doesn’t deliver the goods. I challenge all drivers, let’s get our act together." --CVSA 2017 driver-award winner Charles Endorf

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FMCSA holding autonomous trucks meeting next week

During the meeting, FMCSA is looking for information relating to the design, development, testing and deployment of "highly autonomous" vehicles, specifically dealing with CDLs, qualification of drivers, the use of electronic devices, hours-of-service for drivers and inspection, repair and maintenance of the trucks.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, OOIDA still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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