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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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S.C. World’s Largest Truck Convoy set for Sept. 30

The South Carolina edition of the series of "World's Largest Truck Convoys" benefiting Special Olympics is set for September 30, organizers say, anchored at the SC Farmer's Market in West Columbia.

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DOTs warn truckers about driving during eclipse, implement truck restrictions

The eclipse will be visible in every state of the contiguous U.S., but at least portions of 14 states will see a total eclipse, where the moon will fully block out the sun for nearly three minutes in the middle of the day.

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Nearly 6,000 Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks with optional spotlights recalled

Paccar is recalling approximately 5,731 trucks because the optional spotlight circuit on the affected trucks “may not be adequately protected in the event of a short,” increasing the risk of fire at the fuse block.

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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Truckers asked to name top concerns in trucking industry

ATRI gives survey respondents a list of 28 issues identified by the industry and asks for the respondent’s top three issues from the list. It also gives respondents the opportunity to include issues that are not included on the list.

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FMCSA defends informal notice, partial exclusion of media at public meetings

Discussion topics of the meetings, as publicized by FMCSA last week, include prominent trucking regulations like the electronic logging device mandate, the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and other safety regulations.

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An extra $75? BigRoad’s ELD referral program

BigRoad users (and others) can earn a $75 reward for each friend they refer to BigRoad who purchases a DashLink ELD. The friend will also earn a $25 welcome reward for becoming a new BigRoad customer.

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American Road and Transportation Builders support ELD exemption, stress 14-hour-rule issues as well

ARTBA's support for the Pipe Line Contractors' request for an ELD exemption re-stressed the largely short-haul construction operators' long support for an exemption from the hours rules entirely for transportation construction companies.

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Top Dem in Senate urges FMCSA to ‘reverse course’ on sleep apnea rule

The agency’s rule, which it formally scrapped last week, would have set in place criteria for medical examiners to use to determine which drivers should be referred for sleep apnea tests. The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, has called on FMCSA to resume the rulemaking process.

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