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AAA expecting record number of travelers during holiday season

AAA says it expects 93.6 million people to be on the highways for the year-end holidays, a 1.5 percent increase over last year. The year-end holiday period is defined by AAA as Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2.

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6,600 drivers will need new medical card after Georgia-based examiner’s arrest, DOT estimates

Truck drivers who received their current medical certification from Dr. Anthony Lefteris, who operated out of a Petro in Atlanta, will need to be re-examined and issued a fresh medical certification by another examiner, the Department of Transportation says.

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Another large fleet seeking exemption for pre-CDL holders

The exemption would allow pre-CDL drivers for the carrier to begin work as a truck driver before returning to their home state to receive the license. The drivers who would qualify for the exemption have passed all required tests, New Prime says.

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Trucker murdered before rig hijacked for German terror attack, carrier boss says

Britain's The Independent reports the trucking company's boss says the Scania tractor-trailer used in the attack was hijacked and that driver Lukasz Urban was shot and killed before the still-unidentified attacker drove the truck and curtainside trailer into a crowded Christmas market.

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State investigating claims that carrier closed, opened under new name to avoid paying drivers

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith announced state officials are looking into allegations a newly opened carrier is the reincarnation of a longtime trucking company that closed abruptly and told employees and vendors it could not pay them.

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Philip Kuffner presents a trio of vids to file under ‘on-highway follies’

Always "an adventure" out on the road, isn't it? Overdrive reader Philip Kuffner offered up these three vids from his dashcam as plenty evidence.

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Navistar reports loss of $97M in 2016, says feds have approved Volkswagen deal

Revenue for the fiscal year 2016 was $8.1 billion, compared to $10.1 billion in fiscal year 2015. The truck segment recorded a loss of $189 million, compared with a fiscal year 2015 loss of $141 million.

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Fuel prices hit 2016 high mark

The cheapest fuel is in the Gulf Coast region at $2.41 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic Region at $2.47 per gallon.

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Top rookie military award goes to Werner Owner-Operator

Navy veteran Troy Davidson, an owner-operator with Werner, was named Top Veteran Rookie Driver and won a brand new Kenworth T680.

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New I-65 and I-265 bridges open, tolls for trucks cost $10-$12

The East End bridge connects Utica, Ind., and Prospect, Ky., on I-265 and State Route 265. The other two bridges, the six-lane Abraham Lincoln Bridge on I-65 North and the renovated six-lane Kennedy Bridge on I-65 South in downtown Louisville, opened over the last year.

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