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Rhode Island truckers demand access to documents in trucks-only toll plan

The Rhode Island Trucking Association has made a public records request on a truck-only toll plan to fund repair of the island’s deteriorated infrastructure.

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EPA fuel economy standards: Major trucking groups, truck manufacturers question rule’s stipulations, support its goals

Some say the proposed rules are too aggressive and will be difficult to meet with the given timeline. Others say the market will drive the industry to meeting these proposed regulations during a similar timeline if it saves truck drivers and trucking companies money as the EPA says it will.

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Reefer spot-market-volume surge follows Thanksgiving holiday week

Reefer demand improved substantially with the load availability boost last week, DAT says. The national load-to-truck ratio rose 33 percent, to 5.7 loads per truck.

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DOT floats plan to require truck passengers to wear seatbelts

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to require passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles to use seat belts on public roads.

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Trucking rap sheet: New York CDL testing scheme update, drug tester debarred

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in four trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each:

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Wreaths Across America convoy en route to Arlington National Cemetery

The annual Wreaths Across America convoy escort from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., began Sunday, Dec. 6 and will conclude Saturday, Dec. 12.

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Van, reefer, flatbed rates dove again in November (charts)

This is the fourth straight month that rates dipped in all three segments, continuing a now year-long downward trend spurred by both a major drop in diesel prices and market conditions.

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‘Coercion’ definition, stiffer penalties key changes in FMCSA’s coercion rule work

The exact definition FMCSA is using to define driver coercion and what led it to the definition and to the higher fines associated with such violations.

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Future I-11 route through Nevada designated in highway bill, in part to follow U.S. 95

The 5-year, $305 billion bill designates the route to follow U.S. Highway 95 before connecting with I-80 in Northern Nevada.

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POLL: Should the U.S. restrict gun purchases to combat ‘soft-target’ terrorism?

UPDATED to fix poll module -- if you voted before Tuesday noon CST, please re-vote: In the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., killings, President Obama offered some new gun-control measures as a part of the solution to problem of soft-target terror. Should such measures fit into broader strategy or not?

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