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TA to open first Bob Evans restaurant at Ohio location

The restaurant, which seats 116 customers, will be the chain's first to open at a TA. There will be a full menu, along with a bakery case with pre-packaged food to go.

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Less than two weeks to enter Overdrive singing contest

The Trucker Talent Search is back for its fourth year and is looking for truckers who love to sing.

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Volvo introduces new tractor aimed at regional market

Volvo Trucks on Thursday in Montreal rolled out the company’s first new production model tractor since the VN Series debuted 15 years ago. The VNR will be available in three models: daycab, 42-inch flat roof sleeper and 61-inch mid-roof sleeper.

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International launches new regional tractor

International Trucks debuted Thursday a new tractor aimed at the regional haul market. The RH Series, which made its debut at ExpoCam in Montreal, will be the first to get International’s new 12.4 liter A26 engine as standard.

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Bill would expand California lemon law to cover commercial trucks

SB 713 would modify the current California lemon law to newly apply to trucks heavier than 10,000 lbs. and under the operation of a business, without size exclusions, up to 18 months from the date of delivery or 100,000 miles of operation, whichever comes first.

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Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

It’s typical for spot volumes to drop in the week before Easter, since that week tends to wrap up early on Good Friday. Good news is that the drop-off was slight compared to previous years.

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CargoNet: First quarter cargo thefts totaled $28.7M in losses

Of the 192 cargo thefts recorded in the quarter, 51 of them were in California, leading all states. Behind California was Ontario, Canada, displacing Texas from the No. 2 spot it normally holds.

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Analyst: Swift-Knight merger will have little effect on driver force, operations

The merger of two of the continent's largest and most prominent trucking companies, Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation, won't impact the jobs of the nearly 30,000 combined drivers employed by the two companies, a transportation financial analyst told Overdrive last week.

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Texas to require intrastate drivers to use ELDs by 2019, other states to follow

Texas has updated its hours of service code to require intrastate truckers to use electronic logging devices to record duty status. Truck operators in the state must begin using the devices by Dec. 19, 2019. Though Texas appears to be the first state to issue an ELD requirement for intrastate truckers, other states will likely soon follow.

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Bay & Bay Transportation raises owner-operator pay

In addition to increased mileage pay, the fleet offers paid fuel surcharges on loaded miles, 100 percent reimbursement on authorized tolls, in-cab scanners, quarterly safety bonuses and discounts on fuel. Accessorial pay includes detention, layover and extra stop pay.

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