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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls increasing again in 2017

Drivers of Class 8, five-axle trucks traveling across the state on the Turnpike from the Ohio entrance to the New Jersey exit will see an E-ZPass increase from $231.87 to $245.78, and a cash increase from $322.90 to $342.27.

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Owner-operators for CEVA deemed contractors, not company employees

Owner-operators leased to CEVA Freight were rightly classified as independent contractors, an Oregon appeals court ruled. The carrier challenged the state's labor department's assertion that they should have been classified as company employees.

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Daimler brings industry’s first electric-powered truck

Daimler Trucks, parent company of Freightliner and Western Star, introduced Wednesday the industry's first take on an electric-powered truck, besting upstart Nikola Motor Company and electric vehicle maker Tesla, both of whom announced plans this year for a heavy-duty electric truck.

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‘Rest stop planning’ function introduced

Navigation-tech company Sygic has teamed up with electronic-logging-device and asset tracking software provider Forward Thinking Systems on a Rest Stop Planning feature intended to streamline compliance for fleets while improving driver safety.

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Love’s fuel-hauling fleet awards drivers with $3.4 million in safety bonuses

Gemini Motor Transport, which hauls fuel for Love's, recently gave out $3.4 million in bonuses to 135 of its safe drivers.

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Surprise inspection blitz puts 13.9 percent of trucks inspected out of service

The inspection blitz, part of CVSA’s Operation Airbrake program, was conducted in 31 states and Canadian provinces. A total of 6,128 commercial vehicles had their brakes checked during the unannounced event.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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Mack showcasing mDrive HD 13-speed AMT in virtual reality videos

Using virtual reality headgear, Google Cardboard or a smartphone, drivers can take a 360-degree look of the cab interior, while also seeing the truck while it’s operating in quarries and on the highway.

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Fiery two-truck crash on I-55 near Chicago halts highway traffic

An accident involving two tractor-traoilers and multiple cars on I-55 in Chicago near Cicero resulted in one fatality, according to local reports, and halted traffic on both sides of the Interstate for hours.

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Cummins brings two new, rebranded 15-liter engines to market

Heavy-duty diesel engine maker Cummins this weekend introduced two new 15-liter engine offerings that will come to market late this year. The 2017 Cummins X15 engines offer two new configurations: The fuel-economy focused X15 Efficiency spec for long-haul applications and the X15 Performance spec for heavy-haul and other more demanding applications.

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