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December shaping up to be best rate month of 2016 for dry vans

Van rates declined in 68 of the top 100 lanes last week, but December is still shaping up to be the peak month for van rates on average in 2016.

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History made on ‘Hollywood hill’: The day five famous trucks from 1970s trucking movies, TV shows all got together

Robb Mariani's firsthand account/short doc film of the event, bringing together trucks from movies "Duel," "Convoy", and "Smokey & the Bandit" with Paul and Craig Sagehorn's "Movin' On" and "B.J. & the Bear" TV rigs -- among hundreds of vintage trucks last September at Brad Wike's Southern Classic Truck Show.

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Used truck prices down more than 20% in 2016

Depreciation of used commercial trucks has accelerated in the second half of 2016 according to J.D. Power and Associates. Since January, 3-to 5-year-old sleepers have lost about $14,500 (21 percent) of their retail value, which J.D. Power says translates to just over 2 percent depreciation per month.

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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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