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Small fleet saves time and hassles with ELDs

The biggest ELD hurdle for nine-truck JJ&T Trucking, says Jake Taylor, company co-owner with his wife, Christy, was less operational than technical.

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Highway updates: Northeastern winter storm closes roadways, brief I-10 closure coming in AZ

Travel has been slowed in the Northeast because of a winter storm in the area, but so far, there have been no major highway closures as a result.

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As N.J. adds 3rd party CDL testing, national efforts loom on CDL skills test delays

Delays in CDL skills tests are a prominent lobbying agenda item for the Commercial Vehicle Trainers Association, who says CDL applicants sometimes must wait two to three months after their training to receive a skills test by their state.

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Idaho adds weigh-in-motion system at I-15 weigh station

The new systems will allow trucks that meet size and weight requirements to bypass the scale. The Idaho Transportation Department estimates approximately 50-60 percent of trucks that pass through the area will get a bypass signal.

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Former small fleet owner gets prison time in ‘chameleon carrier’ case

Volodymyr Kurylo, former owner of Pennsylvania-based VN Trucking and AV Trinity, was sentenced to 10 months in prison and 36 months supervised release and was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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Military vets training at U.S. Xpress can now use GI Bill to supplement salary

The company says veterans joining the program to become truck drivers can earn up to $82,000 in their first year with U.S. Xpress when combining their salary with the VA benefits.

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I-276 bridge connecting N.J., Pa. turnpikes closed at least until April

The bridge was closed Jan. 20 after a complete fracture was found in a steel I-beam on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge below the driving surface in the westbound right lane. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) says the fracture makes the bridge unsafe to drive on.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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