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Broker group’s CSA-related bill seeks to diminish CSA’s role in hiring carriers, operators

The bill, TIA says, could limit the role of FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and its use by third parties to hire or otherwise make judgments about trucking companies.

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‘Help us stay in business’: Owner-ops tell FMCSA insurance increase would shut them down

Owner-operators say they fail to see the need for an increase to the minimum amount of liability insurance required of carriers, and they’re afraid an increase would drive premium costs to a point that would force them to close shop.

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Winter storm cutting from Midwest across Southeast and beyond through Thur.

Various winter storm warnings were in effect for areas from Texas and Oklahoma east to the Appalachians and beyond; Also: More winter-trucking pics from readers around the nation.

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Day of reckoning: Health insurance/tax decisions weighed by owner-operators

As health insurance tax penalties hit many owner-operators, the prospect of paying double next year could change the decision on coverage; meanwhile, the King v. Burwell challenge to the ACA gets under way.

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C.R. England offers bonus for trainers, pay raise for company drivers

C.R. England, a Salt Lake City-based refrigerated carrier, now offers a bonus program for all company and independent contractor trainers in its Dedicated and Over the Road divisions, as well a 14.1 percent pay increase for solo company drivers in its Western Regional fleet. Each apprentice who is trained successfully and upgraded by a trainer becomes a driver in the trainer’s network. Once the successful apprentice is placed on a truck after upgrade and begins running ...

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Fleetmaster boosts driver pay

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its road drivers of more than 10 percent, as well as a pay hike for all other drivers. The company said the new pay package – along with its recent enhancements to its detention pay, holiday and vacation pay and 401(k) programs – are examples of its ongoing commitment to improving driver benefits while providing a friendly family-oriented work environment. “Our driver pay has just increased by more than ...

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CRST acquires Pegasus Transportation

CRST International Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced its acquisition of fellow privately-held trucking company Pegasus Transportation Inc. of Louisville, Ky. Terms were not made public, although CRST said it funded the purchase through existing cash reserves, allowing it to remain debt-free. The company reported annual revenues in excess of $1.5 billion. Founded in 1988, Pegasus provides regional truckload services with a focus on the high-security temperature-sensitive health sciences sector and the critical just-in-time automotive industry. ...

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R+L Carriers launches driver recognition program

R+L Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio, launched a new driver recognition campaign – "More than great drivers. Great people." – to profile their safe driving accomplishments and who they are as individuals. Selected drivers will be honored with their full-size images on the company’s trailers.

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Are All-Makes Parts Right For You?

Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, Peterbilt, Minimizer

If you’re a card-carrying member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Kenworth Truck Co. has a deal for you. The truck maker is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new sleeper trucks to OOIDA members during 2015. Eligible trucks include the T660, T800, T880, W900 and the aerodynamic T680 with a 52-inch or larger factory-installed sleeper. Also eligible are T660, T800 or W900 gliders with a 72-inch or 86-inch factory-installed sleeper. Buyers must show ...

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Navistar International sees financial gains, posts $42M loss in first quarter

Navistar International reported March 3 a $42 million net loss for the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year — big gains from the company’s $248 million loss in 2014’s first quarter and its $619 million net loss for the 2014 fiscal year.

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