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Senate DOT bill, unlike House, skips changes to ELD mandate, driver breaks

The Senate’s 2018 fiscal year DOT appropriations does not include any changes to the coming electronic logging device mandate, nor does it include the so-called Denham Amendment, which intends to block states from enacting rest break laws for truck drivers. The House version of the bill does include such reforms.

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New online portal gives Freightliner, Western Star owners more access to engine data

Subscribers can use the portal to drill down on specific fault events and access full diagnostic information and real-time fault notifications generated by Daimler's Virtual Technician and more.

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FMCSA makes strides in targeting highest-risk carriers, report concludes, but challenges remain

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken steps to hone in on high-risk carriers -- and intervene more quickly for investigations -- the agency must continue to improve its intervention tactics, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

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FMCSA: Pre-2000 ELD exemption applies to engine model year, not chassis

Owner-operators with trucks equipped with model year 1999 engines and older will not be not subject to the electronic logging device mandate, regardless of the model year of the truck, according to fresh guidance from FMCSA.

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Van freight volume, rates ease off recent hot streak

Coming off of two-year highs just two weeks ago, van rates and volume dipped slightly in the most recent week. Reefer saw similar declines.

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Cargo theft, tractor-trailer theft down in second quarter

The firm reports 110 tractors and 109 trailers were stolen during the quarter in the U.S. and Canada. When compared to 2016's second quarter, tractor theft was down 17 percent and trailer theft was down 29 percent.

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ELD delay faces big hurdles, even with added co-sponsors

Despite a bill being introduced this month to delay the ELD mandate, Congress appears reluctant to tackle the issue. ATA is also adamant there's little support for the measure among lawmakers.

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Trucker pleads guilty to scamming former employer out of $900K

Miguel Vidal and his brothers may face up to 20 years in prison each, along with fines. Sentencing is set for Nov. 17.

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Owner-operators can dispute certain crash rulings in CSA beginning next week

Crashes deemed to be non-preventable during the pilot program will still appear in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Safety Measurement System, but will have a note stating FMCSA reviewed the crash and determined it was non-preventable. 

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Electric truck maker Nikola announces tractor updates, teases launch party

Nikola Motor Co. on Sunday provided a few updates on the Nikola One tractor the company expects to road test next year.

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