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Peterbilt launches set-forward front axle Model 567

Peterbilt launched a new configuration for its vocational Model 567: a set-forward front axle version suited for mixer and other weight-conscious applications. “The Model 567 SFFA lets customers maximize payloads while helping meet state and federal bridge law requirements,” said Robert Woodall, Peterbilt assistant general manager of sales and marketing. “The Model 567 is a low-weight leader, and this new configuration will let customers take full advantage of that through optimized weight distribution.” Like the set-back axle ...

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Equipment Spotlight: Aero add-ons smooth airflow, boost fuel economy

While truck body designers had started experimenting with aerodynamics before the mid-1960s, Rudkin-Wiley Corp. took strategic curves for big rigs a bit further in 1965 when it introduced its bolt-on aero device. The Air-Shield retrofit was mounted on the cab roof to help guide air over the trailer and reduce drag at highway speeds. Advertisements for the device back in the day claimed fuel savings of $200 to $1,600 annually – a substantial amount in an ...

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FMCSA shuts down owner-operator following alcohol-related violations

FMCSA announced Feb. 3 it has issued a shutdown order to South Dakota-based owner-operator Lonnie Roth following the revocation of his CDL and his continuing to operate without it.

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KeepTruckin enables GPS location

With the latest update to the KeepTruckin logbook for iPhone and Android and fleet management dashboard, fleets can view drivers’ current locations on an interactive map.

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Strong voices on parking

Conversations on the situation continue in the wake of mainstream media attention to truckers' parking needs.

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Diesel’s decline slows, but price still hits lowest in over 5 years

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 3.5 cents in the week ended Feb. 2 to $2.831. That’s the lowest the U.S. average has been since the week ended Nov. 9, 2009.

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Truckers get $2 million from carriers after court deems them misclassified as contractors

A California court has ordered San Diego-based carrier Pacer Cartage to pay seven of its drivers more than $2 million in back pay for what it deemed to be wage theft by the carrier.

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Heads up, drivers: Virginia Tech looking for 250 truck operators for FMCSA’s 34-hour restart study

The drivers must be studied for at least five months, and researchers will compare their schedules, crashes, near-crashes, crash-relevant events, operator fatigue and alertness and short-term health.

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One bull hauler’s mid-1980s test

The 1979 Kenworth W900 -- pictured above hooked to a 1976 Barrett cattle trailer -- is the truck Don Christner was running as a company driver in 1985 when the story below took place. Before that, as a 19-year-old in 1984 he took his maiden turn in the KW for Barger Grain Co. out of Wauneta, Neb., as he posted to the Reader Rigs gallery at this link recently. http://instagram.com/p/yncOajMb7g/ "I have a good handful of photos of this truck ...

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Trucking rap sheet: Carrier-led cargo theft scheme, CDL exam cheaters, driver drug tester, chameleon carriers and more

The courts have been busy of late dealing with trucking-related crimes, it seems, as the Departments of Transportation and Justice announced last week several updates several cases dealing with cargo theft, drug testing, shutdown orders and more.

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