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Universal providing TransFlo ELDs to its owner-operators at no cost

Universal Logistics, one of the country's largest carriers and operator of Universal Truckload, Universal Dedicated and Universal Intermodal, will provide electronic logging devices to its 3,500 owner-operators free of charge, the company announced Tuesday. 

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Trucker charged after 10 found dead in human smuggling operation in Texas

Though the incident appears to be an attempt to smuggle migrants into the U.S., local police have said it is being considered a human trafficking crime. Nearly 40 people were found in the trailer in San Antonio on Saturday.

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C.H. Robinson makes One20 F-ELD available to owner-operators at discounted price

A new agreement between trucker-focused mobile app company One20 and third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson will allow carriers with fewer than 10 trucks contracted to C.H. Robinson to receive One20’s F-ELD device at a discounted price.

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Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate

The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls set to increase again in 2018

The increase will see the most common toll for a Class 8 truck increase from $23.60 to $25.01 for E-ZPass and from $33.10 to $35.08 for cash.

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Roady’s Truck Stops introduces Mitchell 1 TruckSeries at member locations

Roady's Truck Stops is partnering with Mitchell 1 to offer TruckSeries, its all-makes truck repair information software, at all Roady's member repair shops and service stations. Roady's, which has more than 300 independent member locations, is implementing the software to grow the repair and service part of its business. TruckSeries offers information for each stage of the repair process, allowing Roady's to better diagnose, estimate labor times and repair all medium and heavy trucks.

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GATS parking offers truck maintenance, showers, pet grooming, more

Some new features for the truck parking area this year include truck service and repairs from TA-Petro, pet grooming sponsored by All Claws and Paws, a pet parade and an auction to benefit truckersfinalmile.org.

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Trucking rap sheet: Fleet owner pleads guilty to tax evasion, another CDL testing scheme

A New Jersey trucking company owner pleaded guilty to tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud, while a Georgia-based DOT drug and alcohol screener pleaded guilty to falsifying medical exams and certifications and more.

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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