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Runaway truck!

A Rocky Mountains disaster averted by quick thinking, teamwork and a little luck -- driver Don Christner's retelling of a hair-raising moment on Colorado's Loveland Pass: "no runaway truck ramps, no gaurdrails, no shoulders and no do-overs."

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Fuel prices putting a damper on rates as winter freight season settles in

Rates fell for hauls originating in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, but strong freight volume may lead to a rebound on the most popular lanes this week or next.

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DOT rule to implement new carrier rating system published, FMCSA seeking comment

FMCSA has published a proposed rule that would reform the way it rates carriers and determines their overall safety fitness to operate, and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal for 60 days.

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Love’s opens new Valley, Neb. location

Love's Travel Stops has announced the opening of a new location in Valley, Neb., along U.S. Highway 64 and U.S. Highway 275.

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Required 34-hour restart study finished, advances to next step, says FMCSA boss

A Congressionally required study of truck operators and FMCSA’s 2013-instituted 34-hour restart regulations has been completed and is now under review by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary, said Scott Darling, nominated administrator of FMCSA.

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33-foot doubles still have chance with new Congressional measure

A new Congressional amendment to an already-enacted law would extend the federal maximum tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, up for the current 28-foot minimum.

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ELD mandate: Feb. effective date, details on yard moves, personal conveyance

FMCSA establishes page where registered, approved ELDs will appear with Feb. 16 effective date. And: How personal conveyance and yard moves expected to be handled under new e-log specs.

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Large carrier announces pay increase for safe drivers

U.S. Xpress will increase the base mileage pay for OTR solo drivers who are accident, ticket and CSA violation free for 12 months, effective March 1.

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POLL: The future of rates and driver pay models?

Looking out over the next decades, what do you see for mileage, percentage, hourly (or salary) pay models for leased and/or company drivers, and what's the future of rates for independents look like? Choose up to three of these scenarios or suggest your own under this poll.

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Second take: Owner-operators stand to benefit from ‘beyond compliance’ program

“If you lose, why wouldn’t you at least try to get the best deal possible? FMCSA is being asked to think outside the box. Owner-ops and small businesses should too," says Joe Rajkovacz. "It would sure be nice to find out some ideas from truckers out there not buying into the gospel of ‘Just say no.’”

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