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Six states hike fuel taxes to start second half of year

Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia saw higher diesel tax rates take effect July 1.

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Traditional truck makers focus on short-haul for electric vehicles

Major truck and engine makers themselves have invested in the development of electric- and more conventional hybrid-electric-drive vehicles, but they see the most short-term promise in shorter-run applications.

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280-ton truck halted without permit in Rhode Island

According to a report from WPRI, the 16-axle truck weighing 560,000 pounds was hauling a massive generator through the state on its way to Massachusetts.

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’88 Mike’ Morgan closes gap on Ricky ‘Rude’ Proffitt in Bandit points standings

Morgan has won the last two of the series' races after Proffitt ran of a string of three consecutive wins before that. Proffitt still leads in the overall points standings approximately halfway through the 13-race season, but Morgan is closing the gap.

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Ryder launches preventive maintenance program for used trucks

Ryder System has launched a new preventive maintenance program for its pre-owned truck buyers, giving them the chance to finance or pre-pay for the service when they buy a used truck from Ryder.

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Central Freight Lines adds owner-operator team division

Teams in the new division will earn $1.15 base pay plus fuel surcharge. They can also expect dedicated lanes, terminal-to-terminal runs, two coast-to-coast options, and 5,000 miles or more per week.

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Driver turnover rates at historical low, but up in 2017’s first quarter

Flatbed haulers who serve the residential construction industry could see varied effects from trends in homebuying and apartment rentals.

The turnover rate at large fleets climbed to 74 percent on an annualized basis. Small fleet turnover was 66 percent. Both figures are well below the rate seen in last year's first quarter.

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Trucker pay reform efforts at state level could be stymied by revival of Denham Amendment

Congress is again considering legislation that would block state-level efforts to dictate driver pay reforms and hours of service restrictions. The so-called Denham Amendment, first brought to the table by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) in 2015, seeks to reassert federal authority over hours of service regulations and the industry’s standard per-mile driver pay model.

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FMCSA boosts education efforts to reduce highway fatalities

FMCSA is urging car drivers to stay out of trucks’ blind spots, make sure they can see truckers in the mirror before passing, not to cut in close in front of trucks, anticipate wide turns, avoid distractions and be patient when driving around trucks.

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Roadmaster celebrates 10-year anniversary

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company launched its Roadmaster line of truck tires 10 years ago with four tire lines and has grown to offer long haul, regional, mixed service, pickup and bus tires.

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