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Texas rep Babin requests ELD delay directly from Trump, grassroots group launches letter-writing campaign

The Texas representative who has been the principal sponsor of the H.R. 3282 ELD Extension Act of 2017 two-year ELD mandate delay has written a letter requesting President Trump issue an executive order to delay the December 18 mandate enforcement deadline at least until April Fool's Day next year.

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New fleet conglomerate Knight-Swift sees slim earnings in third quarter due to merger costs

Dave Jackson, president and CEO of the new company, said the decline was due to $12.3 million in expenditures related to “legal and professional fees related to the merger with Swift.” In sum, the company reported more than half a billion in revenue in the third quarter.

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I-20/59 in Birmingham to close overnight Friday

The Alabama Department of Transportation, weather permitting, plans to close all northbound lanes west of the I-20/59 interchange.

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PFJ donates $125k to company helping military vets start businesses

Bunker Labs has helped veterans launch more than 360 companies since 2014, creating more than 1,700 new jobs. Of the $125,000 donated by PFJ, $25,000 will be applied directly to expanding the Bunker Labs chapter in Tennessee.

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Trump FMCSA nom Martinez approved by committee, confirmation heads to full Senate

Martinez testified in a confirmation hearing last week before the Senate committee, telling the Senate panel he intends to uphold the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance with the ELD mandate and to institute data-driven reforms to the CSA program.

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Holiday freight is moving as L.A., Chicago top van markets in latest spot update; reefer strengthening too

Since Hurricane Irma, van freight rate gains have been more or less sustained, and "to put this in perspective, we haven't seen van rates this high for a protracted time ... since the Polar Vortex/Snowpocalypse of 2014," DAT's Ken Harper says.

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PFJ opens new location in New Mexico

The new location will offer truckers five diesel lanes with high-speed pumps, PJ Fresh and fast casual food offerings, Western Union, three showers and 29 truck parking spaces.

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Colin Young presents ‘Basalt drive’ hall of shame

This collection of video clips from the dashcam of trucker Colin Young was assembled from several during "a load from Denver to Basalt, Colo., on the Friday before Father's Day" this year, Young says, via Loveland Pass. "After 20-plus years of driving it still surprises me how many people continue to take the risks they take around big trucks."

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Cargo theft incidents increase in third quarter, values fall

During 2017’s third quarter, the cargo theft recording firm saw a total of 160 cargo thefts with an average loss value per theft of $117,137. Even though the number of thefts were up quarter-over-quarter, the value of thefts was down 17 percent.

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Driver pay hikes on the horizon, analyst says

Of note from a conference call with pay analyst Gordon Klemp, driver wages are in effect just half of what they were in 1979, before deregulation.

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