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Mesilla Valley installs solar panels on trucks to boost fuel economy, battery life

Mesilla Valley Transportation has purchased 1,000 eNow solar energy systems for its tractors. The system uses solar panels installed on tractors to boost fuel economy and battery life and power auxiliary power units.

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17 migrants found in back of trailer at Flying J in Texas

Police arrested two Cuban nationals who were responsible for the truck after finding 14 men and three women locked inside a trailer at a Flying J truck stop in Edinburg, Texas.

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2017 owner-operator income: Flatbedding hot, reefer hauling chilly

Checking in on owner-operator income through the first half of the year: Flat to down for most segments, with flatbed gaining momentum and reefer haulers losing ground. Here are the numbers for 2017's first half.

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Nevada DOT to open first southbound lanes of new I-11 Tuesday

The new interstate is currently planned to run from Nogales, Ariz., to Reno, Nev., along the current routes of I-19, I-10, U.S. 93 and U.S. 95.

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More than 125 vintage Mack trucks up for auction Aug. 19

More than 125 vintage Mack trucks, along with parts and memorabilia, will be on the auction block Aug. 19 in Henniker, New Hampshire.

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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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FMCSA holds listening sessions on CSA, ELDs with no notice to trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.

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Tesla’s electric big rig will also be autonomous, reports indicate

Reports indicate Tesla's electric big rig, slated for reveal in September, will autonomous capabilities. The company is said to have met with California officials this week to discuss testing its autonomous electric trucks on the state's roadways.

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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