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Fleetmaster boosts driver pay

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its road drivers of more than 10 percent, as well as a pay hike for all other drivers. The company said the new pay package – along with its recent enhancements to its detention pay, holiday and vacation pay and 401(k) programs – are examples of its ongoing commitment to improving driver benefits while providing a friendly family-oriented work environment. “Our driver pay has just increased by more than ...

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CRST acquires Pegasus Transportation

CRST International Inc. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, announced its acquisition of fellow privately-held trucking company Pegasus Transportation Inc. of Louisville, Ky. Terms were not made public, although CRST said it funded the purchase through existing cash reserves, allowing it to remain debt-free. The company reported annual revenues in excess of $1.5 billion. Founded in 1988, Pegasus provides regional truckload services with a focus on the high-security temperature-sensitive health sciences sector and the critical just-in-time automotive industry. ...

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R+L Carriers launches driver recognition program

R+L Carriers of Wilmington, Ohio, launched a new driver recognition campaign – "More than great drivers. Great people." – to profile their safe driving accomplishments and who they are as individuals. Selected drivers will be honored with their full-size images on the company’s trailers.

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Changing Gear: Updates from Kenworth, Peterbilt, Minimizer

If you’re a card-carrying member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Kenworth Truck Co. has a deal for you. The truck maker is offering a $1,000 rebate on qualifying purchases of new sleeper trucks to OOIDA members during 2015. Eligible trucks include the T660, T800, T880, W900 and the aerodynamic T680 with a 52-inch or larger factory-installed sleeper. Also eligible are T660, T800 or W900 gliders with a 72-inch or 86-inch factory-installed sleeper. Buyers must show ...

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Navistar International sees financial gains, posts $42M loss in first quarter

Navistar International reported March 3 a $42 million net loss for the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year — big gains from the company’s $248 million loss in 2014’s first quarter and its $619 million net loss for the 2014 fiscal year.

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Audio mailbag: Minimum interstate age should be 18, insurance barriers to new owner-operators

Podcast round-up of some reader voices on minimum interstate driving age, insurance challenges for young owner-operators, hours, parking and more.

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Fuel-tax hike indexed to inflation the wrong idea to fund roads

Vermont-based Michael Dudley throws a tomato at the notion that a tax hike is necessary to properly fund highways: "Stop allowing our government to waste our money!"

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FMCSA alters course on e-log mandate, moves up projected publication date

FMCSA announced it has reversed a projected delay in the rule, moving up the expected publication date for a Final Rule mandating electronic logs by about six weeks.

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2017 ISX15 Features Single Module Aftertreatment

Trucker Path app giving away $5k in prizes

Trucker Path, a smartphone app launched last year that provides truck drivers location-based services such as mapping and nearby truck stops, weigh stations and rest areas, announced this week it is giving away $5,000 in prizes, including an iPad.

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Spot market rates: Downswing continues due to fuel prices, capacity, weather

Per-mile rates on the spot market continued their months-long tumble in February, with all three segments — flatbed, dry van and reefer — seeing noticeable declines.

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