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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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Military vets training at U.S. Xpress can now use GI Bill to supplement salary

The company says veterans joining the program to become truck drivers can earn up to $82,000 in their first year with U.S. Xpress when combining their salary with the VA benefits.

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I-276 bridge connecting N.J., Pa. turnpikes closed at least until April

The bridge was closed Jan. 20 after a complete fracture was found in a steel I-beam on the Pennsylvania side of the bridge below the driving surface in the westbound right lane. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) says the fracture makes the bridge unsafe to drive on.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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Mack introduces new diesel engine oil, extends drain intervals

Introduced as the factory oil in Mack's 2017 engines, the company's EOS-4.5 engine oil also extends intervals for all 2011 and newer Mack engines.

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FMCSA will leverage driver training data to gauge behind-the-wheel minimum, CVTA says

Recent hurdles aside, including calls from various groups for FMCSA to issue a supplemental rule to add a time-based behind-the-wheel requirement, the rule likely will remain as-is through its 2020 implementation date, says Don Lefeve, head of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

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ELDs’ early adopters face productivity, operational challenges

Examining the operational impacts of fully engine-connected electronic logging devices both positive and negative -- adopted by these independents and leased small fleets/operators, well ahead of the ELD mandate.

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Bendix ESP standard on Kenworth T680, T880 tractors

Kenworth announced that the Bendix Electronic Stability Program is now standard on its new T680 and T880 tractors. The ESP system is designed to help stabilize the vehicle during loss-of-control situations on dry, wet and snow- and ice-covered highways. Customers will receive the Bendix 4S/4M configuration, which has four sensors and four modulators and includes Bendix Smart ATC Automatic Traction Control and Bendix ESP.

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Ali Cetin presents ‘Why I have a dash camera’

Toronto, Ontario-based local trucker Ali Cetin compiled this collection of evidence of just why the operator runs with a dashcam in all his company's trucks.

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