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Ryder, Shell partnering for 15 LNG-fueled trucks

Shell will fuel 15 liquefied natural gas heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas operations for Ryder in Lafayette, La. and Houston, Texas, Ryder has announced.

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Creative uses for the Reader Rigs gallery: Poetry

Reader Richard King this week posted what might be the first bit of poetry to grace the halls of Overdrive's Reader Rigs photo gallery: Find his "Harvest Man" here.

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Volvo separating truck brands into four new units, including Volvo Trucks, Mack Trucks

Volvo Group announces it is shifting to a brand-based organization with clearer commercial accountability for the group’s various truck brands.

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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Reader: Do I need to comply with California meal and rest break rules?

Short answer: California's meal and rest break provisions are seeing some litigation after court precedent. Some employers in a defensive posture are requiring the breaks of their drivers, adding complexity on top of an already complex federal hours reg.

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What’s the total cost of ownership of a Class 8 truck over 15 years?

A new Class 8 truck off the lot of a dealership is likely going to cost between $113,000 for a day cab and $125,000 for a sleeper, but as owner-operators are well aware, that's jut the beginning of the cost of ownership. Here one report's 15-year total.

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First Peterbilt featuring MX-11 engine rolls off line

The Model 567 SFFA/Paccar MX-11 combination, destined for Knife River's Northwest mixer operations, was driven off the Texas facility's line by reps of the Bismarck, N.D.-based company.

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Study: More home time and off time boosts driver pay and mileage

A study published this week by driver recruiting and retention firm Stay Metrics reveals that truck operator mileage sees a jump when carriers allow them to take requested time off from work.

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Trucking rap sheet: Fraudulent CDL school leader goes to prison, as does HHG mover

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in two trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each:

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DOT issues five-year ban to drug tester who issued fraudulent results to trucking co.’s

A DOT drug tester has been issued a Public Interest Exclusion order that bans trucking companies from using his services for five years.

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