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FMCSA shuts down trucker following two alcohol-related arrests in four-day period

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration effectively shut down Eric Ronald Scott after he was arrested twice in a four-day period for alcohol-related incidents.

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DOT report on fatal 2016 Tesla crash with tractor-trailer blames limitations of Autopilot mode

NHTSA concluded the car’s operator, who died in the collision, was leaning too heavily on the car’s driver assist systems, which failed to brake when a tractor-trailer crossed the road in front of the car.

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Florida governor proposes free CDLs for military veterans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott included a proposal in his budget that would cut fees for military veterans receiving their CDLs.

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Lightweight Meritor steer axle now standard on Class 8 Kenworths

The axle is available in standard and wide track configurations with a gross axle weight rating of 12,000 and 13,200 pounds, respectively.

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Commercial tire prices set to increase in 2017

Tire manufacturers Yokohama, Bridgestone and Michelin have announced they will be increasing tire prices by 7-8 percent in 2017.

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New Comdata, KeepTruckin partnership

KeepTruckin's smartphone/tablet-based ELD is now available via Comdata's small-trucking-business-focused MyFleet Program.

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POLL: Does the Entry Level Driver Training rule need a behind-the-wheel minimum?

FMCSA's removal of the behind-the-wheel minimum number of hours in their proposed pre-CDL training rule has caused a stir among drivers, training organizations and others. What's your view on the rule and whether that minimum (or another) should be included?

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Trump’s halt on regulations the ‘death knell’ for truck speed limiter rule

Trump's regulatory reluctance -- and a recent memo to federal agencies ordering them to halt new regulations -- could be the end of the U.S. DOT's quest to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

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Reefer rates surged in January, van’s months-long rally ends

Reefer and flatbed rates climbed in the first month of 2017, according to monthly per-mile spot market rate data from Truckstop.com. Van rates, meanwhile, fell 3 cents a mile in the month, ending the segment’s four-month rally.

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Trucking’s cargo theft losses totaled $173 million in 2016, report says

Cargo theft recording firm CargoNet logged 836 cargo theft incidents in 2016 worth an estimated $172.9 million, the firm reported in its annual cargo theft trend analysis.

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