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Capitol Christmas Tree delivered to D.C. after trucking-sponsored 2,700-mile trip

The special Kenworth T880 carrying this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ended its trek Tuesday when the 75-foot white spruce cut down in Minnesota last month ended its 2,700-mile trip to D.C.

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VIDEO: Driver’s ‘turn to give’ in Wreaths Across America

Vince Strupp is joining dozens of other drivers to deliver wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery through the Wreaths Across America program.

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Equipment Spotlight: LEDs make work brighter

Most light manufacturers would agree that LEDs offer several distinct advantages for truckers. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors in the light spectrum, enhancing visibility. And although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is much greater due to longer lifespan. They also remain almost as bright at the end of their service lives as at the beginning while drawing less energy, leaving more amperage available to recharge batteries or run auxiliary systems. Ecco’s ...

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FedEx drivers reject Teamsters affiliation in latest vote

FedEx Freight says drivers at its Louisville, Ky., hub voted last week against joining the Teamsters union. The Louisville vote was the latest chapter in the Teamsters’ recent run at the parcel carrier giant.

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Driver sleep apnea screening: FMCSA to issue clarification to medical examiners

Medical examiners in FMCSA’s registry will soon be receiving a bulletin from the agency to clarify current federal rules — or lack thereof — regarding screening and testing drivers for sleep apnea.

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SafeConnect to power reefer units at new GSF center

Golden State Foods opened last month a distribution center that will serve about 450 McDonald’s in the Chicago area. In an initiative to make the facility more energy efficient, the facility equipped the center with SafeConnect electric standby connection systems to power the fleet’s refrigeration units. SafeConnect is a plug-in docking stations that is compatible with straight trucks and trailers. It also has a failsafe self-disconnect system that prevents drive-offs from causing contact with high-voltage electricity.

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Rates update: Van, reefer see big gains in November, flatbed falls

Per-mile spot market rates in reefer and dry van segments saw big jumps in November, keeping in line with seasonal trends, while flatbed rates fell a few cents in the month.

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Major carrier wants exemption from driver training rules requiring front-seat CDL holder

Reefer giant C.R. England wants FMCSA to exempt it from the rule requiring commercial learner’s permit holders to be accompanied in the front seat by CDL holders after passing skills test/before receiving CDL.

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Widow gives birth to daughter of trucker whose death spurred ‘right to carry’ petition

Another reminder of grave news from June — the daughter of late truck driver Michael Boeglin was born late last week. Boeglin's death spurred a petition for a "right to carry" law to allow truckers to carry guns to protect themselves and their loads.

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U.S. diesel price falls again, hits multi-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 2.3 cents in the week ended Dec. 1 to $3.605. That’s the lowest national average since February 2011.

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