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Committee recommends doc questionnaire on prescription pain meds

Industry representatives worried that the questionnaire would put yet another stumbling block in the driver medical certification process; doctors argued it would help document their determination of whether a driver is fit to receive a medical card.

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Cross-border haulers can now streamline Mexico border crossings

A recent agreement between the U.S. and Mexico will allow carriers who carry freight to and from Mexico to become certified and therefore undergo fewer cargo exams and enjoy faster validation when crossing the border.

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FMCSA: Hearing-impaired drivers who can’t speak OK to hold CDL

Truckers who are hearing impaired and can communicate English -- but don’t speak it -- are not barred from having a CDL, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said this month.

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Photo gallery: Peterbilt’s 579 EPIQ, new driver coaching system, a few antique Petes

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts visited Peterbilt headquarters in Denton, Texas, last week to test drive the truck maker's new 579 EPIQ. The model he drove was paired with a highly aerodynamic trailer and Peterbilt's new virtual driver coaching system. While there, Roberts also got to check out some antique Peterbilts on display. Here's a photo gallery from his test drive and his visit to Pete HQ:

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FMCSA planning to launch split-sleeper flexibility study

The common refrain that the hours rules need to better encourage drivers to "drive when rested and sleep when tired" to be tested by the FMCSA.

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Driver helps two young children survive horrific crash

David Ragland has been named the latest Truckload Carriers Association’s Highway Angel for his role in helping two young children survive a bad car crash.

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CARB: Enforcement coming on rule to require use of certain tires, aero devices

California’s Air Resources Board issued regulatory guidance this week saying the state is cleared to enforce elements of its emissions regulations that require truck and trailer owners to install aerodynamic add-on devices and use certain tires.

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Overdrive looking for 2014’s top owner-operator

Overdrive has begun its annual search for top owner-operator in its Owner-Operator of the Year contest and is taking nominations through the end of October.

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Mack announces incentives for OOIDA members

Mack is offering special incentives to members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association who buy a Mack truck from participating dealers between Oct.22 and Dec. 31, the truck and engine maker announced Oct. 23.

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NTSB says FMCSA oversight, hands-free phone usage to blame for violent 2013 crash (with video)

FMCSA should restrict the hands-free use of portable electronics and lapsed in its oversight of a problematic carrier, according to a recent report by NTSB, who says both factors contributed to a May 2013 truck/train crash that caused a train derailment that led to an explosion.

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