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2015 income: Owner-ops break $60K for first time, adding miles as slow-freight pressures mount

For the first in the 13 years ATBS has been tracking income data, owner-operator clients broke $60,000 in net income in 2015. The 2015 $61,167 income figure is computed as an average among all segments.

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CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection spree to focus on tire safety

Inspectors will be measuring tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tires to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls.

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Market will likely require owner-operators to adhere to new food safety standards despite exemption

Most, if not all, owner-operators will be exempt from the FDA's new sanitation rules for food haulers, but shippers and brokers likely won't hire carriers who aren't in compliance with the new rule.

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Blue DEF parent company purchases DEF company Victory Blue

The purchase includes seven production facilities throughout the U.S., and makes Old World the largest DEF marketer in North America, the company says.

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Volvo sells 100,000th I-Shift-equipped truck in North America

Volvo introduced the I-Shift in North America in 2007, becoming the first truck manufacturer to bring an integrated AMT to the market. The I-Shift became standard on all Volvo-powered models in 2013.

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Safety Fitness rule not a violation of FAST Act, FMCSA says in media briefing touting rule’s benefits

Joe DeLorenzo, head of enforcement and compliance for FMCSA, spoke briefly in a conference call with trucking industry media Thursday, April 7, touting both the rule’s ability to expand the agency’s ability to target unsafe carriers and addressing concerns about the rule’s relationship to the December-enacted FAST Act highway bill.

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Pennsylvania county goes proactive on highway-ramp parking

Penn. state patrol in Lackawanna County reportedly has stepped up ticketing of drivers parked on ramps, but quick press response shows some hope on shifting prevailing attitudes/awareness of the parking issue.

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International offering seats with rollover protection as option on ProStar models

International has announced it will offer a seat with rollover protection as an option on its ProStar Class 8 trucks.

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The end-of-quarter rush on the spot market closes out March transition month

Spot market loads posted in March showed volume 42 percent higher than in February — but 28 percent lower than the same period in 2015. Here's how the last week of the quarter played out in vans and reefers.

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POLL: What’s your most likely response to the ELD mandate?

As of now, what's your most likely response to mandated ELDs, assuming the regulation makes it intact: Will nothing change for you? Will you wait for rule challenges to play out before moving electronic for hours? Or something else entirely ... ?

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