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Heads up: Deadline for compliance with CARB reefer emissions regs coming Oct. 31

Motor carriers running 2007 year-model reefer units in California must purchase a diesel particulate filter for their reefer engines by Friday, Oct. 31, to be in compliance with the states reefer emissions regs.

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Cargo theft update: Load value jumps as thieves target high-value freight

The average loss value per cargo theft incident in the third quarter of 2014 jumped 100 percent from 2013’s third quarter $321,521, while the number of thefts fell. Here's what loads were hot, what states they occurred in and the methods used.

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Changing Gear: Maintenance and performance rewind

This week we’re resuming Overdrive’s series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some recent products to help keep your truck looking and working its best. Penray’s year-round Pow-R 365 5 in 1 Diesel Treatment for both ...

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Data on cross-border program insufficient, FMCSA committee says; Mex carriers continue operation

An FMCSA advisory committee approved a report critical of the U.S.-Mexico cross-border pilot program, notably the program's lack of inspection data and participation. Mexican carriers in the program now have full authority to operate in the U.S.

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Show Overdrive photos of your tattoos

Continuing through November, you can take a photo of your tattoo and upload it to the Show Us Your Ink gallery.

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Division on liability insurance hike in the spotlight at regulatory meeting

An FMCSA advisory committee discussion offered insight into how the agency will proceed with its rulemaking to increase liability insurance minimums and the potential consequences facing small business truckers if and when an increase occurs.

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Bay & Bay boosts retention bonus

Bay & Bay Transportation of St. Paul, Minn., increased its retention bonus for qualifying mileage contractors and company drivers by 1 cent for every dispatched mile driven, both loaded and empty, until Sept. 30, 2015. This is in addition to the preexisting 1-cent retention bonus already in effect through March 31, 2015.

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Diesel price continues skid, hits 3.5-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel hit its lowest point in nearly five years in the week ended Oct. 27, falling 2.1 cents to $3.635.

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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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