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Pushback on allowing carriers to drug test drivers via hair sample prompts FMCSA to re-open comments

Granting requests made by driver trade unions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has re-opened the public comment period for a request made by some of the country’s largest carriers to allow them to drug test driver applicants via hair sample instead of a urine sample. FMCSA currently only accepts results from urine sample testing.

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Maine to lower I-295 speed limit

MaineDOT says it raised the speed limit in 2014 and has since seen a 29 percent increase in crashes, along with a 6.4 percent increase in traffic volume.

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Freight and trucker pay should get a boost in 2017, analyst says

Strong indications of growth in the economy in 2017 should put upward pressure on freight volume and trucker pay, says Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations.

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Trucker sentenced to 10 years in prison for 2014 crash that killed five

Francisco Espinal-Quiroz pleaded guilty in November to five counts of reckless homicide and falsifying logbook entries, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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PrePass adds Texas tolls to services

In order to take advantage of PrePass for Texas tolls, PrePass Plus users must opt in to the new services and complete an authorization form.

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Nearly 56,000 U.S. bridges in need of repairs, new report says

Approximately 1,900 bridges along the United States’ interstate system are deemed structurally deficient, a fraction of the nearly 56,000 bridges across the U.S. with the same designation, according to a report released by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

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GPS Insight launches new ELD system

Some features on the ELD include messaging, which allows drivers to communicate with dispatch; navigation; and GPS tracking.

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FMCSA clarifies ELD compliance extensions, non-compliant devices

Two new guidelines from FMCSA on ELDs: Older devices that buy carriers' time but aren't long-term compliance options for the mandate can be transferred to a new truck and operators will have eight days to deploy a compliant device if their ELD is found to be non-compliant.

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Lawsuit encompassing up to 80,000 truckers to proceed after state Supreme Court ruling

A ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court allows the 80,000-member class to pursue allegations that the carrier shorted them wages by paying for shortest distance miles rather than actual miles driven.

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DOT: 3.2 trillion miles driven in 2016 on U.S. roadways

FHWA estimates that of the 3.2 trillion miles traveled in 2016, 2.2 trillion of the miles were in urban areas, while 984.2 billion were in rural areas.

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