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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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Video, Twitter log: Test driving Peterbilt’s new 579 EPIQ

Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts is at Peterbilt headquarters in Denton, Texas, this week to get the details on Peterbilt's new 579 EPIQ tractor and take it for a test drive. Here are live photos and videos from the action.

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Insurance increase rule, speed limiter rule running behind FMCSA’s projected schedule

File this under “no news can sometimes be news” — Two trucking-related federal rules in the works have missed projected schedules for their advancement through the rulemaking process.

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