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Rates surged again in October, flatbed and van hit three-year highs

With conditions ripe for rate hikes of late, truckload rates in all three major segments in October continued their upward momentum, according to monthly spot market rates data from Truckstop.com.

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California’s 20-cent diesel tax hike goes into effect

The excise tax on diesel in the state jumped from 16 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon Wednesday. The state has also increased the sales tax rate on diesel from 9 percent to 13 percent. 

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Sleep apnea partly to blame in 2016 truck-bus crash that killed 13, NTSB concludes

The Board determined the trucker had untreated obstructive sleep apnea, and the bus driver had untreated diabetes and was fatigued, likely due to acute sleep loss, at the time of the crash.

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Trump FMCSA pick Martinez supports ELD mandate, will examine owner-operator impact

While Martinez said he doesn't intend to delay the mandate, he said he will examine its impact on small business truckers. “I want to meet with those involved who oppose the rule to learn more about those concerns," he told a panel of Senators during a confirmation hearing Tuesday.

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Intrastate ELD mandates: California enforcement deadline likely to be late 2020, Oregon this year

California is planning to seek an intrastate adoption of the electronic logging device mandate that is likely to impose a deadline of December 31, 2020, for intrastate carriers. Oregon will enforce on the federal timeline Dec. 18 this year.

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Strick Trailers adds production line

Strick Trailers has expanded its Monroe, Indiana, manufacturing facility by adding a 44,000-square-foot production line dedicated to "the unique characteristics of its custom trailer business," the company says.

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Hours regs suspended for certain drivers in New Hampshire

The emergency declaration states an emergency exists pertaining to the delivery of propane, natural gas, fuel oil, gasoline and food, as well as for the repair of utility outages.

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Iowa 80 begins $10 million expansion and remodel

The truck stop is adding an extra 23,000 square feet to its existing 100,000 square foot building. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

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Bill in House seeks to study port truckers’ pay and controversial truck-leasing practices

Citing existing research into the matter and a major investigative report from USA Today showing that such deductions leave drivers with little actual take-home pay, a contingent of Democratic lawmakers in the House filed the Port Drivers Bill of Rights Act of 2017 last week.

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Love’s opens Holiday Inn Express in Brigham City, Utah

The hotel features an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour laundry center and more. Truckers can receive a 20 percent discount at the hotel by showing their CDL.

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