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Young trucker hits low bridge, FMCSA issues GPS alert

It is unclear if the young trucker was following GPS directions, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an alert Wednesday, May 31, warning truck drivers to use professional-grade navigation systems that provide route restrictions.

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Texas law to allow increased weight for intermodal containers

The law will allow six-axle combination intermodal trucks to weigh up to 93,000 pounds and seven-axle trucks to weigh up to 100,000 pounds. Current Texas law allows gross weights up to 84,000 pounds with a permit.

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Former trucking company employee steals truck, crashes it into brothel

A disgruntled former trucking company employee allegedly stole a tractor-trailer from the company and rammed it into the front of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch on May 25.

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ATRI seeking owner-operator input for Costs of Trucking report

ATRI is looking for information on driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums, and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are also asked to provide cost-per-mile or cost-per-hour information from 2016.

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Bills aim to bring more veterans to trucking

Legislators have introduced bills that would, if passed, expand the number of VA medical professionals allowed to conduct DOT physicals, as well as extend the CDL exemption for military veterans to active-duty service members and reservists.

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Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week's update shows spot market rates were up in anticipation of the holiday week this week. Most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) were "lookin' good, lookin' good," noted DAT's Ken Harper attendant to this week's load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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To comply with Trump regs review order, DOT names Regulatory Review Officer

DOT's Regulatory Review Officer, called for by a Feb. 24 executive order from President Trump, will oversee DOT's review of regulations that are too costly to justify or are outdated.

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Uber’s self-driving truck venture shaken up as legal woes mount

With legal trouble swirling around Uber's autonomous truck venture, the company has fired Anthony Levandowski, the founder of the autonomous truck company Otto and a star engineer with Uber and, formerly, Google. The company also quietly announced last month it dropped the name Otto, as it was facing a lawsuit by a Canadian-based robotics company of the same name.

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BigRoad Dash Link ELD self-certified, listed on FMCSA registry

In the market for smartphone-app-based computer-assisted logbooks, from which Canada-headquartered BigRoad's ELD emerged, the company has established a foothold with owner-operators above that of most other players.

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More than 850 moving trucks, trailers owned by shuttered Graebel Van Lines to be sold at auction

The trucks and trailers, previously owned by the now-closed Graebel Van Lines, will be auctioned without minimum bids or reserve prices.

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