PIB TIP: USE PER DIEM DEDUCTIONS. Since Oct. 1, 2009, the federal per diem rate has been $59. If you run through a state with a higher per diem, however, you can use the higher rate for days spent in that state. An over-the-road trucker who’s away from home much of the year saves money by using the per diem instead of gathering meal receipts because few people spend $59 a day on meals. The IRS allows 80 percent of the per diem as a tax deduction, which is $47.20 per day. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the consultants at ATBS, the nation’s largest owner-operator business services firm, and is sponsored by Freightliner Trucks.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.