Overdrive Staff

Highway Justice, Episode 1: Suspicion surrounds Jake Brakefield after cargo theft, suicide by truck

A suspicious cargo heist and a dead 18-year-old leave trucker Jake Brakefield sideways with the law. A mysterious woman approaches him with an offer to clear his name -- if he cooperates with her.

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Trucker Tools’ predictive load feature integrates with TMS

Driver smartphone app Trucker Tools, which also provides load tracking and freight-matching features, integrated its Smart Capacity freight-match tool with the MercuryGate Transportation Management Software system, a cloud-based TMS.

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Love’s opens new store in Arkansas

The new store is the company’s third along I-49 and its 12th in the state. It offers truckers 55 truck parking spaces, a Love’s Truck Tire Care center, three showers, Chester’s Chicken and Subway restaurants, laundry facilities and more.

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Smithart Trucking’s 1962 Peterbilt 350

Julia Frese, owner of Rio Rancho, N.M.-based Smithart Trucking, owns this 1962 Peterbilt 350. The rig features a 400-hp Cummins and an Eaton Fuller 10-speed with 4-speed auxiliary. Frese has done a complete rebuild on the truck.

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Used truck prices tumbled 23 percent in 2017

A tractor that sold for $75,000 Jan. 1, 2017 would have sold for $57,900 on Dec 31, 2017, according to data from J.D. Power and Associates.

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TCA names 18 safest fleets for 2017

The fleets are now eligible for one of two grand prizes – one for carriers with a total annual mileage of less than 25 million miles, and one for carriers with more than 25 million miles per year.

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FMCSA issuing brief ELD waiver to short-term rental trucks, exempts motion picture haulers

The U.S. DOT has announced it won’t start requiring the use of electronic logging devices for short-term rental trucks, defined as 30 days or less, until March 18. Also, 6,500 drivers who haul equipment for TV and movie productions will be exempt from the ELD mandate for at least five years.

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Trucking rap sheet: ‘Chameleon carriers,’ inspector bribes, CDL schemes, more

A trucking company was sentenced to fines and probation after reincarnating, a Texas fleet owner pleaded guilty to bribing state troopers for clean inspections, a Washington state drug tester pleaded guilty to testing fraud, and CDL testers in California and Mississippi pleaded guilty to fraud.

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Kenworth offering OOIDA members $1,000 discount on truck purchases

Kenworth is offering Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members $1,000 savings on certain new Kenworth sleeper trucks.

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Partners in Business tip: Perform regular PM

Preventive maintenance ensures your truck is running efficiently. Here are a few items to regularly check.

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