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Denham Amendment revived: House again eyes measure to block states’ driver pay/break laws

The provision seeks to reassert the federal government’s role in managing drivers’ hours of service by preventing states from requiring carriers to comply with any state-level laws. The measure also restricts states from forcing carriers to pay drivers for non-driving tasks.

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Pilot Flying J adds three new travel centers in West Texas

The first of the new locations opened on April 14 in Orla, Texas, along U.S. Highway 285. Another location is set to open on Saturday, April 21, in Kermit, Texas, along Texas Highway 302, followed by the company’s second location in Pecos, Texas, on South Bickley Avenue in the coming weeks.

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Tanker fleet doles out big pay boost for certain drivers

Texas-based 700-plus truck fleet Crestwood Transportation is now starting tanker drivers in its central region at 60 cents per mile, a 14-cent-per-mile bump from the previous 46 cents.

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Expedite Expo staging in Ky. July 20-21

According to the organizers behind the Expedite Expo show, set to kick off July 20-21 at the Lexington Center in downtown Lexington, Ky., attendees' two-day, time-only investment at the Expo (it's otherwise free for owner-ops, drivers and fleet owners) will pay dividends in "expanding your industry knowledge" and more.

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I-96 Eastbound north of Grand Rapids, Mich., to close through mid-June

MDOT says a detour is available by exiting I-96 at Alpine Avenue or taking U.S. 131 Southbound to I-196 Eastbound to I-96 Eastbound. 

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Highway fatalities dipped slightly in 2017, preliminary numbers show

National Safety Council numbers do not include specific crash data, such as how many of the highway deaths were as a result of a truck-involved accident. In sum, 40,100 deaths occurred last year, according to the NSC.

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Former Texas trooper gets prison time for accepting bribes for clean inspections

From July 2014 through September 2015, Cauley reported conducting 39 Level 1 inspections on Cruz and Sons trucks, all of which were given a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection decal for a clean inspection. Cruz reportedly paid Cauley at least $4,000 for the clean inspections

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OOIDA, safety groups rally against bill to allow under-21 interstate truckers

In a letter sent to the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the committee where the bill was filed, OOIDA and a long list of other groups, told lawmakers they strongly oppose the DRIVE Act's passage. The groups claim in the letter that younger drivers are much more likely to crash. The act's training requirements are also "woefully inadequate," they write. 

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After error, payments to be reissued in Caterpillar ACERT engine settlement

Caterpillar has said it will be reissuing checks to former ACERT engine owners who were part of a $60 million class action settlement reached with the company in 2016. According to court documents, a calculation error caused the checks to be lower than class members were owed.

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Truck availability rose on spot market last week, moderating rates even as reefer/van volumes increased

The post-Easter lull in reefer volumes didn’t last long. Load counts were up 15 percent last, close to where they were at the close of the first quarter. Produce is moving out of Southern California and Central Florida, but we’re just getting started.

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