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DOD weapons haulers’ 30-minute break exemption extended

The DOD's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command has held the exemption since 2013 and requires continuous attendance and surveillance of its loads until they reach their final destination.

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PrePass expands bypass capabilities, introduces ELD

The bring-your-own device ELD is available for both Android and iOS platforms on any tablet or smartphone tethered with an OBDII device plugged into the truck’s diagnostic port. The system also offers driver vehicle inspection reporting, central web-based reporting and Bluetooth wireless OBDII connection.

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Spot market: Rates cool a smidge for vans, reefers, but conditions remain good for truckers

After surging for several weeks van spot market rates moderated a bit the week of Oct. 8-14. Looser truckload capacity led to a lower national average, interrupting what had been seven straight weeks of increases.

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ELDs at the ‘right price’: No-monthly-fee e-logs explored

In the crowded ELD market, a few companies set themselves apart with systems requiring no monthly fee. Who they are, and considerations of support, availability and utility.

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Court rules DOT carrier registration board violated sunshine laws, upholds board’s decisions

A federal court on Wednesday ruled that the Unified Carrier Registration planning board, who’s tasked with establishing annual carrier registration fee structures, violated federal open meetings laws by holding a deliberative meeting Sept. 14 without notifying the public.

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Love’s opens new truck stop in Oklahoma

The new store is located off of I-44 at exit 107 and offers drivers 48 truck parking spaces, five showers, laundry facilities, a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Subway restaurant. A casino operated by the Chickasaw Nation is set to open at the travel stop later this year.

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Rhode Island plans lane reduction on I-195 this weekend

Rhode Island DOT says work will begin Friday night, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. The number of lanes on the ramp from I-195 West to I-95 South will be reduced from two lanes to one.

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DOT allows another major fleet to let pre-CDL operators drive team

FMCSA says opposition stated the CLP holders who had passed the CDL skills test were too inexperienced and are safer with CDL holders in the front seat. The agency argues that had the drivers been in their home state when they passed the skills test, they would have already obtained a CDL, and could drive on their own with no one in the truck with them.

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Truckers using phone-based ELDs can change duty status away from truck, FMCSA says

FMCSA will, at least for five years, allow drivers using mobile device-based ELDs (those run on a phone or tablet) to change duty status outside of and away from their vehicle. Such changes in duty status will need to be annotated, the agency says.

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‘Truckers for Humanity’ hosting live-streamed concert, benefit event Saturday

On the Truckers for Humanity Facebook page the evening of October 21, six trucker/singer-songwriters will perform live to benefit TruckersFinalMile.org.

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