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S.C. Special Olympics truck convoy rolls Sept. 29

It's more than just a benefit convoy for South Carolina Special Olympics athletes, in the end, organizers note. It's also a "one-day celebration of the trucking industry."

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An ELD positive, an hours negative, and more from trucking’s present and perhaps stormy future

Views on trucking from the "Future of Expediting" panel on the final day of the Expedite Expo, from hours and ELDs to autonomous trucks — and why one fleet's CEO says ELDs might be the "best damn thing that ever happened to drivers."

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Notes on proper — and improper — use of personal conveyance under ELDs

For drivers intending to use of personal conveyance status under the electronic logging device mandate, particularly in light of the U.S. DOT's late-May decision to provide some flexibility to use personal conveyance mode to find safe parking, two key elements must apply, says Joe DeLorenzo, head of enforcement for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Trucking rap sheet: Medical examiners charged, sentenced in fraud cases

A Georgia doctor was convicted for falsifying DOT exams, and an Alabama chiropractor pleaded guilty for the same offense. A California drug tester was sentenced for her role in a DOT drug testing scheme.

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Trucker named Highway Angel for helping elderly couple in below-zero temperatures

Trucker Christina Powell was driving home in Ontario, Canada, in January when she witnessed a crash. She stopped to help and found an elderly couple that was shaken up by the crash. She gave them blankets and helped direct traffic until police and paramedics arrived.

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Though states are already taking up ELD regs for intrastate haulers, Alliance pushes for state legislative action

As detailed by Overdrive in prior coverage, many states have already harmonized their regulations for intrastate drivers with FMCSA's ELD rule. Some state legislatures have taken action, too, including Florida's, who passed a law requiring ELD use this year. The Trucking Alliance, however, wants lawmakers in all states to pass such legislation.

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Meet with fleets that match your needs at GATS

Drivers registering for GATS can answer questions during the registration process about their driving experience, endorsements and preferred driving areas and will be automatically matched to recruiters who have jobs that match that criteria. On-site meetings can then be set for the show.

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How about ‘broker of choice?’: A little credit where it’s due from small fleet BH Global Logistics

There's a first time for everything, a Chicago-area small fleet found out when a driver was 45 min. late after a flat tire en route to a shipper for pick-up, and treated poorly. Broker and consignor, in fact, made amends. "After so many miles run over the years, this was a first time ever that we .... were treated the way we should be treated."

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Cargo theft incidents decline again in second quarter

CargoNet reports there were 157 cargo thefts during the quarter with an average value per theft of $186,779 for a total estimated loss of $29.3 million during the quarter.

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POLL: Independents, do you use a factoring company or other quick-pay service?

Do you factor your invoices for cash-flow or other purposes? Use brokers' quick-pay services for similar purposes? Weigh in with this poll probing the extent of use of factoring companies by owner-ops...

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