5 Ways Drivers Can Avoid the July 4th Cargo Theft Bump

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The July 4th holiday is a hot time for cargo theft. Doug Morris, director of safety and security operations for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says: “Drivers try to be home for the 4th of July holiday. They may pick up a load and leave it overnight at the local truck stop or another location and go home to be with family and friends. They return the next day and their rig is missing.”Statistics from CargoNet bear this out. They report that during the July 1-7 week, cargo thefts have risen over the past three years.  Read more here.

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DOT Mandate for Rollover Avoidance Systems Published, Making Rule Law

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a Final Rule n the Federal Register that will require all trucks made Aug. 1, 2017, and after to be equipped will electronic stability control systems to prevent vehicle rollovers.  Read more here.

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Senate Drafts Highway Bill

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The Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee has put together the framework for a surface transportation reauthorization bill.  The bill, which the committee plans to mark up today, would provide up to $257 billion over six years for transportation and infrastructure costs.  Read more here.

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Trucking Conditions Weaken, but Capacity Crisis Expected in 2017

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The future outlook shows an increasingly positive environment for truckers, because of expectations of a tightening market as additional regulatory drag appears, leading to a “likely” capacity crisis in 2017, FTR reports.  Read more here.

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Speed limiter mandate one step closer to publication, sent to White House for approval

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A proposed federal rule to require the installation and use of speed limiters (aka governors) on all trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds has been sent from the DOT to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for its approval.  Read more here.

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Call for Safeguards in HOS Study

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The American Trucking Associations is part of a group of more than 100 industry stakeholders calling on Congress to pass legislative measures that will safeguard the hours of service study against manipulation. The group sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging its members to include the protective measures in its appropriations bill for 2016. Read more here.

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Trucking Tops $700 Billion Revenue Mark

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Trucking industry revenue set a record last year, reaching $700.4 billion, American Trucking Associations reported.  Employment in the industry continues to top 7 million annually, and the number of carriers now is above 1.3 million, or 68 times the amount in 1980 when trucking was deregulated.  Read more here.

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Technology Trends In The Trucking Industry

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The world is changing to one where technology is integrated into almost every industry and aspect of our daily lives — and the trucking industry is no exception. As you consider the future for your trucking business, click here are some technology trends to watch.

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Roadcheck 2015 Inspection Spree Set For Early June, CVSA Releases Checklists For Drivers, Carriers

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Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, has been scheduled for June 2-4, 2015.  CVSA has published a tip sheet for carriers and drivers in preparation for this year’s Roadcheck.  Read more here.

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Trucking and Rail Industries Turn State Troopers Into Unwitting Lobbyists

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A fight is playing out as Congress prepares to take up renewal of the Highway Trust Fund, which finances billions of dollars in projects for road construction, bridge repair and other infrastructure programs.  While the trucking industry will look for a way to insert language into the highway funding bill that allows bigger trucks, the railroad industry will be fighting to quash such a move.  The fund runs out of money May 31.  Read more here.

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