E-ZPass Warning Truckers Against Fraudulent Emails

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According to E-ZPass, an international phishing scheme is being targeted at customers and non-customers.  The phishing scheme comes in the form of an email claiming to be from E-ZPass stating that the email receiver has a missed or unpaid toll.  Read more here.

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Some Members of the Trucking Industry Want Hair Testing Out of Transportation Bill

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In a joint letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, 17 organizations urged the committee to reject hair testing for federal drug tests.  Read more here.

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Self-Driving Trucks Are Just TWO Years Away Says Daimler

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The world’s first self-driving truck has already been licensed for use on American roads, and the Freightliner Inspiration Truck received its official ‘autonomous vehicle’ license plate in Nevada earlier this year.   Read more here.

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CARB Suit Moved to Appeals Court

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A judge has moved a lawsuit challenging California Air Resources Board regulations to a federal appeals court, effectively denying CARB’s claim that the challenge could not be heard in federal court. – See more here.

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Don’t Overlook the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit this Summer

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Day camps are common during the summer months. Many truck drivers pay for them for their children while they work or look for work. If this applies to you, your costs may qualify for a federal tax credit that can lower your taxes.  Read more here.
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Interstate tolling: Time to give it up

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The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works committee wants to expand the pilot program for interstate highway tolls. The committee’s proposed $275 billion highway bill would make it easier for states to apply for approval to install tolling on existing roads.  Read more here.

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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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