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Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 - AP Exclusive: Many truck tires can't handle higher speed limits; wrecks and blowouts cited

Many tractor-trailers on the nation's roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials.

Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph.

But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississipp

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Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 - House, Senate give preliminary OK to N.C. gas tax deal

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
The Associated Press

3/31/2015


Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 - Baldwin introduces rail shipper bill

U.S. Sen. Tammy Bald­win, D-Wis., in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion March 24 to ad­dress chal­lenges faced by Wis­con­sin busi­nesses when ship­ping by rail. The Rail Ship­per Fair­ness Act aims to re­duce costs and im­prove ser­vice prob­lems faced by a broad coali­tion of Wis­con­sin rail ship­pers, in­clud­ing farm­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and util­i­ties.

“Our W

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Tuesday Mar 31, 2015 - Truck parking: Open the gates

There are plenty of factors that contribute to tightening truck capacity and rising transportation costs, but one of the most overlooked is the lack of adequate truck parking. Securing a truck to haul a load may be problem No. 1 for many shippers, but for the truck driver, the big problem may be where to park that rig during breaks and rest periods.

The problem is likely to get worse as the U.S. economy continues to expand and freight volumes pick up, and it's an is

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Monday Mar 30, 2015 - FMCSA denies brokers request for exemption from bond

The Trucker News Services

3/30/2015

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Monday in a Federal Register notice to be published Tuesday that the agency had denied an application from the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents (AIPBA) for an exemption for all property brokers and freight forwarders from the $75,000 bond provision included in MAP 21.

The agency noted that on Dec. 26, 2013, it had

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Monday Mar 30, 2015 - Shell, AirFlow Building Truck Expected to Break mpg Records in 2 Years

Nicknamed the StarShip, Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co. owner and designer Bob Sliwa are developing a new hyper-fuel mileage Class 8 tractor trailer expected to break fuel-efficiency records after its 2017 debut.

This next-generation concept truck is an exciting project for Shell, according to Selda Gunsel, vice-president of technology for Shell Global Solutions. “The transportation industry is dynamic and we intend to stay at the forefront of innovation — collaborat

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Monday Mar 30, 2015 - Trucking group opposed 75 mph speed limi

In a recent editorial, The Lima News editorial board opposed the proposed increase in the speed limit and we couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the editorial purported that the Ohio Trucking Association “touts the economicbenefits of being able to transport goods more quickly throughout the stat

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015 - Increase in fracking trucks has drawbacks

CADIZ, Ohio — The warning signs and convoys of semi trucks have become part of the landscape in eastern Ohio’s shale country, where a drilling surge has brought more big rigs to rural roads.

Oil and gas truck traffic ahead.

The orange placards and the trucks they portend might be the clearest sign yet of the dual role locals say the region’s oil and gas industry has assumed as both economic engine and potential danger for drivers sharing winding two-la

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015 - Trucker Threatens FMCSA Inspector After Receiving Fine

When inspectors put rigs out of service to keep the roads safe, it costs truckers time and money. Aside from maybe a bit of grumbling, generally drivers finish up for the day with no further incident. Recently though, one driver got so upset that he has been charged with threatening an FMCSA inspector. But he didn’t stop there.

According to the office of Inspector General, Ronald Mockelman was issued a fine for making a threat of bodily harm to a feder

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Sunday Mar 29, 2015 - New shipper coalition blasts carriers for focusing on price instead of service

A week after announcing its formation, a new shipper coalition in Shanghai lambasted container lines for focusing on price to the detriment of service.

The Global Shippers’ Alliance — which consists of membership from the European Shippers’ Council, the Asian Shippers’ Association and the American Association of Exporters and Importers — took heat in return from carriers, as members were accused of overbooking shipments by as much as 3

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