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Privacy or Money?

A trucker in a Reddit feed (9/25/17) wonders [edited]: I have the opportunity to ditch my apartment and use a family members’ address to bank basically everything. I can’t decide if not having my own apartment would be worth it or not. Sure it would be nice to bank some extra money, aggressively pay off Read More…

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Futuristic Concept Tractor-Trailor Set for 2018 Test Run

Shell’s futuristic concept tractor-trailer, dubbed the Starship Initiative, is on track to be completed within the coming months and could perform a cross-country efficiency test run as early as the first quarter of 2018 (overdriveonline.com 9/21/17). The rig, which is being built by AirFlow Truck Company, aims to combine already-existing technologies to create the most Read More…

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Fuel Efficiency Improves in Cross-Country, Long-Haul Test

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency’s (NACFE) “Run on Less” initiative – a cross-country long-haul fuel efficiency demonstration – achieved a cumulative average of 10.1 mpg during 99 days of driving, the agency announced Sunday at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta (overdriveonline 9/25/17). The results exceeded the original 9 mpg goal Read More…

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Oklahoma City Mayor Proclaims September 28 TBS Factoring Service Day

To mark the opening of the new 52,000-square foot corporate headquarters of TBS, the mayor of Oklahoma City – Mick Cornett – has proclaimed September 28, TBS Factoring Service Day. Citing the goal of Oklahoma City to create new job opportunities for OKC residents, Mayor Cornett highlighted several contributions TBS has made to OKC.  Among Read More…

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Hurricane Harvey Disrupts Freight Flow Nationwide

Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in the coming weeks and months, said pricing and supply chain experts Mark Montague and Eileen Hart of load-board and data firm DAT Solutions (overdriveonline.com – 8/29/17) Houston is one Read More…

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Capital Goods Orders Spike

An indicator of business spending surged in July despite a big drop in total factory orders, according to final numbers released Tuesday, September 5 by the Commerce Department (truckinginfo.com – 9/5/17). Orders for non-defense capital goods minus aircraft increased 1% from the month before, better than the originally reported 0.4% increase, and June’s 0.1% hike. Read More…

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House to Consider Delaying ELD Mandate

The U.S. House is slated to consider this week an amendment to halt enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate at least through September 2018 (overdriveonline.com – 9/6/17). The amendment, filed by a bipartisan group of five representatives, would be attached to a larger 2018 appropriations package. It would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from Read More…

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Fuel Prices Skyrocket Nationwide in Wake of Harvey

In the first full week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, diesel fuel prices skyrocketed in most regions of the U.S., especially in some major metro areas around the country (overdriveonline.com —9/5/17). Diesel prices increased by an average of 15.3 cents across the nation during the week to an average of Read More…

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Helping Out After Hurricane Harvey: How to Donate

If you want to help but aren’t sure where to start, tax-exempt charities that have indicated they are accepting Harvey-specific donations include: American Red Cross. To make a financial donation, visit the their website, call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need. Catholic Charities of USA. To Read More…

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Unprecedented Rainfall, Flooding Shuts Down Major Interstates, Highways in Southeast Texas

With Topical Storm Harvey (downgraded from a hurricane) expected to continue to dump unprecedented amounts of rain over southeast Texas the rest of the week, transportation officials in the state are discouraging travel in the region due to historic flooding on highways and road, according to overdriveonline.com (8/28/17). The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting Read More…