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Issue No. 11, 10 May, 2012
Trucking Failures Decline

Truck fleet failures continued to decline early this year, despite high diesel prices that stubbornly remained above $4 per gallon, according to a new report. Carrier failures fell in the first quarter because viable fleets have managed cargo capacity effectively and high used-truck prices allowed marginal operators to sell out instead of simply shutting down, according to the report by Avondale Partners analyst Donald Broughton.

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Driver gets 18 months for false logbook

A federal judge has sentenced a Philadelphia trucker to 18 months in prison for falsifying his logbook in connection to a sentence he was already serving for vehicular homicide. On May 7, U.S. District Court Judge James Knoll Gardner sentenced Valerijs Nikolaevich Belovs, 58, on 15 counts of making false statements in connection with a falsified log book, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The Philadelphia judge also fined Belovs $1,000, levied a $1,500 special assessment and prohibited him from operating a commercial vehicle without court permission.

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Different views on flatbed training

Here are few different views on a question we asked on the Trucking Truth forum about flatbed training for our students at the Compass Truck Driving School in Chicago. First is our question and then the responses follow:
Hello truckers,
My team and I run a truck driving school out of Chicago and we are considering adding a specific training course for flatbed training...

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FMCSA publishes final rule addressing `reincarnated` carriers

Motor carriers that close up shop and reopen under a new name to avoid enforcement are clearly in the sights of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. FMCSA amended some of its administrative procedures, published in a rulemaking this past week, aiming to make life more difficult for companies with repeated safety violations that simply reincarnate into new trucking businesses. Beginning May 29 the FMCSA will have procedures in place to issue out-of-service orders to carriers who have a history of violations, thanks to the new regulation.

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