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Thune Wants CSA Overhaul 
WASHINGTON — Sen. John Thune, chairman of the influential Commerce Committee, told Transport Topics last week he will introduce legislation to overhaul the government’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Booming Truck, Trailer Sales Stretch MATS Exhibit Space 
Truck sales and orders suggest this could be the second-strongest year for North American heavy-duty vehicles on record, so the organizers of the Mid-America Trucking Show are paring the width of pedestrian aisles and chopping square footage for the food court to create more space for exhibitors.

FedEx’s Frederick Smith: ‘Good Chance’ Congress OKs 33-Foot Trailers 
FedEx Corp. Chairman and CEO Frederick Smith said last week there is “a good chance” Congress this year will clear the way for longer trailers, which would further boost productivity.





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Scott Darling Makes Unscheduled Appearance But Keeps Low Profile
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sporting a Boston Red Sox cap and a beige trench coat when he arrived, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration head Scott Darling kept a low profile while visiting the Mid-America Trucking Show on March 27.

FMCSA Official Defends New CSA App
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration senior official at the Mid-America Trucking Show defended a new smartphone application designed to facilitate access to certain performance data, a device strongly opposed by the industry.

FMCSA Recruits Drivers for HOS Study at MATS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration encouraged commercial drivers at the Mid-America Trucking Show to sign up for an hours-of-service study that aims to determine fatigue factors among truck operators.

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Mercedes-Benz Plans First Pickup Truck
Mercedes-Benz plans to enter the pickup segment in coming years, underscoring a push by manufacturers of upscale vehicles to invade territories traditionally dominated by mass-market competitors.

Trailer Orders Drop 30% in February
February net trailer orders fell 30% from a year ago to 20,700 units, ACT Research Co. reported.


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TT Archives: Bush Presents Driver of the Year Award
In 1981 Kenneth Olson accepted the “Driver of The Year Trophy” recognizing 42-years of accident free driving for Murphy Motor Freight Lines Inc., from Vice President George Bush.
 

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