North Dakota drought prompts HOS waiver for livestock haulers

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Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021:

North Dakota waives HOS, weight regs for livestock haulers

Extreme drought conditions ongoing since April in North Dakota are impacting the state’s agriculture and livestock production, prompting Gov. Doug Burgum to declare a state of emergency, suspending hours of service regulations and weight restrictions in the state for truck drivers transporting livestock, hay and water supplies for livestock on interstate highways and state roadways.

The declaration waives 49 CFR Parts 390 through 399, along with North Dakota laws pertaining to width and height restrictions and fees.

Under the order, state routes posted at 80,000 pounds are temporarily increased to 105,500 pounds, and routes normally restricted to 75 feet in length are temporarily increased to 95 feet in overall length.

The order is effective through Sept. 9.

SelecTrucks enhances 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance coverage

SelecTrucks, one of the largest retailers of used trucks in North America, announced expanded component coverage and a new warranty concierge program, administered by Fleetrock, to enhance its 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance coverage.

Select Limited Warranties are zero deductible with no aggregate limits and include unrestricted progressive damage on covered components. They are available up to 48 months, 400,000 miles and are backed by the strength and reputation of Daimler Trucks North America. SelecTrucks' 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance coverage is included with every Select Limited Warranty plan and provides added confidence for those first months of used truck ownership.

SelecTrucks' 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance component coverage has been expanded to include:

  • After-treatment system control modules and diesel exhaust fluid lines
  • Detroit Assurance cameras and radar sensors
  • Detroit DT12 clutch actuator and shift controller 
  • Powertrain harness and powertrain sensors

In addition to the expanded component coverage, SelecTrucks’ 60-Day Buyer’s Assurance now includes Fleetrock after-sales support. Fleetrock is a leading provider of fleet management services and will provide SelecTrucks customers with around-the-clock after-sales support for their first 60 days of ownership, including warranty concierge service.

Love’s opens new tire retread plant

Love’s Travel Stops has opened a tire retread plant and distribution center in El Reno, Oklahoma, the company announced this week. 

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The 220,000-square-foot facility doubles the size of the one it replaces in Grand Prairie, Texas, allowing Love’s Truck Care and Speedco to increase capacity and better serve customers. Love’s has seven plants across the country and is in the process of further expanding its retread plant and distribution center capacity to increase the company’s commitment to ensuring customer access to tires and parts.

“The new facility in El Reno is a great location to serve our most valuable customers and develop and distribute products to the surrounding towns and states,” said Steve Phillips, director of tire sales and plant operations for Love’s. “This location allows us to provide greater coverage, so our customers can get back on the road quickly and safely.”