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FMCSA proposes sleep apnea test for commercial truck drivers

Thousands of road users are seriously injured or killed each year in North Carolina and around the country in traffic accidents caused by fatigued motorists. This type of crash can be particularly dangerous when the tired driver is behind the wheel of a semi-tractor trailer. This is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a rule that would require commercial truck drivers to be tested for obstructive sleep apnea.

Motorcyclist killed after being rear-ended by pickup truck

North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers were called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash at around 12:20 p.m. on Sept. 11. The accident happened along Highway 68 in Oak Ridge near the Historic Old Mill. According to reports, the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended a motorcycle, killing the motorcycle driver and injuring the motorcycle passenger.

Benefits and drawbacks of owning a franchise

Many people in North Carolina dream of opening their own business, and buying a franchise can be one way of making that dream a reality. Because a franchise comes with a recognizable brand and an established system for doing business, buying a franchise can streamline the process of opening a restaurant, retail store, car repair shop or other business. However, there are also some downsides that are important to keep in mind.

Brake Safety Week turns focus to commercial vehicle safety

Motorists who may be concerned about the safety of the commercial vehicles with which they share roadways in North Carolina and around the country may be interested in knowing more about Brake Safety Week, which runs annually each September. The 2016 dates for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Airbrake program held in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are Sept. 11-17.

Steps in selling a business

North Carolina business owners may come to a point when they want to sell their company. There are a number of factors to consider when selling a business, and it is important to do so when it and the economy are doing well rather than when either are struggling. The process quite a bit of time, so owners should plan ahead for it.

Feds deny request to rescind truck driver break rule

Truck drivers in North Carolina and across the U.S. are still required to take a 30-minute break during their shift, according to a decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The decision, which was announced in August, came in response to a petition by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance seeking to rescind the breaks.

Pros and cons of selling with Amazon FBA

Many entrepreneurs in North Carolina are building e-commerce businesses using the Fulfillment by Amazon model. Amazon FBA allows small business owners to ship their products to Amazon warehouses and let Amazon handle the picking, packing and shipping of the products. If customers have a problem or need to return an item, Amazon takes care of the customer support.

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