James Jaillet

2014’s top stories, Part 2: Restart rollback, electronic log mandate, speed limiters and more

Overdrive delved through a web of analytics and a year’s worth of news and features posted on OverdriveOnline.com to put together a list of the top 20 stories from 2014. Here are the top 10 stories of the year.

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Pride & Polish rewind: A look back at 2014’s top trucks, show truck tour

In its fifth full season, the Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Championship circuit produced 20 Best of Show winners and four National Champions. Here are the photos recapping the year on the Pride & Polish circuit.

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Diesel continues slide, down 70 cents from last year

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another 6.8 cents in the week ended Dec. 29 to $3.213, according to the DOE.

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2014’s top stories, Part 1: Truckers’ right to carry, engine lawsuits, detention pay and more

Overdrive delved through a web of analytics and a year’s worth of news and features posted on OverdriveOnline.com to put together a list of the top 20 stories from 2014. Here are numbers 11-20.

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OIG report: FMCSA’s data on Mexican carriers invalid due to lack of participants

FMCSA’s work on the program complied with Congressional requirements, the Inspector General report notes, but the program had so few Mexican carrier participants that the data produced is insufficient.

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Total rebuild: Owner-op’s ’81 Pete 359

Russell Riano says he has “totally rebuilt” this 1981 Peterbilt 359 upon his 2005 purchase of the rig. When business got slow in 2005, he says, “I found this old 359 and went to town.”

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Trucking wins in restart fight, loses on insurance increase

Truck operators no doubt scored a victory this month when Congress voted to suspend the 2013-implemented changes to rules dictating the use of a 34-hour restart. But they lost elsewhere.

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DAT: Insurance increase would impact owner-ops most, increase not justified

An increase in the minimum amount of liability required for trucking companies would adversely affect owner-operators and smaller carriers at a disproportionate rate and may even force them to close shop, according to recent analysis from DAT Solutions.

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Diesel price plummets again, hits four-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel hit a four-year low in the week ended Dec. 22, 2014, falling 13.8 cents to $3.281, according to the DOE.

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14 suits against alleged defects of Navistar’s EGR-only engines consolidated

The suits against Navistar allege that the truck and engine maker knew that its 2008-2013 model MaxxForce engines had defects, yet the company concealed those defects form buyers and knowingly sold and marketed the products as otherwise, the suits allege.

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