James Jaillet

Volvo shows off three-truck platoon on Interstate 110 in LA

Volvo Trucks announced Monday it completed a successful demonstration of a partially automated truck platoon in California, leveraging Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology to run a three-truck platoon from the Port of Los Angeles along Interstate 110.

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Trucking employment gained big in February

The Department of Labor in its monthly Employment Situation Report indicated the for-hire industry’s employment grew by 10,600 jobs, the biggest month gain since December 2014.

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FMCSA puts final nail in the coffin for restart regs

FMCSA confirmed the 2013 regulations on the 34-hour restart will not go back into effect. Not only did the drivers operating under the more restrictive regulations show no greater levels of safety, in some cases they were less safe, according to FMCSA’s summary of research performed on the regs.

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The trillion dollar debate: Can private toll roads significantly help highway funding crisis?

Trump’s plan for bolstering infrastructure funding with investments from the private sector could buoy the country’s ability to repair worn highways. It could also expand the number of toll roads in the U.S. But how can private money really fill the highway funding void?

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Truck OEMs, trucking orgs join in asking new EPA head to maintain clean diesel program

DERA offers rebates and grants to owners of diesel-powered equipment to aid in retrofitting older engines with more modern, lower emissions technology or in replacing older equipment all together. Trucking stakeholders hope to convince Pruitt of the program's merits.

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34-hour restart study affirms less restrictive hours of service, buries 2013 regs

The results of a new study confirm that truckers’ 34-hour restarts will not require two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and will not be limited to once per week.

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Van rates fall off as reefer, flatbed gain momentum

Per-mile rates on the spot market for reefer and flatbed loads rose again in February, according to monthly transaction averages from Truckstop.com. February’s gains for flatbed marked the fourth straight month of rate growth in the segment. Reefer rates have now climbed three consecutive months. Van rates, meanwhile, tumbled in February, the third straight month the segment’s rates have been in decline. Van rates fell 11 cents a mile in February to $1.83 -- their lowest ...

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Trump illustrates need for $1 trillion infrastructure package with advice from a ‘friend in trucking’

In his first address to Congress, President Trump asked lawmakers for a $1 trillion infrastructure investment. Earlier this week, Trump said he consulted with a friend in trucking, who told him U.S. highways cause his trucks to be "just beat to hell."

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Iowa highways could become testing grounds for truck platooning tech

A bill in the Iowa state legislature this session would open the door for truck platoons to begin operating on the state’s highways as a means to test the technology and fine tune it for wider scale deployment.

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Trump orders creation of teams to target regulations for removal

Trump directed all federal agencies, including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, to establish a team to evaluate existing regs and make recommendations about regulations that need “repeal, replacement or modification,” the Executive Order states.

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