James Jaillet

Does federal law exempt truckers from certain state labor laws? Supreme Court could decide

The Federal Aviation Administration Act of 1994 — which explicitly says federal law preempts state laws in such circumstances — could face a challenge in the country’s highest court this year, as Penske Logistics has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower court’s decision.

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Brake inspection blitz places 16.2% of vehicles out of service, up from 2013 rate

The percentage of vehicles placed out of service in 2014 jumped a few points from 2013’s record-low of 13.5 percent, but the percentage comes from a smaller sample size.

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Random drug testing of truckers to continue at 50 percent rate

Random drug testing rates for truck operators will remain at 50 percent, FMCSA announced recently.

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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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