James Jaillet

’88 Pete takes top billing at SuperRigs

Show truck vet Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 heavy hauler picked up the Best of Show nod this weekend at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs working show truck beauty contest, besting a crowded field of 89 participants throughout the weekend's three days of festivities.

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Photos: Top working show trucks on display in Joplin at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

A sampling of the working show trucks on display at this year's Shell Rotella SuperRigs event, where owner-operators and small fleet owners are vying for the contest's $10,000 top prize and spots in next year's SuperRigs calendar.

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Photos/video: SuperRigs takes over downtown Joplin with truck parade, Tony Justice concert, fireworks show

Dozens of custom Class 8 working combos and bobtails convoyed through Joplin, Mo., Friday night, eventually taking over the city's downtown streets with a four-hour block party that featured live music from trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice, an hours-long truck lights contest and fireworks show. Shell Rotella hosted the event, as part of its annual SuperRigs truck beauty contest

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Video: Truckers rally in Tallahassee, two arrested

The ralliers said they were protesting low rates and working conditions for drivers, high insurance costs and brokers' lack of transparency with truck operators. Two truckers were arrested during the protests for blocking an intersection.

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Rearview: The heyday of mom and pop truck stops

Before the proliferation of large truck stop chains came to grace interstate highways, one-off mom-and-pop establishments found on two-lane highways were the norm. In the 1960s, the peak of such operations, Overdrive offered an advertising outlet for those small businesses to make their locations, products, services and amenities known to the nation’s independent truckers.

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Supreme Court rejects trucker’s request to intervene in ELD lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a trucker’s formal request to intervene in the lawsuit brought against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, siding with a lower court that also barred the trucker from intervening in the case.

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SFD rule’s crash-risk disconnect: Data show most analyzed ‘Unfit’ carriers don’t crash

ASECTT’s Freedom of Information Act-obtained numbers show that 76 percent of carriers with five or fewer trucks, and who would have been flagged Unfit to operate under the proposed SFD's parameters, recorded no crashes in the 12 months following the analyzed 'Unfit' determination. The numbers — and the questions they present about the proposed rule’s methodology — add to mounting pressure the agency’s faced since publishing the proposed rule in January.

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Trucking jobs report shows another decline in industry employment

May’s decline marked the third month so far this year that trucking industry employment has fallen on a month-to-month basis, bucking the trend of the overall U.S. economy’s monthly gains. May's report showed a weak job market overall for the U.S. economy.

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Rates ‘spring’ing to life? Spot market rates post another positive showing in May

The charts here compare each segment’s paid rates -- verified averages of per-mile rates paid by brokers to carriers -- compared to posted rates, pre-negotiated rate offers posted by brokers. Two major truckload segments saw rates increase, while one remained flat.

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