James Jaillet

Report: Speed limiter usage already prevalent among large fleets

More than 85 percent of fleet respondents in a recent survey their fleet’s trucks are equipped with speed limiters, according to a survey performed this year by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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Van, flatbed rates flat in September, reefer rates tumble

Per-mile rates on the spot market remain well below levels seen in 2014 and 2015, as diesel prices fell off and freight slowed.

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DOT wants zero traffic deaths within next 30 years, announces ‘Road to Zero’ coalition

Road to Zero partners hope to accelerate the development of advanced vehicle technologies, the DOT says, along with addressing infrastructure challenges of both today and the coming decades.

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Builders Bobtail: The next ‘Project’

The crew out of Triple R Diesel’s Texas Chrome Shop showed its latest highly custom build for the first time at GATS, culminating more than a year-long venture that Texas Chrome’s Roland Mendez says “sets a new bar” for the company’s show rigs.

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Owner-ops can preview altered CSA scores based on FMCSA’s proposed changes

Changes to intervention thresholds, BASIC ratings, crash figures and more are on deck, FMCSA says, and carriers can preview the changes to their own SMS ratings here...

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Limited-Mileage Bobtail: The Premier 359

Owner-operator Kary Bryce of Sibley, La., founded his fleet in 1988 with a single Peterbilt 359. He’s always had 359s running in his operation, now at 116 trucks, he says. What’s now Bryce’s most-famed 359 he bought in 1996.

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2016 GATS Best of Show winner, Working Bobtail: Equipment hauler’s dream

Boullion’s showed the Pete for four straight years at GATS, never thinking he’d pick up the coveted Best of Show nod. “It was a shock,” he says. “I still pinch myself. It’s something I’d never thought I’d even get.”

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34-hour restart clarification misses another funding bill

Congress passed Wednesday a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. Though the stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, the bill did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Builders Class Bobtail: From ‘ratted out’ to rat rod

Following a few years off from the showing his small fleet’s trucks, Minnesota-based aggregates hauler Jonathan Eilen said he wanted to “come back and make a statement” on the Pride & Polish circuit this year. Just six weeks after qualifying, Eilen left GATS with his statement made and a National Championship trophy in hand.

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Rates, especially in the west, to spike due to major maritime carrier bankruptcy

Last week on the spot market, the load-to-truck ratio for outbound loads in the Los Angeles area shot up to about 7 load postings on DAT’s load board per one truck posting. The average is about two loads to one truck. The recent imbalance in loads to trucks puts upward pressure on rates.

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