James Jaillet

Report: Higher driver pay, fleet equipment updates increase carrier costs in 2014

Climbing driver pay and new truck orders more than offset lower fuel prices in 2014, according to the annual Operational Costs of Trucking report issued Sept. 28. Here's where else costs rose and fell.

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The scuffle over upping truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds: TCA comes out in opposition, Werner sees mixed benefit

A Congressional move to allow 91,000-pound trucks on U.S. highways would do more to hurt the trucking industry’s productivity than help it, says the Truckload Carriers Association. That and more takes...

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Next round of truck emissions regs should go smoother than ’07-’10 round, EPA says at TMC

According to the EPA, the emissions standards set to be phased in over the coming decade will make the U.S. fleet the "most advanced" in the world.

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IRS to allow higher per diem for meal expenses for owner-ops starting Oct. 1

Truck operators starting Oct. 1 will be able to deduct up to $4 more a day from their yearly income for meal expenses. A change in IRS rules that goes into effect that day raises truckers’ per diem meal expense rates to $63 a day, up from the current $59 mark.

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Cat cutting up to 10,000 jobs, blames three straight years of falling sales/revenue

Cat blames lower than expected revenue in 2015 — $48 billion expected this year instead of the forecasted $49 billion — and another expected 5 percent drop in 2016 as reasons for the cost-cutting campaign.

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Champ of champs: A look at the 20 rigs vying for the Truckers’ Choice crown

Photos of the 20 rigs competing in the Truckers' Choice Pride & Polish 25th Anniversary contest.

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DOT: Entry-level Driver Training rule takes a step forward, Safety Fitness Determination coming this month

A federal rule proposal to implement minimum driver training and certification standards has moved a step closer to publication, according to a report published by the U.S. DOT last week.

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‘Restart snapback?’ Will FMCSA try to reinstitute 2013 restart rules after Sept. 30?

The current stay of enforcement of the 2013-implemented rules governing truckers’ use of a 34-hour hours-of-service restart could be removed as soon as Sept. 30, 2015, according to the text of the law that temporarily suspended the rules.

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E-log enforcement: Will it be ‘one strike, you’re out’? That and more from FTR conference

“It’s a mandatory regulation,” said former FMCSA head Annette Sandberg, meaning enforcers likely will drop a carriers’ safety rating to Unsatisfactory, giving them 60 days to comply with the rule or be shut down, she says.

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Truckstop.com revamps Trans4Cast weekly trucking market report

The weekly report offers analysis of spot market conditions and rates.

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