James Jaillet

Homemade heavy hauler: ’96 Peterbilt 377 gets the job done

Corsicana, Texas, resident Randy Harris re-built this 1996 Peterbilt 377 a few years ago into a heavy hauler. He added special inserts, a new steer axle, a new transmission, a fourth axle, a double-locking fifth wheel and a nine-ton winch.

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FMCSA wants you: Agency looking for drivers for hours-of-service study

The DOT’s trucking regulator is looking for a few good drivers to participate in the field study tied to December’s restart rollback law, the agency announced this week.

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FMCSA officially opens authority application process for Mexican carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officially began Jan. 15 accepting applications for Mexican carriers to apply for authority to operate in the U.S. beyond the commercial border zone.

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Depressed diesel prices here to stay? DOE says 2015 average to be under $3

Crude oil is expected to remain low — and so is diesel. 2015's average price could be $1 lower than 2014's, according to the Department of Energy's latest forecast.

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NTSB asks trucking regulators to require sleep apnea screening, collision mitigation tech

NTSB has asked FMCSA to implement several rules related to medical requirements for truck operators, mandates for use of crash avoidance tech on trucks and trailers and a nationwide ban on electronics use while driving.

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Old restart rules vs. new: FMCSA expects to begin study this month

FMCSA must study the groups for five months and will assess things like crashes and near crashes, operator fatigue and alertness and health of the drivers.

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Speed limiter mandate rule expected to see action soon, carrier scoring rule still months away

The DOT stuck with its projected June publication date of a Safety Fitness Determination rule in its latest rulemakings update, and it still expects to send a speed limiter mandate proposal to the White House for approval early next month.

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After latest drop, diesel could be one week away from falling below $3

The U.S. average diesel price has now dropped 8 straight weeks and 26 of the last 28. It’s also dropped more than 55 cents in the last 5 weeks.

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Opening the border: Data on Mexican carriers ‘robust,’ FMCSA says; trucking groups split on decision

Readers note their concerns about Mexican carriers undercutting U.S. carriers. Also, FMCSA clarifies the data it used to make its decision.

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FMCSA opens border: Mexican carriers will be allowed to apply for U.S. operating authority

The move comes less than three months after the end of the agency's cross-border pilot program, that data from which has been questioned by the DOT Inspector General.

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