James Jaillet

U.S. DOT initiates regulatory framework for autonomous trucks

The proposed policy initiative comes as both traditional automotive makers and tech giants march increasingly closer to readying such technology for public use.

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Pushing the limit: In-depth look at the arguments for and against DOT’s truck speed limiter mandate

Proponents’ key point is that capping truck speeds will reduce the number of truck-involved crashes. Opponents of the rule argue the opposite regarding safety, saying that the resulting speed differential between trucks and other vehicles would put all drivers at greater risk. More on both arguments here...

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Used truck prices poised to continue to fall until 2020, analyst says

Given the high truck build rates in 2014 and 2015, the market for 3- to 5-year-old tractors is set to be flooded in the coming few years, a supply-side force that will continue to put downward pressure on used truck prices, said Arrow Truck Sales President Steve Clough.

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Rates could see a big boost in 2017 and 2018, forecasters say

The combination of major trucking regulations like the DOT’s electronic logging device mandate and the EPA’s coming emissions standards, increasing fuel costs and a boost in manufacturing will likely lead to an industry capacity crunch and a big increase in rates, said forecasters this week.

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Trucking attorney: Court appears likely to side with FMCSA in ELD court challenge

"The panel was very suspect of the arguments that OOIDA was making and seemed to be much more in favor of the attorneys of the agency,” said transportation attorney Tim Wiseman of the Sept. 13-held oral arguments made in the ELD court challenge.

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Diesel dips another fraction of a penny

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell for the second straight week -- albeit, only slightly -- during the week ending Sept. 12, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

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ATA also asks for extension of speed limiter comment period, says rule ‘dramatic departure’ from request

The American Trucking Associations has filed a request with the Department of Transportation asking it to extend the 60-day comment public comment period on the DOT's recent proposal to require speed governors on heavy-duty trucks. The carrier lobbying group joins the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in making such a request.

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OOIDA: Speed limiter rule comment period too short

The owner-operator trade group says its members need more than the current 60-day comment period to “adequately respond” to regulators proposed rule to require trucks weighing more than 27,000 pounds to use a speed governor that limits truck speeds to an undetermined speed, likely 60, 65 or 68 mph.

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Despite changing emissions regs, ‘Gliders are here to stay,’ says Fitzgerald rep

“We’re confident we’ll be able to test our products and meet the new standards,” says Fitzgerald's Stu McLaughin of the looming Phase 2 emissions standards set by the EPA and the DOT. Fitzgerald has already started research work to set its benchmark to begin working toward compliance with the new regs, he says.

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Rearview: Covering custom

Workhorses increasingly became show horses in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with style-minded owner-operators turning to aftermarket lights, chrome, graphics, paint and more to convert their rigs into things of beauty. Overdrive began covering the trend and started the first major truck beauty show, Overdrive’s Pride & Polish, in 1991.

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