James Jaillet

FMCSA to begin field testing wireless roadside inspection tech next year, looking for participants

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s testing of wireless roadside inspection technology will enter its third and final phase in December 2015, when it will over the course of a year perform roadside inspections of logbooks, licenses and more as trucks continue to move at highway speeds.

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Gliding 359: Reader’s cement-hauling ’87 Pete

Owner-operator Randy Zink is the third owner of this 1987 Peterbilt 359. He bought the truck from a friend and uses it to haul cement to oil fields.

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Spot market rates remain hot despite September declines

Per-mile rates on the spot market fell in September in both dry van and flatbed segments, but reefer saw a small uptick. Rates in all three segments remain well above the same month last year.

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Truck driver in deadly Oklahoma truck-bus crash didn’t brake, perform evasive maneuvers

The operator of a Quickway Transportation truck that left a northbound Interstate lane Sept. 27 and entered the southbound Interstate lane and subsequently collided with a bus — killing four college-age women — did not brake or perform any evasive maneuvers, according to preliminary work done by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Rule to increase carrier liability insurance minimum coming as FMCSA sends rule to White House

A rule proposal to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the final stop before the rule is published.

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Diesel price continues plummet, at multi-year low

The country's average diesel price is at its lowest point since June 2012, thanks to 11 straight weeks of price drops.

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Wal-Mart: Tracy Morgan, others not wearing seat belts in June truck crash

Wal-Mart has denied negligence allegations brought in a recent lawsuit by Tracy Morgan and others involved in a June 7 crash. The private carrier and retail giant also claims Morgan and other plaintiffs weren't wearing seat belts when the crash occurred.

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Cargo theft risk still high, FreightWatch says; Theft data for June-August

Between June and August, 182 cargo thefts were recorded in the U.S., according to cargo-theft prevention firm FreightWatch International. Moreover, FreightWatch’s report says the risk level for cargo theft in the U.S. remains high.

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Former Pilot Flying J president targeted by prosecutors in fuel rebate scam, report says

Federal authorities are investigating former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood over his potential involvement in the fuel rebate withholding case that has rocked the company the last year and a half, according to a local news report.

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Diesel price falls another 2.3 cents, still at multi-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another 2.3 cents in the week ended Sept. 22 to $3.778, according to the DOE. That’s the lowest average diesel price since the week ended July 16, 2012, and the 12th straight week that the price of diesel has either dropped or remained flat.

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