James Jaillet

Bye-bye CSA scores? Another group calls for removal of public carrier rankings

The Transportation Intermediaries Association has become the latest organization to call on the DOT to remove from public view the carrier percentile rankings in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability trucking regulatory program, saying it has “serious concerns” about the scores’ methodology and correlation (or lack thereof) to crash risk.

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Checking in with ChampTruck competitor Allen Boles on his small fleet’s prep for upcoming truck races

Jupiter Enterprises’ owner, manager and driver Allen Boles has been hard at work prepping his 15-truck fleet’s two Peterbilt entrants for the upcoming Meritor ChampTruck World Series truck races, which kick off later this month at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. I had the chance this week to talk to Susan Boles, Allen’s sister, about the coal haulers’ progress on the racers and other prep with just a week remaining until they venture from their Weaverville, ...

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House bill would up fuel taxes to pay for highways, tie rate to inflation

The U.S. House this week introduced a bill that would tie the current flat rate fuel tax to inflation as a long-term highway funding measure and appropriate an immediate $12 billion to the Highway Trust Fund to ensure short-term solvency.

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E-log mandate rule still slated for Sept. publication, speed limiter mandate delayed

Two major federal regulatory changes looming for the trucking industry have been delayed again, according to the latest rulemakings report from the Department of Transportation. A final rule to mandate electronic logging devices, however, is still forecasted to be published in September, the report says. Here are the latest dates projected by the DOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for significant rulemakings expected this year: Electronic logging device mandate: The forecasted date for a Final ...

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Roadcheck 2015 inspection spree set for early June, CVSA releases checklists for drivers, carriers

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, has been scheduled for June 2-4.

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Senator questions FMCSA’s CSA app, says scores need disclaimers

Fischer sent a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx last week, taking aim at FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and QCMobile’s role in making CSA’s percentile rankings more accessible to third parties and the public.

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Setting the trend: Pride & Polish spurred some of the major show truck trends in the last 25 years

Overdrive’s Pride & Polish – which not only provided the opportunity for custom truck builders to show off their work, but also served as a forum for custom ideas to breed – played a big role in driving the evolution of custom truck builds from simple bolt-ons to today’s modern show-stoppers.

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Big data changing the owner-operator insurance game, Progressive says

Simple formulas used in owner-operator insurance acquisition, such as driver health and age and number of out-of-service violations, soon could take a back seat to big data and more sophisticated algorithm-driven coverage and rates.

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Toll roads trend in recent decade as new toll mileage well outpaces total system growth

Tolled Interstate mileage grew by about 17 percent in the 2003-2013 time frame, while total Interstate mileage grew by just over 2 percent.

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OOIDA tries to join Teamsters’ case against FMCSA, cross-border trucking as intervenor

Following the Teamsters March-filed lawsuit against the Department of Transportation over its expansion of the cross-border trucking, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association this week announced it seeks to join the driver union’s litigation.

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