James Jaillet

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

Owner-operator-founded RediTruck enters freight-matching program market

Launched last month at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas was a new automated freight-matching system, RediTruck, in which shippers and brokers post loads to the portal, owner-operators and carriers post their available capacity and the system automatically matches loads to carriers.

Read More

Hours of service changes on the docket as Congress reconvenes for fall session

Congress must take action this fall to prevent the 34-hour restart from falling out of hours of service code.

Read More

Reefer rates climbed in August, flatbed and van rates fell

Per-mile rates on the spot market mostly continued to tumble in August, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer rates were the lone bright spot in the month’s rates report, climbing 4 cents a mile. Dry van and flatbed rates both posted declines.

Read More

Trucking employment grew for second straight month in August

August is just the third month of the year in which trucking employment has grown. July’s gains were the first since January.

Read More

Truck speeds set to be governed: More insights into proposed DOT rule

More on the DOT's proposal to mandate speed governors on heavy-duty trucks: The speeds operators can expect to be limited to and the equipment that may fall under the mandate.

Read More

FMCSA denies inspectors’ request to rescind 30-minute break rule

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance filed a petition last year asking FMCSA to rescind the rule, saying it was difficult to enforce, allows greater opportunity for falsified duty logs and contributes little to on-highway safety. FMCSA, however, denied the petition, saying it disagrees with CVSA's assertions.

Read More

Several major truck, engine makers awarded $20M to build SuperTruck II

The DOE announced the SuperTruck II program earlier this year. The goal, it says, is to double so-called freight efficiency on Class 8 tractor-trailers by driving down fuel consumption. The program follows up on the original SuperTruck program, which handed out the same $20 million to major truck and engine makers in 2010 to improve fuel economy over 2009 tractor-trailers by 50 percent.

Read More