James Jaillet

Total rebuild: Owner-op’s ’81 Pete 359

Russell Riano says he has “totally rebuilt” this 1981 Peterbilt 359 upon his 2005 purchase of the rig. When business got slow in 2005, he says, “I found this old 359 and went to town.”

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Trucking wins in restart fight, loses on insurance increase

Truck operators no doubt scored a victory this month when Congress voted to suspend the 2013-implemented changes to rules dictating the use of a 34-hour restart. But they lost elsewhere.

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DAT: Insurance increase would impact owner-ops most, increase not justified

An increase in the minimum amount of liability required for trucking companies would adversely affect owner-operators and smaller carriers at a disproportionate rate and may even force them to close shop, according to recent analysis from DAT Solutions.

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Diesel price plummets again, hits four-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel hit a four-year low in the week ended Dec. 22, 2014, falling 13.8 cents to $3.281, according to the DOE.

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14 suits against alleged defects of Navistar’s EGR-only engines consolidated

The suits against Navistar allege that the truck and engine maker knew that its 2008-2013 model MaxxForce engines had defects, yet the company concealed those defects form buyers and knowingly sold and marketed the products as otherwise, the suits allege.

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FMCSA publishes restart rollback notice, says it will publish another when rollback ends

Clearing up some grey area of the language of the appropriations law, FMCSA says it will issue another Federal Register notice when the rules "regain their legal force and effect," which will come no later than Sept. 30, 2015, and only after the agency has completed a study required by the law.

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Oilfield hauler’s Pete ‘in the ideal place’

Oilfield equipment hauler Jay Aid's 2010 Peterbilt 379 runs three different trailers for him, he says, including a double-drop with a detachable neck, a stretch trailer that can stretch up to 96-feet and a step-deck.

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Say goodbye to no-defect inspection reports — FMCSA’s officially eliminated them

FMCSA will publish Thursday, Dec. 18, a Final Rule that will eliminate the requirement that truck drivers keep and submit Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports when no defects have been found. The rule takes effect immediately.

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Pilot CEO asks court to toss lawsuits against him in fuel scam cases

Just a month after two carriers amended their lawsuits against Pilot to accuse the company’s head man Jimmy Haslam of leading the scheme to defraud carriers, Haslam has asked the court to dismiss the complaints against him.

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President signs restart rollback bill: Here’s what the law requires of FMCSA

President Obama Dec. 16 signed into law the appropriations bill that halts enforcement of certain hours of service provisions and requires an FMCSA study of the rules. Here's a look at how the bill directs FMCSA to conduct the study.

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