James Jaillet

FMCSA’s liability insurance questions: Before rulemaking, agency asks trucking about premiums, adequacy of coverage, self-insurance and more

Carriers have until Feb. 26 to offer their formal input on FMCSA's request for input on a potential liability insurance increase. Here are some of the topics and questions the agency is seeking trucking’s input on.

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FMCSA publishes official notice of insurance increase consideration, looking for industry input

FMCSA announced Nov. 26 it is seeking trucking industry input on a potential rulemaking that would increase the $750,000 minimum amount of liability insurance motor carriers must have.

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Online trucking trends: Study shows industry’s top topics in social, digital media

More than 80 percent of online activity was dominated by three topics: safety and health; recruitment and employment; and regulatory issues.

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Diesel drops another 3.3 cents, down nearly 30 cents in recent months

This is the second week on a row the national average has fallen, marking 19 out of the last 21 weeks that the price has seen a week-to-week decline.

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Group seeks exemption from 30-minute break rule for oversize/overweight load haulers

The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association has asked FMCSA to grant drivers carrying loads that are oversize or overweight an exemption to the the 30-minute break requirement of the 2013 hours of service rule.

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Trucker cited for over-height load in 2013 I-5 bridge collapse

The May 2013 truck-bridge collision that caused a portion of Interstate 5 to fall into the Skagit River in Washington was in part due to a load too tall for the truck carrying it, according to a report released this week by the Washington State Patrol.

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Love’s opens new Wisc., Utah stops

Love’s Travel Stops announced Nov. 20 it has opened two new stops, one in Salina, Utah, and one in Fond Du Lac, Wis.

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ELDs vs. harassment: Carrier groups purport benefits for drivers, OOIDA questions FMCSA study

Upon the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s recent conclusion that use of electronic logging devices contributes little to harassment of drivers by carriers, at least one industry group has called the agency’s methodology suspect, while others say — FMCSA’s study aside — ELDs can actually help drivers battle harassment issues. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said in a statement about the agency’s report that it disagrees with FMCSA’s conclusion that harassment via ELDs is “a negligible ...

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Another group of household goods haulers applies for special-cases extension of 14-hour window

A trade group representing household goods carriers has applied for an exemption to certain provisions of federal hours of service regulations, citing the need for drivers to be able to return to a safe and appropriate place to park following deliveries.

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Pilot Flying J’s fraudulent fuel scheme started at the top, amended lawsuits claim

Two of the remaining carriers suing fuel provider Pilot Flying J have amended their lawsuits to allege that the company’s CEO, Jimmy Haslam, “instructed” employees to cheat diesel fuel customers out of fuel rebates.

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