James Jaillet

NTSB says FMCSA oversight, hands-free phone usage to blame for violent 2013 crash (with video)

FMCSA should restrict the hands-free use of portable electronics and lapsed in its oversight of a problematic carrier, according to a recent report by NTSB, who says both factors contributed to a May 2013 truck/train crash that caused a train derailment that led to an explosion.

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Beauty shots of PDI Pride & Polish winners: Four top rigs gleam in the desert

The fifth and final stop of the 2014 Overdrive's Pride & Polish circuit wrapped up last weekend in St. George, Utah, at the PDI Dyno Event and Truck Show. Here are beauty shots of the show's four winners.

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Insurance increase rule, speed limiter rule running behind FMCSA’s projected schedule

File this under “no news can sometimes be news” — Two trucking-related federal rules in the works have missed projected schedules for their advancement through the rulemaking process.

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FMCSA amends hours rules for fuel haulers in emergency situations

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has finalized changes to federal safety regulations that will allow certain state-issued emergency declarations to supersede federal hours-of-service regulations.

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Diesel price continues near 4-month downslide, remains at 28-month low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell 4.2 cents in the week ended Oct. 20 to $3.656, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report, marking the 16th week in a row without an increase.

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A few lights show photos and a full winners list from PDI Pride & Polish

The PDI Dyno Event and Truck Show Pride & Polish — 2014's final Pride & Polish show — wrapped up Sunday. Here's a few photos from the event's light show and the full list of winners.

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PDI Pride & Polish winners: Rethwisch’s ‘Blood, Sweat and Gass’ picks up another win, along with other repeaters

Four more trucks punched their tickets to compete in the 2015 Pride & Polish National Championship, including Bill Rethwisch's reigning winner 'Blood, Sweat, and Gass' and two other Pride & Polish regulars.

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On the road again: Retired owner-operator’s ’05 Kenworth

Ronnie Brees sold his former Kenworth in April 2011 and considered retiring from trucking. But just two months later, “I was missing the road and started looking for another truck,” he says. He found this 2005 Kenworth W900L in August 2011, and he leased to Landstar with the rig on a dedicated run hauling Navistar engines from Huntsville, Ala., to Springfield, Ohio, and back. The truck is powered by a 550-hp C-15 Caterpillar and an ...

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Photos: 20 European show trucks sporting chrome, lights, graphics

Roughly 200 show trucks showed up last weekend to the European truck racing finale in Le Mans, France, including several dozen American-style cabs. Check out some of them here.

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Protect your exhaust flange by keeping the throttle in check

I teach people to drive as if there's an egg between their foot and the throttle. Flanges take abuse, and that is why there is flex-pipe in all exhaust systems: to help alleviate the torque of both the engine and your right foot.

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