James Jaillet

DOT to consider requiring auto-braking systems

A Department of Transportation agency this week said it has begun work to determine whether it will pursue a federal rule to require new trucks to be equipped with crash avoidance systems that automatically break without driver input.

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Heat map: Where rates were hottest last week

The data here shows the average per-mile rate for each state based on verified transactions on Truckstop.com’s loadboard, encompassing van, reefer, flatbed and specialized loads. The rates shown here are averages of the rates paid to carriers from Oct. 5-11.

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Rates continued to tumble in September, all three major truckload segments decline

Average per-mile rates on the spot market in all three major truckload segments fell in September from August, according to data from Truckstop.com, following up on big drops seen in August. Here are the numbers.

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Four more rigs qualify for ‘15-’16 Pride & Polish championship

Four more show trucks and their owners earned their way into the Pride & Polish National Championship finals this weekend at the PDI Truck Show & Dyno Event Pride & Polish, held Oct. 11-12 in St. George, Utah, at PDI headquarters.

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Watch out in the Midwest — Diesel prices rising rapidly due to refinery problems

Indiana alone has seen a 8.2-cent a gallon increase since Wednesday, and Ohio has seen a 7-cent jump in its average fuel price in the last 24 hours.

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Mega-carrier Celadon purchases 850-truck Tango Transport, Tango laying off 80 workers

Celadon Trucking has purchased certain equipment-based assets of truckload carrier Tango Transport. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tango, an 850-truck carrier, also has notified the Louisiana Workforce Commission that it will be laying off up to 80 workers.

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Driver pay to continue to rise, ATA says in report that asserts industry short 50k drivers

Driver pay will likely continue to rise in the coming decade as fleets work to attract new drivers to the industry to fill the gap of an alleged driver shortage that could grow to as high as 175,000 in the next 10 years, says ATA in a report released this week.

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Hours rules suspended in Carolinas following historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin

Drivers hauling relief or emergency loads in North Carolina and South Carolina have been granted a temporary waiver of hours-of-service rules and size and weight limits.

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For-hire trucking industry loses 4k jobs in September

August and September join March as the only months to see month-to-month declines in trucking industry employment, following a year (2014) in which no month posted fewer trucking jobs than the month prior.

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Georgia truckers challenging Peach State’s use of fuel taxes for non-highway spending

The Georgia Motor Trucking Association, J&M Tank Lines, F&W Transportation and Prolan Logistics filed the suit earlier this month, arguing all revenue obtained from state and locally collected fuel taxes should be spent “for public roads and bridges or road construction and maintenance."

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