James Jaillet

Rule to increase carrier liability insurance minimum coming as FMCSA sends rule to White House

A rule proposal to increase the minimum amount of liability insurance carriers must have has been sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the final stop before the rule is published.

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Diesel price continues plummet, at multi-year low

The country's average diesel price is at its lowest point since June 2012, thanks to 11 straight weeks of price drops.

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Wal-Mart: Tracy Morgan, others not wearing seat belts in June truck crash

Wal-Mart has denied negligence allegations brought in a recent lawsuit by Tracy Morgan and others involved in a June 7 crash. The private carrier and retail giant also claims Morgan and other plaintiffs weren't wearing seat belts when the crash occurred.

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Cargo theft risk still high, FreightWatch says; Theft data for June-August

Between June and August, 182 cargo thefts were recorded in the U.S., according to cargo-theft prevention firm FreightWatch International. Moreover, FreightWatch’s report says the risk level for cargo theft in the U.S. remains high.

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Former Pilot Flying J president targeted by prosecutors in fuel rebate scam, report says

Federal authorities are investigating former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood over his potential involvement in the fuel rebate withholding case that has rocked the company the last year and a half, according to a local news report.

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Diesel price falls another 2.3 cents, still at multi-year low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another 2.3 cents in the week ended Sept. 22 to $3.778, according to the DOE. That’s the lowest average diesel price since the week ended July 16, 2012, and the 12th straight week that the price of diesel has either dropped or remained flat.

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House introduces bill directing FMCSA to fix CSA, remove scores from public view

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House to require FMCSA to remove from public view the carrier rankings and scores produced in the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program from public view.

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DOT, FMCSA sued for not producing driver training rule in last 20 years

A coalition of highway safety and labor advocates have brought a federal lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and FMCSA for not heeding Congressional requirements to produce an entry-level driver training rule.

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Drivers’ case against Wal-Mart Trans. over unpaid on-duty time gets class-action certification

A federal court in California has ruled a lawsuit brought by drivers against Wal-Mart Transportation may proceed as a class-action lawsuit. The driver plaintiffs claim that between 1993 and now, they did not receive the minimum wage required by state law, nor were they allowed to take their state-required meal and rest breaks.

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DOT: Proposed speed limiter rule coming in Feb., insurance increase next month

A federal regulation upping the amount of liability insurance carriers must have is still slated to be published as a proposed rule next month, while the department’s rule to require use of speed limiters on heavy trucks and its Safety Fitness Determination rule are now projected to be published as proposed rules in early 2015.

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