James Jaillet

New Bandit big rig racing circuit hits tracks next month, offers $50k per race

A new racing series featuring Class 8 trucks in oval track races starts its first full season next month in North Carolina. The Bandit Big Rig Series, which offers a total purse of $50,000 at each event, will host 13 races this season, culminating in a finale in late October in Cordele, Ga.

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Big carriers’ revenues and profits shrunk in 2016

Owner-operators weren't the only segment of the industry that struggled with tough freight conditions and poor rates in 2016. Some of the country's largest fleets saw their revenue and income take a hit too, according to earnings reports issued in recent weeks by large publicly traded trucking companies.

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Truck speed limiter mandate, emissions regs part of lawsuit against Trump two-for-one regs order

Three left-leaning groups hope to block Trump's recent order, citing truck safety regulations like a recently proposed rule to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks, as reasons why.

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As N.J. adds 3rd party CDL testing, national efforts loom on CDL skills test delays

Delays in CDL skills tests are a prominent lobbying agenda item for the Commercial Vehicle Trainers Association, who says CDL applicants sometimes must wait two to three months after their training to receive a skills test by their state.

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FMCSA will leverage driver training data to gauge behind-the-wheel minimum, CVTA says

Recent hurdles aside, including calls from various groups for FMCSA to issue a supplemental rule to add a time-based behind-the-wheel requirement, the rule likely will remain as-is through its 2020 implementation date, says Don Lefeve, head of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

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Trump, trucking and regulations: Takeaways from the first two weeks of the Trump Administration

Speed limiters, driver training, ELDs and more -- If the barrage of Trump news has left you a little dizzy, here’s a quick look at the key trucking-specific happenings from the new administration in its first two weeks.

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Trucking industry employment falls for first time in 6 months

Trucking industry employment totaled 1.4625 million, up from last January’s 1.4554 million.

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DOT report on fatal 2016 Tesla crash with tractor-trailer blames limitations of Autopilot mode

NHTSA concluded the car’s operator, who died in the collision, was leaning too heavily on the car’s driver assist systems, which failed to brake when a tractor-trailer crossed the road in front of the car.

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Trump’s halt on regulations the ‘death knell’ for truck speed limiter rule

Trump's regulatory reluctance -- and a recent memo to federal agencies ordering them to halt new regulations -- could be the end of the U.S. DOT's quest to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

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Reefer rates surged in January, van’s months-long rally ends

Reefer and flatbed rates climbed in the first month of 2017, according to monthly per-mile spot market rate data from Truckstop.com. Van rates, meanwhile, fell 3 cents a mile in the month, ending the segment’s four-month rally.

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