James Jaillet

7 U.S. reps back carriers’ request to hasten drug testing change

The April 25 letter from seven members of Congress asks FMCSA to allow 13 large carriers to skip urine tests in favor of hair sample tests “as soon as HHS issues its guidelines and before FMCSA subsequently completes its rule-making process” regarding hair sample testing.

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Video: Toyota’s hydrogen-powered tractor shows off acceleration in race vs. diesel truck

To tout the rig as a capable diesel replacement, Toyota shortly after debuting the tractor released the video below, showing a simulated drag race in which the Mirai-powered KW races a diesel-powered Kenworth. See how it competed in the video here...

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Carrier claims Amazon fraudulently skimped on payments

Central Freight filed its lawsuit in a U.S. district court April 27. The carrier claims Amazon owes Central $2.4 million in past due payments and nearly $1 million for services Amazon withheld but was was contractually required to award to the carrier. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

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Truckers, enforcers warned by TSA about truck-ramming terrorist attacks

“Terrorist organizations overseas have advocated conducting vehicle ramming attacks...against crowds, buildings and other vehicles. It is likely that terrorist groups will continue to encourage aspiring attackers to employ unsophisticated attacks such as vehicle-ramming,” according to the report.

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Congress again slows deployment of wireless roadside inspections, House clears Obamacare overhaul

The measure builds upon Congressional intent in recent years to slow progress on a national wireless roadside inspection until the U.S. DOT answers certain questions for lawmakers. Also, an update on where Obamacare repeal efforts stand after House action this week.

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Kenworth adds WABCO OnGuardActive collision mitigation system as option for T680

The system features forward collision warning, collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control. It uses audible, visual and short brake pulse warnings to alert the driver of a possible rear-end collision and brakes when necessary.

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Rates find solid footing in April, flatbed soars

Per-mile spot market rates for all three major truckload segments -- dry van, reefer and flatbed -- rose in April, according to data from Truckstop.com. The gains are in line with seasonal trends, but they could also reflect the beginning of a rate swell predicted by trucking analysts to occur this year.

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Celadon, facing $10 million operating loss, wants to scale back reliance on owner-operators

About 1,000 owner-operators worked for the company in 2015, according to data from the CCJ Top 250. Celadon said Wednesday it plans to focus less on recruiting and using owner-operators and instead will “emphasize company drivers” in an effort to boost the company’s profitability.

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Knight-Swift merger cleared by FTC

The FTC has granted approval to the merger of two of the country’s largest truckload carriers, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation. The merger, which will create a truckload giant made up of about 30,000 power units, was announced last month, with the deal expected to close sometime this summer.

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Listen: Trucker Talent winner Jason Lee Wilson talks Dallas jam session

2016 Trucker Talent Search winner Jason Lee Wilson appeared on Eric Harley's Red-Eye Radio show Monday. The duo talked last year's contest, Jason's Axle Out Pro-produced music video, the friendships he's built with the other Talent finalists and more. Overdrive and Red-Eye Radio are accepting nominations for this year's contest.

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