James Jaillet

Speed limiters, liability insurance hike rules see action, move closer to publication

A rule to require the use of speed limiters on trucks and a rule increasing the minimum insurance requirements for carriers both were sent to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation last week. Both proposed rules are expected to be published this year.

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Photos: How gliders come to be

Note: This story is part of a larger package on glider kits and their viability for owner-operators. Click here to see the main story.  Fitzgerald’s plant in Byrdstown, Tenn., specializes in putting engines and transmissions into the glider bodies, says Tommy Fitzgerald. It receives engines from a Fitzgerald plant in Kentucky, where the company tears down old trucks. Once the engines have been inspected and the blocks are approved for remanufacturing, they’re shipped to the Tennessee ...

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Senate bill aims to promote natural gas adoption in long-haul trucking

The Senate this week introduced its version of a bill to cut natural gas-powered trucks a break, as it would give them an exemption to federal truck weight standards as a means to mitigate the weight of nat gas tanks and to prevent natural gas adopters from being at a competitive disadvantage.

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Clarification: EPA’s clearance for Calif. enforcement of aero device regs applies to trucks, too

An EPA ruling clears CARB to enforce aero add-on requirements on 2011-2013 year-model tractors with integrated sleepers, in addition to the trailer requirement reported earlier this week.

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Photos: Pride & Polish National Championship competitors square off this month

A year’s worth of shining, polishing, waxing and wiping comes to a head this month at the Great American Trucking Show, where four trucks will emerge as the 2014 Overdrive’s Pride & Polish National Champions. Here are the 20 trucks in the running.

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Diesel price continues to tumble, down another cent

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell a cent in the week ended Aug. 11 to $3.843. That’s the sixth straight week the national average price has dropped and the lowest the price has been since the week ended Nov. 18.

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CARB can enforce rule requiring aero add-ons to trailers, EPA says

CARB has been granted permission by the federal government to enforce its requirement that trailers in the state be equipped with certain EPA-verified aerodynamic equipment.

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ATA lawsuit against NY use of toll revenue thrown out over procedural problem

ATA’s class-action suit against the New York Thruway Authority and its practice of shifting toll Thruway toll revenue to upkeep the state’s canal system has been thrown out, as a federal judge in the state’s Southern District ruled Aug. 6 to dismiss the case.

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To save turbo, keep oil clean – and your foot light

Turbochargers are sensitive pieces of equipment and are abused many times during everyday driving conditions. They are put through hell — Here's how to help yours survive.

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Cargo thieves’ new tool: ‘Jammers’ that scramble tracking devices

Cargo thieves seem to have a new tool at their disposal, according to FreightWatch International, who says two recent incidents “may indicate the beginning of a trend” for those looking to steal trailers or their contents.

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