James Jaillet

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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Diesel price continues downward spiral, still at lowest point since mid-2012

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell again in the week ended Sept. 15, according to the Department of Energy, who reported it as down another 1.3 cents to $3.801.

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Household goods movers seeking exemption of federal hours-of-service req’s

A trade group representing household goods movers has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to exempt its members of the 14-hour cap placed on drivers daily hours-of-service limits.

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If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway

You’ve heard the old axiom “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Many owner-operators seem to follow that rule, but you shouldn’t get caught up in that mindset: It’s much more economical to maintain an engine and truck than it is to replace parts because of neglect.

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Diesel price holds, still at lowest point in more than 2 years

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel did not change in the week ended Sept. 8 from the week prior, remaining at $3.814. That’s the lowest national average price since July 2012, following nine straight weeks of drops.

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FMCSA extends remote new entrant audit test, to add auto-fail functionality

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be testing a new automatic failure feature for new entrant audits and will be extending its testing of off-site new entrant audits until December.

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