James Jaillet

Senator questions FMCSA’s CSA app, says scores need disclaimers

Fischer sent a letter to DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx last week, taking aim at FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and QCMobile’s role in making CSA’s percentile rankings more accessible to third parties and the public.

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Setting the trend: Pride & Polish spurred some of the major show truck trends in the last 25 years

Overdrive’s Pride & Polish – which not only provided the opportunity for custom truck builders to show off their work, but also served as a forum for custom ideas to breed – played a big role in driving the evolution of custom truck builds from simple bolt-ons to today’s modern show-stoppers.

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Big data changing the owner-operator insurance game, Progressive says

Simple formulas used in owner-operator insurance acquisition, such as driver health and age and number of out-of-service violations, soon could take a back seat to big data and more sophisticated algorithm-driven coverage and rates.

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Toll roads trend in recent decade as new toll mileage well outpaces total system growth

Tolled Interstate mileage grew by about 17 percent in the 2003-2013 time frame, while total Interstate mileage grew by just over 2 percent.

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OOIDA tries to join Teamsters’ case against FMCSA, cross-border trucking as intervenor

Following the Teamsters March-filed lawsuit against the Department of Transportation over its expansion of the cross-border trucking, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association this week announced it seeks to join the driver union’s litigation.

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Diesel continues downward streak, at lowest point in over 5 years

The U.S.’ average price, now at $2.784, has fallen 16 cents since the week ended April 6. The price is also the lowest since February 2010.

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Truckers, start your engines: The Meritor ChampTruck World Series is bringing truck racing back to the U.S.

The new Meritor ChampTruck World Series, which will bring a true big-rig racing circuit back to the United States for the first time in nearly 30 years, will pit roughly a dozen trucks in 10 races nationwide this year.

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FMCSA’s hours-of-service restart study: Congressman writes DOT to note concerns about trucker participants

Hanna’s letter includes four key points to Foxx and FMCSA that he says should be considered for the study, including — perhaps of most concern for the study’s efficacy — ensuring selection of drivers that “are truly representative of the industry,” Hanna writes.

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Reefer, van, flatbed all see rate increases in March

That’s the first across-the-board rate increase since June 2014 and at least a temporary bright spot in an otherwise rocky 8-month period, with gross rates largely trending downward in that time period and gains built up prior erased.

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Trucking employment tumbles in March, in line with other data

Trucking’s employment backslide came as the economy as a whole also slowed its employment gains, adding just 126,000 jobs in the month.

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