James Jaillet

Carrier to pay $262k to drivers fired for participating in FMCSA investigation

Gaines Motor Lines has agreed to pay $262,500 to four former drivers who the Department of Labor deemed to be fired in violation of federal whistleblower protection laws. This is lower than the original $1.07 million order from last year.

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Diesel price hits 9-month low

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another eight-tenths of a cent in the week ended Aug. 18, putting it at $3.835. That’s the lowest the national average price has been since the week ended Nov. 18 and the seventh straight week the average price has dropped.

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Navistar denied request to dismiss lawsuit over alleged engine defects

A federal court Aug. 18 ruled to deny a motion made by Navistar-International to dismiss one of the lawsuits brought against it over its EGR-only MaxxForce engine line, according to court documents.

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FMCSA wants industry’s help in producing ‘reg neg’ driver training rule

In an attempt to satisfy requirements of the current MAP-21 highway funding law, FMCSA says it is checking the feasibility of producing a required entry-level driver training rule as a “negotiated rulemaking,” or “reg neg.”

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Drivers, foreman awarded $953k after refusal-to-drive firings

Two drivers and a foreman for the Pontiac, Mich.-based Asphalt Specialists have been awarded $953,916 in back wages and damages after the Department of Transportation deemed they were wrongfully terminated for refusing to drive beyond federal hours of service limits.

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10 things to see, do and know for the Great American Trucking Show

The Great American Trucking Show starts this week (Aug. 21) and has plenty for drivers and owner-operators. As a primer for the show, here are 10 things you can see or do or should know for the show.

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Hours, brakes top out-of-service violations in this year’s Roadcheck inspection blitz

Of the 72,415 drivers inspected in this year’s Roadcheck inspection spree, 4.8 percent were placed out-of-service, and more than half of those were placed out-of-service due to hours of service or logbook violations.

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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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