James Jaillet

FMCSA speeds work on raising carrier insurance minimums, slows on Safety Fitness scoring rule

The prospect of a proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule coming this year seems to have diminished, as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made its work on producing a rule raising the minimum amount of liability insurance for carriers a higher priority, according to projected rule publication dates in a recent DOT report.

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Top rigs to show at Pride & Polish’s Tennessee stop this week

The 2014 Overdrive’s Pride & Polish circuit continues its nationwide truck beauty show tour July 18-19 in Crossville, Tenn., off Interstate 40 at Fitzgerald Glider Kits’ parts and sales facility.

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Diesel price falls again, hits one of lowest averages since January

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell in the week ended July 14 to $3.894 a gallon, according to the government. This is the second straight week the price of diesel has dropped and the lowest the price of diesel has been since January, save for two weeks in June.

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Pilot Flying J agrees to $92 million criminal settlement in fraudulent fuel rebate case

Pilot Flying J has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to resolve the criminal investigation into the company's fraudulent rebate withholding scheme, agreeing to pay a $92 million fine. That's in addition to the $85 million civil settlement from November.

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Suit against Walmart in Tracy Morgan crash claims carrier violated hours rules, ‘negligent’ in oversight

Four survivors of the June 7 New Jersey Turnpike truck crash that left comedian James McNair dead and actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition are suing Walmart Transportation, claiming the private carrier was "careless and negligent" in its oversight of drivers and equipment, which led to the crash, the lawsuit alleges.

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Drivers allowed state-assured rest breaks in California, court says

A federal appeals court ruled this week that motor carriers are not exempt from California state law requiring mandatory paid breaks for workers, overturning a ruling made by a lower court that had exempted motor carriers and opening the door for similar challenges, both in California and elsewhere.

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Class-action lawsuit accuses Navistar of knowingly selling defective engines

A class-action lawsuit filed July 10 by three trucking companies against Navistar-International echoes claims of similar lawsuits filed this week: The truck and engine maker knew its EGR-only MaxxForce engines had defects and Navistar concealed those problems from buyers.

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Smartphone, tablet logging apps no longer require printing or manual signatures, FMCSA says

Digital logs produced by smartphone, tablet or computer apps no longer have to be printed and signed manually by drivers, according to new guidance on digital logs issued by FMCSA.

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A new ‘alt’ fuel? GTL turns nat gas into usable diesel

Shell's gas-to-liquid plant takes natural gas and turns it into a form of diesel that can be dropped into diesel engines already on the road. But it's cleaner, quieter and has a higher cetane rating.

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Photos: What a Chinese truck stop is like

In a recent trip to Shanghai, China, for Shell Lubricants' annual global media event, we were treated to a visit to a Chinese truck stop outside of town. And as you can guess, it was a good bit different than your average American stop.

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