James Jaillet

Rearview: From risqué to recognition

Despite the fact that each issue featured hard-charging long-form articles and opinion pieces organizing trucker strikes and taking on powerful lobbyists and unions, many covers in Overdrive’s first two decades sported a softer subject: the monthly Overdrive’s Date Master.

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Fitzgerald Gliders to sponsor Team Penske NASCAR Mustang, Bristol-held Xfinity series race

Fitzgerald Glider Kits announced March 17 it will sponsor the No. 22 Ford Mustang in NASCAR's Xfinity Cup series for four races this season. It also announced it will be the titles sponsor of the Bristol Motor Speedway Xfinity series race, now set to be called the Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300.

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders advocates rail system to ‘take trucks off the roads’

It’s unclear whether he meant all trucks or just some trucks, but speaking this weekend, presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, running as a Democrat, told a crowd of supporters the U.S. could do “incredible things” like building a rail system to “take trucks off the roads” if he’s elected president.

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34-hour restart fix left out of FAA extension bill

Hopes that Congress would undo a provision passed in December that could kill the 34-hour restart entirely came up empty when the House's Transportation Committee unveiled the aviation-focused legislation Thursday.

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Senate FAA bill skips language on state regulation of truckers’ hours, pay reform

The Senate’s Commerce Committee late Wednesday unveiled its version of a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that, unlike its counterpart in the House, does not include trucking-specific language on state regulation of truck drivers’ hours of service and pay.

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Ready, set, truck: Second season of ChampTruck truck racing series begins next month

The second season of the ChampTruck World Series truck racing circuit begins next month, with two race weekends scheduled on the East Coast. Eight additional races are scheduled to follow the two April events, eventually leading to the series’ Las Vegas finale in late October.

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Rates took a nosedive in February, major segments drop nearly a dime each

February’s rate declines were the continuation of about a now 18-month-long trend, as flatbed, reefer and van rates have steadily fallen since peaking at record highs in mid-2014. Here are the latest per-mile numbers for each.

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FMCSA announces sleep apnea ‘pre-rule,’ wants feedback from carriers, drivers on apnea prevalance

The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls the request for feedback the “first step” in a potential sleep apnea rule for the trucking industry. Here are the topics the agency wants input on from trucking industry stakeholders.

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Judge orders prosecutors to disclose millions of docs, hundreds of hours of recordings to Pilot Flying J defendants

That evidence could include, according to court documents, “hundreds of millions of pages” of documents, along with more than 200 hours of recordings produced by FBI informants working at Pilot during the federal investigation.

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Trucker pay has plummeted in the last 30 years, analyst says

Here's how much truck operators would have made on average last year had trucker pay kept up with inflation since 1980.

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