James Jaillet

21,000 Peterbilt, Kenworth trucks recalled due to potential door latch, seat belt defects

Paccar, parent company of Peterbilt and Kenworth, has issued two recalls for more than 21,000 Kenworth and Peterbilt model trucks for potential defects related to the door latch assembly on some trucks and the seat belt assembly on others.

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Hours of service exemptions for propane haulers extended to March 1

The hours of service waivers issued for propane haulers in the South, East and Midwest have been extended to March 1, pushed back from their previous end date of Feb. 11.

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Upping fuel economy for trucks would yield savings for consumers and boost economy, report says

The average U.S. household would save about $250 a year if medium- and heavy-duty trucks in the U.S. cut their fuel consumption by 50 percent, according to a recent report.

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Rates fall in January but see big year over year gains

Rates in all three segments dropped in January from December, but all are up double digits from the same month in 2013.

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CSA works and is not biased against small carriers, FMCSA report concludes

Coming on the heels of a government-issued report saying CSA's scoring method is faulty and unfair, FMCSA has released a study concluding the opposite: The system does work to identify carriers who pose the greatest crash risk, the agency says.

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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication coming for light vehicles, could loom for trucks

Regulations are coming that would require manufacturers of light vehicles to place vehicle-to-vehicle communication devices in new cars and trucks, DOT announced this week. It also said these regs could influence similar requirements for large trucks.

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Diesel price spikes 4.7 cents in second largest weekly gain in a year

The national average diesel price in the week ended Feb. 3 spiked 4.7 cents to $3.951, the largest week to week increase since Sept. 2 and the second largest in nearly a year, when the price rose 5.3 cents in the week ended Feb. 18.

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Hours of service waivers for propane haulers extended to Dakotas, Florida

Propane haulers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Florida now are temporarily exempt from federal hours of service regulations, per two declarations issued this week by the FMCSA. Regional waivers now cover more than two-thirds of the U.S.

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Trucking groups question FMCSA hours study, Congressman says it’s ‘worthless’

Rep. Richard Hanna called FMCSA's study "worthless," while OOIDA says it is skeptical of the agency's findings. ATA says the study does not provide any justification for the rules.

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FMCSA concludes new hours of service rule better for safety in its long-awaited study

In its long-awaited field study on the current hours rule, FMCSA has concluded that the two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period requirements of the 34-hour restart provisions of the rule cause truck operators to drive safer and be better rested.

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