James Jaillet

Pilot asks court to consolidate fuel rebate lawsuits, hearing set for March 27

A judicial panel will hear argument Thursday, March 27, on a request by Pilot Flying J to consolidate seven of the remaining 17 lawsuits against the fuel provider and truck stop chain and transfer them to a federal court in East Tennessee.

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Diesel price continues surge, tops $4 for first time in 11 months

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel in the week ended Feb. 24 breached $4 for the first time since the week ended March 25, 2013, according to the DOE, who reported the price of diesel rose 2.8 cents nationally to $4.017.

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Onboard recorder mandate set to miss another publication date

The long-expected re-release of the DOT rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (also known as Electronic Onboard Recorders) seems poised to once again miss an expected date of publication.

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Tightened fuel economy regs: OOIDA warns of higher truck costs, ATA and truck makers generally supportive

OOIDA says increased fuel economy standards will drive up the price of new trucks, while one trucking researcher says the cost of overall truck ownership will drop, despite the price increase. Truck makers, too, say they support increasing fuel use standards for trucks.

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Proposed drug and alcohol driver database rule published, FMCSA accepting comment

FMCSA published Feb. 20 its proposed rule for establishing a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test — dubbed the Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse — and the agency is accepting public comment on the proposal until April 21.

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Diesel price spikes again, hits highest point in nearly a year

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel continued its recently began steep climb in the week ended Feb. 18, edging close to the $4 mark – a threshold it hasn't been over since the week ended March 25.

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Mexican trucking association wants $30 billion from U.S. for alleged non-compliance with NAFTA

A Mexican trucking trade association has reportedly filed arbitration action against the U.S. and wants $30 billion, saying the U.S. has not fully complied with the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement by not fully opening its borders for truck trade.

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Obama orders tightened fuel efficiency, emissions standards for post-2018 trucks

President Obama will order the EPA and the DOT to produce a rule by March 2015 to once again tighten fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas emissions standards, calling for technological innovation and alt fuels to help lead the way.

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Diesel price still expected to fall 20 cents through 2014, 2015

The Department of Energy has once again upwardly revised its forecast for 2014's average diesel price, pushing it up another 2 cents to $3.83 — still a 9-cent drop from 2013's average — in its Short Term Energy Outlook. 2015's price is expected to fall a dime, too.

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‘Hot fuel’ cases dismissed, giving victory to fuel providers in 7-year-old lawsuits

Nearly all of the outstanding lawsuits against fuel providers in the "hot fuel" cases have been dismissed by plaintiffs, as 22 lawsuits were dropped against 15 fuel providers.

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