James Jaillet

DOT: Little data exists to make sound decision on truck size and weight changes

The DOT on Friday issued a report saying it does not have enough data about truck size and weight to be able to make recommendations to Congress or regulators about changing the current truck size and weight laws.

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25 for 25: Troy Huddleston’s butterfly-doored Freightliner

In the seventh week of our countdown of 25 of our top custom rig videos, here's Troy Huddleston's 1991 Freightliner Classic-FLD, which has some of the more unique touches on the show circuit today.

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THUD update: House retains provision barring FMCSA from increasing insurance minimums, still no Senate bill

With Congress returning from its roughly two-week Memorial Day recess, work likely will resume in the coming week on 2016 appropriations bills for the DOT. And those bills could earn the trucking industry a few regulatory victories.

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Trucking adds another 8,600 jobs, could hit 8-year employment high this month

The for-hire trucking industry's employment numbers in May rallied following two months of slow or no growth, adding 8,600 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Don't look now, but next month's data could hold the highest trucking employment total in nearly a decade.

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Navistar continues to gain financial ground, reports $64 million loss in second quarter

Navistar reported a multi-million dollar loss in the second quarter of 2015, but the truck and engine maker continues to make strides toward the being back in the black.

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Video, photos: Brit races original ChampTruck Freightliner to victory in truck racing circuit’s third race

Vidoes, photos and more from last weekend's ChampTruck races.

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NHTSA publishes Final Rule requiring trucks made in 2017 and beyond to be equipped with stability control systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration June 3 published a Final Rule requiring that all trucks made Aug. 1, 2017, and after be equipped with electronic stability control systems that prevent vehicle rollovers.

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Obama weighs in on hours of service rollback, says it may be cause for veto

The White House released a policy statement this week saying the bill's further entrenchment of the restart rollback and other trucking regulatory changes included in 2016's DOT funding bill are potential hang-ups for presidential approval.

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Cameras in place of rearview mirrors: Daimler asks DOT to allow it

Citing it as a way to improve aerodynamics and gain more flexibility in creating new technologies, Daimler Trucks North America, parent company of Freightliner and Western Star, has petitioned the U.S. DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking it to allow camera-monitor systems as a compliance alternative to rearview mirrors.

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Roadcheck 2015 inspection spree set for next week, here’s CVSA’s checklists for drivers, carriers

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, is scheduled for next week.

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