James Jaillet

2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Builders Class Bobtail: From ‘ratted out’ to rat rod

Following a few years off from the showing his small fleet’s trucks, Minnesota-based aggregates hauler Jonathan Eilen said he wanted to “come back and make a statement” on the Pride & Polish circuit this year. Just six weeks after qualifying, Eilen left GATS with his statement made and a National Championship trophy in hand.

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Rates, especially in the west, to spike due to major maritime carrier bankruptcy

Last week on the spot market, the load-to-truck ratio for outbound loads in the Los Angeles area shot up to about 7 load postings on DAT’s load board per one truck posting. The average is about two loads to one truck. The recent imbalance in loads to trucks puts upward pressure on rates.

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Forecasters: Trucking’s autonomous revolution is nigh, and it may be prickly

Transportation forecasters and top brass at truck OEs sent a message to the trucking industry in recent weeks: Autonomous trucking is coming, and its revolution will likely have a greater impact on the industry than deregulation of the early 1980s.

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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Builders Class Combo: A father’s special truck build

The Virginia-based small fleet owner says he’s been writing down ideas for an autism-dedicated truck build for years. When Manuel picked up a brand new ‘15 389 glider from Fitzgerald last year, he set to work right away, tearing the truck down and prepping it to actualize his list of ideas.

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Carriers spent more on driver wages, less on fuel in 2015, according to report

For the first time since ATRI first published its annual Operational Costs report, fuel spending was not carriers’ most expensive per-mile line item. Driver wages took the crown in 2015.

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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Limited-Mileage Combo: Jordan Jay takes the family mantle

Jay’s company, Jay Transport out of Rigdy, Idaho, hauls specialized over-length shipments on the West Coast. The fleet runs 23 trucks total, most of them leased owner-operators. But the seven fleet trucks owned by Jay himself all sport the two-tone look. “It’s kind of my thing,” he says. “My dad kinda had his theme, and I have my theme. I wanted it to be similar -- classy and clean just like his, but in my ...

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Hours reform left out of Senate bill, 34-hour restart future still uncertain

Reports indicated lawmakers would use the bill to fix a “legislative glitch” initiated last December that could remove the 34-hour restart from hours-of-service regulations, meaning truckers could not use a restart if they wanted. But the Senate bill, made public Thursday, includes no such fix.

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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Working Bobtail: The original ‘Icon’

The 2015 Kenworth W900 Icon shown jointly by Kyle Cousins and Sid Calangelo is a rarity on the show circuit simply by way of being an Icon. However, Cousins’ KW is even more of a rarity: It’s the first-ever Icon edition built by Kenworth, numbered 000.

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2016 Pride & Polish National Champion, Working Combo: Joe Regalado’s 2000 Pete doubles up

Regalado has only entered two shows -- last year’s GATS and this year’s. “I showed it last year for the first time, and we won Best of Show. I go back this year to the nationals and win. I’m spoiled now,” he says. Profiling the winners of 2016's Great American Trucking Show Pride & Polish...

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U.S. DOT initiates regulatory framework for autonomous trucks

The proposed policy initiative comes as both traditional automotive makers and tech giants march increasingly closer to readying such technology for public use.

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