James Jaillet

Kenworth adds WABCO OnGuardActive collision mitigation system as option for T680

The system features forward collision warning, collision mitigation and adaptive cruise control. It uses audible, visual and short brake pulse warnings to alert the driver of a possible rear-end collision and brakes when necessary.

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Rates find solid footing in April, flatbed soars

Per-mile spot market rates for all three major truckload segments -- dry van, reefer and flatbed -- rose in April, according to data from Truckstop.com. The gains are in line with seasonal trends, but they could also reflect the beginning of a rate swell predicted by trucking analysts to occur this year.

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Celadon, facing $10 million operating loss, wants to scale back reliance on owner-operators

About 1,000 owner-operators worked for the company in 2015, according to data from the CCJ Top 250. Celadon said Wednesday it plans to focus less on recruiting and using owner-operators and instead will “emphasize company drivers” in an effort to boost the company’s profitability.

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Knight-Swift merger cleared by FTC

The FTC has granted approval to the merger of two of the country’s largest truckload carriers, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation. The merger, which will create a truckload giant made up of about 30,000 power units, was announced last month, with the deal expected to close sometime this summer.

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Listen: Trucker Talent winner Jason Lee Wilson talks Dallas jam session

2016 Trucker Talent Search winner Jason Lee Wilson appeared on Eric Harley's Red-Eye Radio show Monday. The duo talked last year's contest, Jason's Axle Out Pro-produced music video, the friendships he's built with the other Talent finalists and more. Overdrive and Red-Eye Radio are accepting nominations for this year's contest.

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Trump proposes tax cut for owner-operator businesses

It’s unclear how many single-truck owner-operator businesses would be affected by the tax cut, as many owner-operators already are in or below the 15 percent bracket.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, OOIDA still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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Toyota to test hydrogen-powered big rig at LA ports this summer

It’s powered by two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, giving the drayage truck more than 200 miles per fill under normal operation, the company says. The rig, based on a Kenworth T660, can haul loads up to 80,000 pounds, Toyota says.

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Analyst: Swift-Knight merger will have little effect on driver force, operations

The merger of two of the continent's largest and most prominent trucking companies, Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation, won't impact the jobs of the nearly 30,000 combined drivers employed by the two companies, a transportation financial analyst told Overdrive last week.

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Texas to require intrastate drivers to use ELDs by 2019, other states to follow

Texas has updated its hours of service code to require intrastate truckers to use electronic logging devices to record duty status. Truck operators in the state must begin using the devices by Dec. 19, 2019. Though Texas appears to be the first state to issue an ELD requirement for intrastate truckers, other states will likely soon follow.

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