James Jaillet

Informed protection: Know exactly what’s covered before you buy

Warranties for used trucks come in a wide range of prices, coverage and lengths. You can’t truly weigh the value of any particular warranty, though, unless you know what it covers – and what it doesn’t.

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Senate eyes promoting self-driving truck tech in autonomous-car bill approved by House

The House this week stamped approval on a legislative package intended to provide framework for manufacturers to develop and test self-driving cars. The Senate, however, may alter the bill to expand its provisions to cover self-driving trucks.

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Knight, Swift merger to close any day after stockholders approve deal

Shareholders for Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation, two of the country’s largest trucking fleets on course for a merger this year, have approved the deal made between the two companies. The merger is expected to close Sept. 8.

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Flatbed rates hit multi-year high in August as van, reefer slump pre-Harvey

The effects have Hurricane Harvey have pressed van and reefer rates higher to start September, but the two segments both saw declines overall in August from July, according to monthly rate data provided to Overdrive by Truckstop.com. Flatbed, meanwhile, hit its highest average in nearly three years in August, according to Truckstop.com’s data.

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House rejects ELD delay provision

An amendment brought to a 2018 appropriations package to stall the electronic logging device mandate’s enforcement date for at least 10 months was defeated in a vote on the House floor late Wednesday night.

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Van rates leap on heels of Harvey impact as freight patterns shift nationwide

Truck freight patterns nationwide have already been altered by the impact of Hurricane Harvey and its destructive landfall in southeast Texas late last month, according to DAT Solutions’ Mark Montague. Van rates have leapt in the past 10 days, and reefer rates this week have started to surge, Montague says.

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House to consider delaying ELD mandate this week

The U.S. House is slated to consider this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday, an amendment to halt enforcement of the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate at least through September 2018.

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Storms update: Florida suspends trucking regs ahead of Irma, Houston ports and major fuel pipeline reopen

Though the effects of Hurricane Harvey’s recent onslaught of Southeast Texas remain well in focus, another major hurricane is barreling down on the U.S., prompting Florida to extend trucking regulations ahead of Irma's likely weekend landfall.

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ELD delay, trucker break laws on Congressional docket in coming weeks

A few prominent trucking policy reforms could be on tap in Congress in the coming weeks and months as lawmakers return to Washington from their annual August recess. Most prominently, lawmakers could take up a bill — or a rider to a must-pass spending bill — to delay the compliance date of the looming electronic logging device mandate.

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Fuel haulers, relief load haulers exempt from hours regs in 26 states over Harvey disruptions

Hours of service regulations for truckers hauling gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, propane and other home heating fuels in 26 states have been suspended. The exemption also applies to carriers and drivers “providing direct assistance to the emergency in the States of Texas and Louisiana.”

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