James Jaillet

NTSB says investigations ‘raise serious questions’ about FMCSA, asks for audit of agency

In light of four deadly crashes that it has investigated within the past year, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended to DOT head Anthony Foxx that FMCSA be audited on its oversight capabilities of motor carriers and trucking companies.

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Death in Arizona: Ultimate toll of distracted driving

Sad and somewhat horrifying news from Arizona this week reinforces the toll distracted driving can take on life and limb — and trucking's image.

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Pilot Flying J to pay $72 million in fuel rebate withholding settlement, court docs show

The total amount Pilot will dole out in its class-action settlement with trucking companies who sued the company over an alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme is $72 million, according to a petition Pilot submitted this week in court.

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Rates fall in all three segments in October

Per-mile spot market rates for all three segments — reefer, dry van and flatbed — fell in October, sticking with trends of 2012 and 2011, according to Internet Truckstop's monthly rate data, released this week.

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OOIDA asks Supreme Court to hear cross-border trucking case

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the group's case against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.

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On-highway diesel price continues sinking, down 12.4 cents since September

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell again in the week ended Nov. 4, dropping 1.3 cents to $3.857, according to the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

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Five from Overdrive: CSA site changes, inspection blitz results, autonomous trucks

The Nov. 4, 2013, episode of Five from Overdrive features stories about changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability website, results from the CVSA Brake Safety Week, what could come of autonomous cars and trucks and photos of the PDI Pride & Polish winners. The podcast is sponsored by U.S. Express. Call (888) 988-4348 to learn more about employment opportunities at U.S. Express.

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Inspection spree puts 2,700 out of service, sees all-time OOS rate low

Of the 20,067 commercial vehicles inspected in the September-held Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, 2,714 were placed out of service to produce a 13.5 percent out-of-service rate.

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‘Dreamsicle’, Skidmore continue victorious 2013 at PDI Pride & Polish

Familiar faces of both this year and yesteryear showed strong at the Overdrive's Pride & Polish portion of the PDI Dyno Event and Truck Show at Performance Diesel Inc.'s St. George, Utah, headquarters Nov. 1-2.

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Drug testing for truckers via hair progresses as Senate, House introduce bills

Companion bills that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to recognize hair testing as an option for carrier compliance of drug testing requirements for truck drivers were introduced this week in the House and the Senate.

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