James Jaillet

Agency to publish rule to strengthen ability to shut down carriers with ‘pattern’ of unsafety

FMCSA is set to publish a proposed rule that will allow it to suspend or revoke the authority of motor carriers who have been found to have a pattern of "egregious disregard" for federal safety rules, rather than relying on results of compliance reviews alone.

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Study of truck driver health shows cluster of high-risk factors for chronic diseases

A survey of nearly 1,700 long-haul truck drivers showed a "constellation of chronic disease risk factors" in long-haul drivers, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, physical inactivity and sleep duration.

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Pilot says it’s paid 95% of 5,500 trucking companies in its $85M settlement

Pilot Flying J said this week that by Dec. 31, 2013, it had paid 95 percent of the companies it owed money to in its $85 million settlement with 5,500 trucking companies that an Arkansas court approved in November.

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Synthetic marijuana to be classified as controlled drug, illegal for drivers to possess

The DEA announced it will classify synthetic marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, thereby making truck operators who use synthetic marijuana and fail a drug test as no longer disqualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

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Diesel price falls in one of biggest weekly price drops in nearly a year

The price of diesel in the week ended Jan. 13 fell 2.4 cents from the week prior week to a national average of $3.886. The 2.4-cent drop is the third largest since April 2013.

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Kenworth, Freightliner issue recalls for some ’13, ’14 model trucks

Certain 2014 Kenworth trucks may have a tail light defect, while Freightliner Cascadias made between December 2012 and November 2013 could have faulty wiring in their electronically controlled air suspension.

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Lawsuit against Pilot Flying J, alleged fuel rebate withholding dismissed

A federal court in Alabama has dismissed parts of a lawsuit against Pilot Flying J that allege the company engaged in racketeering and violated deceptive trade laws.

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Electronic log mandate rule expected this month, along with driver database rule

A proposed rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices is expected to be published by FMCSA Jan. 29. The rule implementing a drug and alcohol clearinghouse of truck drivers is expected to be published Jan. 31.

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Pilot, Western Express reach settlement in fuel rebate withholding suit

Pilot Flying J has reached a settlement with Western Express in a lawsuit in which the carrier said Pilot's alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme cost it $75 million in expenses and debt.

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FMCSA makes med card retention extension official: Drivers must carry paper copy until 2015

Drivers must continue to carry paper copies of their medical examiner's certificate until Jan. 30, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Jan. 10.

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