James Jaillet

Safety board recommends trucks be connected to avoid crashes

NTSB has made recommendations to other DOT agencies in response to a truck and school bus crash. One of them is that all vehicles on the road be connected via wireless technology.

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Road Hawg: Juan Ibarra’s 1989 Pete 379

Juan Ibarra picked up his 1989 379 in near-junk condition from its previous owner in spring 2008. By November it was winning awards at shows across the country.

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E-logs, driver database, vehicle reports on FMCSA’s agenda

An rule mandating use of electronic logs is still slated to be proposed in November, the DOT said this week. It also expects to publish the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule later this year.

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Class members have until Oct. 15 to opt out of Pilot settlement

Those affected by the rebate withholding will receive a check automatically, Pilot says, without action. However, those who want to opt out of the settlement must do so by Oct. 15.

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Agency clears phones, GPS systems for use as bypass transponders

Smartphones, tablets, global positioning system navigation units and onboard telematics devices have all been cleared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for use as transponders in commercial trucks

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Video: Yamko’s custom Peterbilt 388

Yamko Truck Lines fleet manager John Gonzales talks about his fleet's No. 136, a shipping container hauler that has a part-time gig winning trophies at Pride & Polish shows.

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Pilot settles to repay owed funds with interest, CEO says checks issued

Pilot Flying J has reportedly settled the nearly 20 class-action lawsuits filed it against it, while owner and CEO Jimmy Haslam said in an open letter to customers that Pilot has audited all accounts and issued repayment checks.

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Greening America’s fleet: The effects of EPA’s regulations on exhaust emissions

Infographic details how federal emissions standards implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have reduced the amount of NOx and particulate matter from trucks and equipment.

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FMCSA issues guidance on breaks in on-duty time

The guidance comes on the heels of the July 1 effective date of hours of service rule changes and clarifies guidance it says has an "effect of discouraging drivers from taking breaks" or documenting them in their logs.

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Owner-operator sues Pilot over rebate withholding

A New Hampshire owner-operator filed a lawsuit earlier this week against truck stop giant Pilot Flying J, saying he "suffered economic damages" in Pilot's alleged fuel rebate withholding scheme.

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