James Jaillet

Pilot sued by Ohio fleet, latest in post-settlement suits

FST Express, a Columbus, Ohio-based carrier, has become the latest trucking company to sue Pilot in the wake of federal allegations that the company intentionally and systematically defrauded diesel fuel customers out of owed fuel rebates.

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Questioning the logistics of the convoy in the capital (How many trucks, exactly?)

Whether the Ride for the Constitution protest has the widespread backing or the top-down organization to pull off a meaningful rally or produce any results is questionable, but have they actually considered how many trucks they need?

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Senate passes sleep apnea bill, president’s signature would make it law

The U.S. Senate passed last week the so-called sleep apnea bill, which would require that any action taken by FMCSA pertaining to sleep disorder screening come via formal rulemaking. The bill now moves on to President Obama for his signature.

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Video: From-cab view of 100 mph truck racing around road course

Video shot in the cab of a truck taking a few laps around a track in the Czech Republic. The truck racing series is set to make its way to the U.S. in 2015.

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Agency increases fines, strengthens out-of-service order authority

FMCSA — in compliance with the MAP-21 highway funding law finalized last year — has increased fines for several violations of its regulations and widened its authority to issue out-of-service orders.

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Dry van, flatbed rates drop in Sept., while reefer rises a penny

Reefer rates bucked the trend in September, being the lone standout to not experience a rate drop in the month, according to Internet Truckstops' monthly per-mile spot market rate data, released this week.

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Pilot close to ending manual rebate calculations, CEO says

Manual rebate calculations — the source of the fraud accusations against Pilot Flying J — are close to being eliminated at the company, said owner and CEO Jimmy Haslam in a prepared statement to the media last week.

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Sleep apnea bill clears House, awaits Senate approval

The bill that would prevent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from solely issuing guidance relative to sleep disorder/apnea screening of truck drivers has passed in the House.

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Sleep apnea bill moves closer to passage as Senate introduces version

The Senate has introduced its own version of the sleep apnea bill, which would require FMCSA to pursue a formal rule — rather than guidance — if any action is taken on sleep disorder screening.

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Cargo theft incidents, value jump in rolling three-month period

The total number of cargo thefts between June and August rose 5 percent to 202, while the value per load lost increased 9 percent to $166,454.

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