James Jaillet

Another Swift trucker brings lawsuit claiming maintenance negligence by carrier caused severe injuries

A former Swift Transportation driver has filed a lawsuit against the mega-fleet seeking payment for medical expenses and lost wages she claims were caused by negligent maintenance practices by Swift.

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Video: Phil Miller’s award-winning custom cow hauling 2015 Pete 389

Owner-operator Phil Miller discusses the finer points of the centerpiece to his cattle hauling operation: His 2015 Peterbilt 389 and matching Wilson livestock trailer.

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ELDs and trucker harassment, Part 1: What FMCSA’s new mandate does to protect truckers against harassment

In this three-part series, Overdrive examines anti-harassment measures in the DOT's December-published electronic logging device rule. Topics include the rule’s anti-harassment provisions, privacy of truckers’ records and the harassment complaint process.

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Cummins opts out of 2016 MATS, joining all major NA truck makers

Cummins announced Jan. 21 it too will forgo exhibiting at the 2016 edition of the Mid-America Trucking Show, joining all major truck manufacturers in opting to skip the annual trucking trade event. It will, like the others have announced, return to the show in 2017, the diesel engine maker said in its announcement.

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‘After Midnight’ custom Pete 389 glider comes by way of power pair of truck builders

Fitzgerald Glider Kits brought the ideas and the plan, and Rabbit River Transport’s Eric Hassevoort brought the truck, the will to show it and years of experience to the custom build of “After Midnight,” a 2015 Peterbilt 389 working show truck.

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Required 34-hour restart study finished, advances to next step, says FMCSA boss

A Congressionally required study of truck operators and FMCSA’s 2013-instituted 34-hour restart regulations has been completed and is now under review by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary, said Scott Darling, nominated administrator of FMCSA.

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Second take: Owner-operators stand to benefit from ‘beyond compliance’ program

“If you lose, why wouldn’t you at least try to get the best deal possible? FMCSA is being asked to think outside the box. Owner-ops and small businesses should too," says Joe Rajkovacz. "It would sure be nice to find out some ideas from truckers out there not buying into the gospel of ‘Just say no.’”

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Van, flatbed rates ticked up in December to end five-month decline, reefer rates continue tumble

Per-mile sppt market rates in van and flatbed segments climbed a penny in December, while paid reefer rates fell three cents, according to Truckstop.com data.

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Family of late show trucker, fleet owner Bill Hall Jr. to pay $160k to settle truck grant dispute

Hall’s 130-truck aggregate-hauling fleet, Bill Hall Jr. Trucking out of San Antonio, was well known on the show truck circuit as an annual contender at major Pride & Polish shows. He was killed in October 2013 after the motorcycle he was driving crashed when it was struck by his wife’s SUV.

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FMCSA administrator nominee Scott Darling to begin Senate confirmation process next week

Nearly six months after being nominated by President Barack Obama to head the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on a permanent basis, T.F. Scott Darling will face his first confirmation hearing next week, according to a press release from the Senate’s commerce committee.

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