James Jaillet

Rates sink as capacity rises, fuel prices drop

Rates in all three segments — reefer, dry van and flatbed — fell from December, according to Internet Truckstop’s data. Fuel prices may be the biggest culprit in rates’ downward trend.

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Roughly $25M settlement reached in ‘hot fuel’ cases: Here’s who’s included

Preliminary approval has been granted to the nearly $25 million settlement struck last year between fuel providers — such as Exxon, Love’s and BP — and fuel buyers, both diesel and gasoline, in the ongoing “hot fuel” lawsuits, originally filed in 2006.

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Something out of nothing: Owner-op’s 2000 Peterbilt 379

Dayton, Tenn., resident Calvin Nichols Jr. has put more than 2 million miles on this 2000 Peterbilt 379. Nichols' dedication and hard work have kept the one-truck business alive through the tough economy, says his girlfriend Marcy Greer.

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Highway funding action hot of late: Foxx tells Congress ‘to hell with politics’; Lawmakers readying proposals

Sec. Foxx pleaded with members of the Senate this week to discontinue the trend of short-term highway funding patches in favor of long-term bills. Two more highway funding proposals were unveiled this week.

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Effective Jan. 30, drivers can ditch paper copies of medical cards upon med cert renewal

Truck operators will no longer be required to carry paper copies of their medical certification cards beginning Friday, Jan. 30, as the certification will have been integrated into drivers’ CDLs, FMCSA is expected to announce this week.

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Infographic: ATA makes plea to Congress for higher fuel taxes, better highways

Inflation, better fuel economy and increased costs of labor and construction “have eroded…the purchasing power” of the Highway Trust Fund, ATA says, adding that increasing fuel taxes would help mitigate the revenue shortfall. Infographic included.

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Trucking groups on FMCSA’s crash accountability study: Incomplete data in CSA still inexcusable

NASTC, ATA, OOIDA and most readers lodge displeasure with FMCSA's crash-fault analysis, while some readers suggest the feds may have it right in reticence to rely on police reports to assess fault.

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Driver pay: Survey shows truck operators prefer percentage pay over mileage, hourly packages

Survey says: Truck operators who receive pay based on a percentage split are generally more satisfied with their jobs than those who are paid based on hourly or mileage pay, according to survey results released this week.

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Diesel downturn continues as price nears half-decade low

The U.S. diesel price has now fallen 11 consecutive weeks and 28 out of the last 30 weeks. It’s also more than a dollar lower than than the same week a year ago.

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Senate highway bill could be unveiled soon

Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) may soon unveil a highway funding bill that would direct money to the struggling Highway Trust Fund from taxes on companies’ overseas earnings, according to a report.

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