James Jaillet

‘Chrome all over': Flatbedder’s ’07 Classic

Phoenix-based Jim Zermeno’s 2007 Freightliner Classic is a jack of all heavy-haul trades. Zermeno hauls construction materials like copper, steel beams and pipes, as well as oil field equipment, axles, scissor lifts, oversized loads and more. “We have put chrome all over it,” he says, “in and out. Also, some wood cabinets.” He runs the truck in 15 states, running from California to Michigan and back. Click here to upload a photo of your truck.  

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Diesel still projected to average less than $3 in 2015

In the January issue of its STEO report, the DOE forecasts the price of diesel will average $2.83 a gallon in 2015 — 2 cents lower than its projection in the January report and 3.5 cents lower than the average in the most recent week.

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FMCSA extends comment period on CSA crash accountability report

The public comment period for the DOT’s study on the feasibility and potential impact of implementing crash weighting or “crash accountability” into CSA rankings has been extended 30 days.

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Diesel price rises for second straight week

The U.S. average diesel price rose for the second consecutive week for the first time since June 2014.

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Pot of gold: Tanker-hauling Freightliner

“I had just put the decals on it, and I pulled it out of the garage and the rainbow appeared,” says owner-operator Ron Stroke. “So I took a picture of it — I thought it was pretty neat.”

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Cargo theft warning: Thieves breaking into trailers at truck stops, ‘pilfering’ contents

Cargo thieves have been breaking seals on trailers, opening the trailer doors to check contents, deciding whether the goods are valuable and targeting items “easily fenced,” FreightWatch says.

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E-log, speed limiter mandates delayed, DOT says in latest regulatory report

The DOT has pushed back projected publication dates for several major trucking regulations expected this year, according to its monthly rulemakings report. Here are the dates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to publish each.

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Pete for All Season’s: Bulk carrier’s working show rig

All Season’s Trucking out of Dubuque, Iowa, uses this ‘09 Peterbilt 388 to haul road salt, fertilizer, rock, sand and grain.

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Pilot Flying J denied motion to dismiss lawsuits in fuel rebate withholding case

A federal judge said in the 77-page order — which denied motions by Pilot to dismiss the suits — that two of the carriers have made “plausible claim that the Pilot defendants committed at least some fraudulent acts.”

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Hours-of-service frustrations, CSA concerns make their way into Foxx’s highway funding visit to House

In the midst of the highway funding talk, lawmakers took the opportunity to air their concerns to DOT head Anthony Foxx about hours-of-service rules, cross-border trucking, CSA and more.

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