James Jaillet

ChampTruck racing abruptly shutters 2016 season, new Bandit Series aims to revive it

The ChampTruck World Series truck racing circuit has abruptly ended its 2016 season, which was set to continue through the end of October. A newly formed truck racing circuit, the Bandit Big Rig Series, has picked up ChampTruck's competitors and race trucks, however, and has plans to hold several races this year.

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Spot market freight soars in most recent week, driving rates slightly higher

Load availability shot up 34 percent on the spot market in the week ending June 13, according to weekly spot market data provided by Truckstop.com. The jump in freight volume, coupled with a Roadcheck-caused decline in truck availability, drove Truckstop.com’s weekly Market Demand Index to its highest reading of the year, signaling a strong swing in spot market favor ability toward owner-operators.

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FMCSA on ELDs: Longtime ‘government supervision’ of trucking justifies privacy intrusion

Relative to ELDs potential to infringe on truckers’ privacy, FMCSA argues that’s simply part of being a truck driver. Trucking has a “‘long tradition of close government supervision,’” the agency says, citing a 1987 court decision. Truckers should have a lower expectation of privacy while on the job because of it, FMCSA’s lawyers argue in their court brief.

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Video: Sights and sounds from Shell Rotella SuperRigs truck parade, lights show and Tony Justice concert

Highlights from Shell Rotella SuperRigs' annual truck parade, which featured downtown staging of dozens of the country's top show trucks, along with a truck lights competition, fireworks show and concert by trucerk/singer-songwriter Tony Justice.

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DOT chief: CSA scores likely to remain hidden for two years pending required changes

“Based on our preliminary assessment, it’s going to take a while to do the revised analysis,” Foxx said, referring to the changes in the CSA score methodology called for by Congress in the 2015 FAST Act. “We expect it to take a year or two, probably more like two, before that information (CSA SMS rankings) will be posted back up.”

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Court strikes down Calif.’s emissions regulations compliance options for owner-operators

A California Superior Court ruled last week to strike down several 2014-made amendments to the state’s strict emissions rules. The amendments meant to give compliance flexibility to owner-operators and other small fleet owners who may have trouble affording equipment upgrades or add-ons to bring their trucks into compliance.

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’88 Pete takes top billing at SuperRigs

Show truck vet Jake Lindamood and his 1988 Peterbilt 379 heavy hauler picked up the Best of Show nod this weekend at the 34th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs working show truck beauty contest, besting a crowded field of 89 participants throughout the weekend's three days of festivities.

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Photos: Top working show trucks on display in Joplin at Shell Rotella SuperRigs

A sampling of the working show trucks on display at this year's Shell Rotella SuperRigs event, where owner-operators and small fleet owners are vying for the contest's $10,000 top prize and spots in next year's SuperRigs calendar.

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Photos/video: SuperRigs takes over downtown Joplin with truck parade, Tony Justice concert, fireworks show

Dozens of custom Class 8 working combos and bobtails convoyed through Joplin, Mo., Friday night, eventually taking over the city's downtown streets with a four-hour block party that featured live music from trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice, an hours-long truck lights contest and fireworks show. Shell Rotella hosted the event, as part of its annual SuperRigs truck beauty contest

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Video: Truckers rally in Tallahassee, two arrested

The ralliers said they were protesting low rates and working conditions for drivers, high insurance costs and brokers' lack of transparency with truck operators. Two truckers were arrested during the protests for blocking an intersection.

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