James Jaillet

Marten ordered to pay former driver $51k after firing him for refusing overweight load

The specific incident that led to Sinkfield’s firing occurred in May 2014, when he refused a load at a shipper’s facility because it was 40 pounds over the 80,000-lb. federal limit and several pounds over allowable axle limits. A judge found his firing, despite being related to several incidents, was wrongful, as the load refusal was protected by federal law.

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Spot market rates update: Van, flatbed sink in January while reefer sees small gain

Spot market rate averages in all three major truckload segments compiled from January transaction data.

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Rearview: Different times, similar problems

Overly picky roadside inspectors, untimely but necessary equipment repairs and a highway full of unseasoned truckers may sound like 2016 owner-operator annoyances. But as evidenced by these 1970s cartoons from Overdrive, they’re problems that have persisted for nearly a half-century.

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Aviation bill would reemphasize federal authority over states’ regulation of truckers’ hours, pay

A bill unveiled in the U.S. House’s Transportation Committee this week seeks to restrict state’s ability to regulate truckers’ on-duty time, such as required rest breaks, and could have an impact on driver pay reform efforts being conducted at state levels.

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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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