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Articles by James Jaillet

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at jjaillet@randallreilly.com.

Rates report: Reefer ticks up to start year, flatbed and van continue to sag

Spot market rates in all three segments in January continued their trend of lackluster showings, with van and flatbed both falling a few cents per ...

Bill seeks to rein in states’ ability to regulate hours-of-service, driver pay

The language in the FAA bill would prohibit states from requiring truckers to comply with state-enacted hours regulations. It also would exempt carriers from state-enforced ...

Indicators: Fleets ‘on solid ground’; freight gets post-storm boost

Latest trucking economic reports: A fleet sentiment survey offers some insights into carriers' perspectives about 2016's outlook truck orders continue their recent roller-coaster ride and ...

Swift hit with another driver-brought lawsuit over alleged maintenance negligence

The lawsuit stems from a November 2012 incident in which former Swift trucker Jessica Baca claims she suffered “significant and permanent injuries” to her hands, ...

Autonomous update: Obama, DOT call for $4B investment to ‘accelerate’ self-driving vehicle development

Two recent news items out of the White House show at least some interest in a unified approach to managing the advent of the autonomous ...
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Indicators: Winter conditions stymie freight demand; shippers conditions OK — for now

January's experiencing its usual winter-blamed drop in freight demand, while conditions for shippers -- based on fuel prices, truck rates and capacity -- remain neutral, ...

NACFE releases report, website to help fleets make more informed fuel efficiency investments

The report’s goal is to help truck buyers wade through the complexities of fuel economy testing and fuel efficiency claims to make more informed buying ...

Despite ‘just say no’ strategy, voluntary compliance program a win for small biz truckers, group says

Large carriers do stand to benefit from a potential federal program to reward carriers for voluntary safety investments or other “beyond compliance” initiatives, says Joe ...

Indicators: Tonnage, freight demand rise, conditions for carriers poised for take off

Monthly truck tonnage is hovering near an all-time high, and conditions for 2016 appear strong for carriers, barring potential threats to freight demand. Here are ...

Rates report: Van and flatbed climb, reefer continues downslide

Van and flatbed rates in December rose, albeit slightly, for the first time since June 2015, according to monthly spot market rate data from Truckstop.com, ...

Confirmation hearing set for Scott Darling, nominee to head FMCSA

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 ...

Small carriers lambaste ‘beyond compliance’ program, argue it should center on driver training

Many commenters said safety technology, while not to be dismissed, shouldn’t replace proper driver training as the best way to improve highway safety. Small carrier ...