James Jaillet

Trucking under Trump: Opportunities for hours reform, overhaul of FMCSA regulatory process

While the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate is likely shielded from interference from President-elect Donald Trump, Republican control in Washington gives the industry hope for a loosened and more accountable regulatory environment, industry groups said in recent weeks.

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Owner-operators have one more week to give DOT feedback on speed governor mandate

Truckers have until 11:59 pm. on Dec. 7 to file formal feedback with the U.S. DOT on its proposal to require nearly all Class 8 trucks to use speed limiters. See the link here to file a comment.

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Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash enters program to avoid jail time, clear record

Kevin Roper, the truck operator involved in the high-profile 2014 New Jersey Turnpike crash that killed comedian James McNair and severely injured actor-comedian Tracy Morgan, has agreed to a deal with the state of New Jersey to avoid jail time and have his record cleared of the vehicular homicide charges stemming from the crash.

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Walmart truckers land $55 million settlement for non-driving time pay

Walmart Transportation has been ordered by a federal jury to pay 850 current and former truck drivers a total of $55 million in back pay. Of note to truck operators, the company was ordered to pay $44.7 million for federally stipulated 10-hour off-duty periods.

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Rearview: 17 years of FMCSA oversight

Long before FMCSA’s creation in 2001, Overdrive had been a watchdog of trucking regulation. In the 17 years of FMCSA’s existence, Overdrive has covered the agency’s tracks, from major regulations governing hours to warnings about e-cigarettes.

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Autonomous trucks pave way for hours reform and more, but major roadblocks remain, says ATRI

“Truck driving as a career may become more attractive as Level 3 and Level 4 trucks are commercially available. Automation may relieve some of the stress and monotony of driving long hours and...could allow drivers to work on tasks such as logistics while the vehicle is moving,” ATRI says. “The ability to rest while driving in the Level 4 environment could enable drivers to be at home more often rather than parked at distant ...

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OOIDA to ask for new hearing on ELD challenge

If the 7th Circuit denies OOIDA’s request for a rehearing, the group will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, OOIDA Executive VP Todd Spencer says.

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OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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Trump promises big on highway funding, could open door to more tolls and privatization

Trump said on the campaign trail he wants $1 trillion invested in U.S. infrastructure. Though he was mum on specifics, he did say he intends to incentivize private businesses to invest in infrastructure projects by offering them tax breaks. Such privatization of U.S. roads could lead to more tolls, says OOIDA's Todd Spencer. And: Readers react on regs promises.

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Final tally: Trucking gave $160k to Trump campaign, $6.3M overall in political contributions

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) was the industry’s top recipient, scoring more than $169,000. President-elect Donald Trump was second, drawing $161,703. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ranked third, receiving $114,256.

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