James Jaillet

DOT: Entry-level Driver Training rule takes a step forward, Safety Fitness Determination coming this month

A federal rule proposal to implement minimum driver training and certification standards has moved a step closer to publication, according to a report published by the U.S. DOT last week.

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‘Restart snapback?’ Will FMCSA try to reinstitute 2013 restart rules after Sept. 30?

The current stay of enforcement of the 2013-implemented rules governing truckers’ use of a 34-hour hours-of-service restart could be removed as soon as Sept. 30, 2015, according to the text of the law that temporarily suspended the rules.

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E-log enforcement: Will it be ‘one strike, you’re out’? That and more from FTR conference

“It’s a mandatory regulation,” said former FMCSA head Annette Sandberg, meaning enforcers likely will drop a carriers’ safety rating to Unsatisfactory, giving them 60 days to comply with the rule or be shut down, she says.

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Truckstop.com revamps Trans4Cast weekly trucking market report

The weekly report offers analysis of spot market conditions and rates.

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Watch out for ‘robust regulatory agenda’ in Pres. Obama’s last 16 months

Though many of the regulations have been in the works before President Obama took office in January 2009, pressure is on to get new rules published before he leaves office, she said.

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Electronic logging device mandate delayed, still could come soon; speed limiter rule expected next week

The rule will take effect two years following its publication, the date by which fleets, owner-operators and drivers must be using electronic logging devices that satisfy the rule’s requirements.

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The highway fund ticker says: Congressional action on CSA, highway funding hit with cold water

Though the Trust Fund ticker says one thing, the state of roads in this country says another. And that should be the real benchmark for the need for a robust, long-term highway bill, not the jingle of the coins in the Highway Trust Fund when rattled.

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The deep south is hot — for rates

Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas registered the hottest last week for outbound truckload rates, averaging $2.39, $2.46, $2.45 and $2.49, respectively. See the full heat map here.

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Chevron: Next-gen engine oils still set to hit market in late 2016

The “rules of the game” for next-gen engine oils, still set to hit the market late next year, should be fully defined in the coming months, says Chevron Delo’s Shawn Whitacre, giving oil makers like Chevron a year to finalize their products and to meet the new specifications of the so-called PC-11 oils.

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Analyst: Trend to ‘micromanage’ drivers deterring truckers, ELDs to push small carriers out of biz

"We’re watching them on the satellite. We’ve got a camera inside the cab of the truck that will take a movie of you if there’s any kind of acceleration, deceleration, swerve to the left or swerve to the right. This is not the kind of job that the swashbuckling truck drivers of years gone past would have any interest in and that’s part of what makes it so difficult.”

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