James Jaillet

ATRI ‘parking diaries’ reveal ELDs make finding parking more difficult

ATRI ‘parking diaries’ reveal ELDs make finding parking more difficult

Parking diaries kept by nearly 600 truck drivers for two weeks this year revealed truckers spend an average of 56 minutes per day searching for parking, costing them nearly $5,000 a year in wages. The report also showed truckers using ELDs spend more time searching for parking than those using paper logs.

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34-hour restart’s future clearer than before, but uncertainty lingers

34-hour restart's future clearer than before, but uncertainty lingers

Lawmakers warded off a scenario in which the 34-hour restart would be removed as a tool for truckers to use to manage their weekly on-duty time. But the future of the regulations surrounding the 34-hour restart is still unsettled.

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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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Big carriers and owner-ops continue fight over speed limiter mandate as comment period closes

Big carriers and owner-ops continue fight over speed limiter mandate as comment period closes

More on speed limiter rule comments: Big fleets who filed comments on the proposal rallied around a 65 mph nationwide limit for nearly all trucks on the highway. OOIDA and most trucker commenters, however, say the rule damages owner-operators’ ability to compete in the marketplace against larger carriers.

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FMCSA establishes training standards, curriculum for new truck operators

FMCSA establishes training standards, curriculum for new truck operators

New training standards for entry-level truck operators have been finalized by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will become requirements on February 7, 2020. In addition to a required core classroom curriculum, the rule establishes a registry of FMCSA-approved trainers.

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Trucking industry adds nearly 8,000 in October, November

Trucking industry adds nearly 8,000 in October, November

The for-hire trucking industry added 1,100 jobs in November, according to the Labor Department. The DOL also upwardly revised October's gains to 6,800 jobs, continuing months of upward momentum in the trucking industry labor market.

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Van and reefer rates see uptick in November, flatbed rates fall

Van and reefer rates see uptick in November, flatbed rates fall

Reefer and van rates trended up in November, while flatbed lost a few cents, likely due to the seasonality of the segment.

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

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

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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