James Jaillet

GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

Trucking industry lobbyists hope to leverage fresh Republican control in Washington, D.C., to pass the so-called Denham Amendment, which would prevent enforcement of state-level laws dictating truck drivers’ time and pay. Opponents say the measure would slam the door on driver pay reform efforts.

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ELD mandate sees another court victory, OOIDA plans to appeal to Supreme Court

A three-judge panel for the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied OOIDA’s request for the court to rehear its case against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, which takes effect later this year. OOIDA says it plans to appeal to the decision to uphold the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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DOT nominee Chao says she hopes to balance automated vehicle tech, job displacement

If confirmed to lead the DOT, Chao said she would seek to bolster innovation while also addressing public discomfort with automated vehicles and concerns of those like truck drivers who could be put out of work by such technology, even if such a scenario is years off.

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Med examiner accused of issuing bogus certifications to thousands of drivers pleads not guilty

A Georgia-based medical examiner who’s been accused by authorities of issuing thousands of fraudulent medical certifications to truck drivers has been indicted. FMCSA has said 6,600 truck operators who received certification from the doc will need to see a new doctor and receive fresh certifications.

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Truckers’ lawsuit against broker bond provider to continue following appeal

A lawsuit brought by several small business truckers against a defunct broker and its trust fund provider has fresh life following a successful appeal by the truckers involved and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, whose legal team is backing the truckers’ suit.

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December makes six straight months for trucking industry job growth

Trucking employment gained steam in the second half of 2016.

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Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to lead DOT, names broad top priorities ahead of Jan. 11 Senate hearing

Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Transportation, will appear before a Senate committee next week as part of the nomination and confirmation process for Trump’s incoming administration.

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OOIDA bands with safety groups in asking FMCSA for drive-time minimum in driver training rule

OOIDA and the other petitioners argue the removal of the 30-hour minimum disregards Congress’ intentions for the rule and the consensus established during rulemaking negotiations between FMCSA and industry stakeholders. The rule is set to take effect in three years.

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Van rates gain momentum, reefer and flatbed flat

Rates for dry van loads in December climbed to their highest monthly average since June, tying that month for the strongest van rates since early fall 2015, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Reefer and flatbed rates in the month were mostly unchanged from November.

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2016’s top trucking stories: ELD mandate and 34-hour restart survive, Trump on trucking, autonomous truck action and more

Year's top trucking stories include ELDs, hours, Trump and trucking, gliders' potential demise, slow rates and more.

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