James Jaillet

FMCSA clarifies ELD compliance extensions, non-compliant devices

Two new guidelines from FMCSA on ELDs: Older devices that buy carriers' time but aren't long-term compliance options for the mandate can be transferred to a new truck and operators will have eight days to deploy a compliant device if their ELD is found to be non-compliant.

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Penske settles with drivers in case over unpaid meal and rest breaks

Penske will pay 344 current and former drivers $15,000 each to settle the now 8-year-old case. The case produced a landmark ruling in 2014 regarding state-level laws regarding drivers' pay and breaks, prompting concern from carriers about the potential for similar lawsuits.

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Video: Needle-nosed 1982 Peterbilt 359 with a Corvette dash

Billy Baker talks the history of his classic 1982 Peterbilt 359, which has more than 3 million miles. The Pete also has an aftermarket needle-nose and a Corvette dash.

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As tax time looms, owner-operators shouldn’t overlook these deductions

Here are five of the most common deductions for owner-operators, says trucker tax expert Dennis Bridges, an Atlanta-area CPA who works with about 1,000 owner-operators. Savings for these add up to $3,000 for those in the 15 percent tax bracket -- and more for those in the 25 percent bracket.

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Who’s in charge at FMCSA until Trump can nominate a new boss?

Though President Trump’s choice to run the Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao, has been confirmed by the Senate and begun work at the DOT, there’s still a litany of posts Trump must fill at the DOT, including naming a new administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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New Bandit big rig racing circuit hits tracks next month, offers $50k per race

A new racing series featuring Class 8 trucks in oval track races starts its first full season next month in North Carolina. The Bandit Big Rig Series, which offers a total purse of $50,000 at each event, will host 13 races this season, culminating in a finale in late October in Cordele, Ga.

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Big carriers’ revenues and profits shrunk in 2016

Owner-operators weren't the only segment of the industry that struggled with tough freight conditions and poor rates in 2016. Some of the country's largest fleets saw their revenue and income take a hit too, according to earnings reports issued in recent weeks by large publicly traded trucking companies.

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Truck speed limiter mandate, emissions regs part of lawsuit against Trump two-for-one regs order

Three left-leaning groups hope to block Trump's recent order, citing truck safety regulations like a recently proposed rule to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks, as reasons why.

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As N.J. adds 3rd party CDL testing, national efforts loom on CDL skills test delays

Delays in CDL skills tests are a prominent lobbying agenda item for the Commercial Vehicle Trainers Association, who says CDL applicants sometimes must wait two to three months after their training to receive a skills test by their state.

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FMCSA will leverage driver training data to gauge behind-the-wheel minimum, CVTA says

Recent hurdles aside, including calls from various groups for FMCSA to issue a supplemental rule to add a time-based behind-the-wheel requirement, the rule likely will remain as-is through its 2020 implementation date, says Don Lefeve, head of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

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