James Jaillet

FMCSA’s entry-level driver training rule moves a step closer to publication

The rule likely will require at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training time, establish a registry of driver training providers and establish certified curricula for CDL applicants.

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For-hire trucking industry employment grew by 400 jobs in October

October’s small rise comes after a loss of several 3,200 jobs in September. The latter figure, however, was downwardly revised from the October-released preliminary figures.

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House passes CSA-stripping highway bill; legislation would expand driver drug testing, implement carrier ‘hiring standards’

The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a 363-64 vote Thursday, Nov. 4, a multi-year highway bill that would strip the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program of its publicly available carrier rankings and require regulators to rework the program.

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House withdraws highway bill amendment that sought to fix damaging measure for independent truckers

A fix to a measure in the House’s long-term highway bill, which as-is could be harmful to independent truckers and small trucking companies, was pulled from the House floor late Wednesday afternoon.

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Elusive e-logs: Agency misses another projected publication date for ELD mandate

After pushing Sept. 30 most of the year as the publication date for an ELD mandate, FMCSA’s latest projected date for the rule — Oct. 30 — has also come and gone, and there's no rule yet.

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House kills proposition to up truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds

A proposed Congressional measure to allow states to increase truck weight limits to 91,000 pounds failed when brought to the House floor late Tuesday. The reform was offered as an amendment to the long-term highway bill under consideration this week.

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Senate passes highway funding extension, secures road funds for another three weeks

The short-term measure is intended to give lawmakers additional time to pass a long-term highway funding bill.

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Truckers sue Amazon, claim online retailer denying them wages by classifying them as contractors

The truckers claim Amazon and carrier Scoobeez operate in “clear abuse of the independent contractor” model, part of a system they say allows the companies to skirt minimum wage laws and break requirements set by California labor laws.

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Court presses OOIDA on ‘unconstitutionality’ of Calif. emissions regs during oral arguments

The court overseeing the OOIDA’s lawsuit against California and its stringent emissions regulations heard oral arguments last week in the case, and, per one report, OOIDA faced tough questions about its suit and the evidence used to support it.

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House proposes another short-term highway bill, will fund roads through Nov. 20

The U.S. House late Friday unveiled a short-term highway funding bill that would extend highway appropriations for just 22 days beyond the current highway funding stopgap put in place in July.

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