James Jaillet

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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Trucker in Tracy Morgan case files to dismiss vehicular homicide, auto assault charges

The Walmart truck driver at the center of the high-profile June 2014 crash involving actor Tracy Morgan has asked prosecutors to dismiss the charges against him, arguing the media attention the case has drawn makes a fair trial impossible.

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Dog days of rates: Per-mile rates dive in all three major truckload segments in August

Per-mile spot market rates in the three major truckload segments continued their seasonal summer slide in August, with paid rates falling at least 6 cents from July in all three and posted rates sliding at least a dime, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com.

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Congress could take action on CSA scores, hours of service, driver drug testing and more in fall session

Congress could finish work to remove CSA percentile rankings from public view, continue the hours regs suspension, change driver drug testing, allow 18-year-old CDL holders to cross state lines, put in place a new FMCSA administrator and more this fall.

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Employment report: Trucking industry gained 700 jobs in August

This is the fifth consecutive month that for-hire trucking employment has added jobs, and the seventh time (out of eight months) in 2015, continuing a years-long trend of job gains in the industry.

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