James Jaillet

Top 10 stories of 2015: ELD mandate, $65k minimum driver pay, inspection blitz effects and more

Concluding the year's top story countdown — 2015's biggest stories for owner-operators include a federal ELD mandate, CSA score removal, long-term highway funding, a modernized revamp of a classic tractor and more.

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Top stories of 2015, Part 1: 1970s trucking, owner-operator pay, suicide by truck, med cert changes and more

Counting down the year's top stories: a look back at the states with the toughest hours enforcement, trucking in the 1970s, the U.S.' first road-legal autonomous truck, owner-operator pay figures and more.

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Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash indicted on homicide, assault charges

Kevin Roper, the truck driver at the center of the fatal June 2014 tractor-trailer crash involving actor Tracy Morgan, has been indicted on the manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges brought against him in the aftermath of the crash, court records show.

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Rollback of 34-hour restart regs further entrenched by Congressional budget deal

FMCSA will have to prove its 2013-implemented rules are better for driver fatigue and highway safety than previous hours rules before they can go back into effect, Congress directs.

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Potential trucker sleep apnea rulemaking takes step forward

A data collection effort by the U.S. DOT intended to gauge how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process and could be published by year’s end.

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OOIDA petitions federal court to block ELD mandate, says it intends to fight rule ‘with everything we have’

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to review the agency’s coming electronic logging device mandate, unveiled last week and set to take effect in late 2017.

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White House clears rule to set up new FMCSA system to score, target carriers

Few details are known about what the rule entails. According to the agency’s regulatory summary, it would give FMCSA a new system to “determine when a motor carrier is not fit to operate.” It’s unclear whether recent Congressional action to remove CSA rankings from public view will impact the SFD rule, however.

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Date to ditch paper logs: Dec. 16, 2017

Set your timer, and start the process of wishing your paper logs a fond farewell.

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The new cost of e-log compliance and FMCSA’s denial of small business exemption

Following a comment dust-up over the real costs of compliance of an ELD mandate, the agency relaxed certain portions of required device spec's in the mandate's ultimate version. But it also blocked attempts at exempting small trucking companies from compliance.

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E-log mandate set to take effect Dec. 2017, rule set for DOT publication

The rule requires drivers currently required to keep paper logs to use ELDs, with a few exceptions. It also spells out hardware requirements for the devices, protections against driver harassment and more.

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