James Jaillet

Hours rules suspended in Carolinas following historic flooding from Hurricane Joaquin

Drivers hauling relief or emergency loads in North Carolina and South Carolina have been granted a temporary waiver of hours-of-service rules and size and weight limits.

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For-hire trucking industry loses 4k jobs in September

August and September join March as the only months to see month-to-month declines in trucking industry employment, following a year (2014) in which no month posted fewer trucking jobs than the month prior.

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Georgia truckers challenging Peach State’s use of fuel taxes for non-highway spending

The Georgia Motor Trucking Association, J&M Tank Lines, F&W Transportation and Prolan Logistics filed the suit earlier this month, arguing all revenue obtained from state and locally collected fuel taxes should be spent “for public roads and bridges or road construction and maintenance."

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FMCSA done studying drivers for 34-hour restart report, funding stopgap won’t affect ‘rollback’

FMCSA collected data for five months on two groups of drivers: One abiding by pre-2013 rules and one following the 2013 requirements. It will now begin analyzing the data it gathered and could produce a report by year's end.

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Hours exemptions ‘running rampant,’ says TCA’s Heller, FMCSA still working on 34-hour restart study

Heller also touched on the latest happenings with a speed limiter mandate, entry-level driver training rule, another carrier scoring system and more on hours of service changes.

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Navistar, GM partner to produce Chevy- and International-branded medium-duty trucks

General Motors and Navistar have reached a long-term agreement to develop and assemble medium-duty, conventional cab Class 4 and 5 commercial vehicles, the companies announced Sept. 29, confirming rumors of late that the two were set to strike a deal on medium-duty vehicles.

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Report: Higher driver pay, fleet equipment updates increase carrier costs in 2014

Climbing driver pay and new truck orders more than offset lower fuel prices in 2014, according to the annual Operational Costs of Trucking report issued Sept. 28. Here's where else costs rose and fell.

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The scuffle over upping truck weight limit to 91,000 pounds: TCA comes out in opposition, Werner sees mixed benefit

A Congressional move to allow 91,000-pound trucks on U.S. highways would do more to hurt the trucking industry’s productivity than help it, says the Truckload Carriers Association. That and more takes...

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Next round of truck emissions regs should go smoother than ’07-’10 round, EPA says at TMC

According to the EPA, the emissions standards set to be phased in over the coming decade will make the U.S. fleet the "most advanced" in the world.

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IRS to allow higher per diem for meal expenses for owner-ops starting Oct. 1

Truck operators starting Oct. 1 will be able to deduct up to $4 more a day from their yearly income for meal expenses. A change in IRS rules that goes into effect that day raises truckers’ per diem meal expense rates to $63 a day, up from the current $59 mark.

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