James Jaillet

Trump FMCSA pick Martinez supports ELD mandate, will examine owner-operator impact

While Martinez said he doesn't intend to delay the mandate, he said he will examine its impact on small business truckers. “I want to meet with those involved who oppose the rule to learn more about those concerns," he told a panel of Senators during a confirmation hearing Tuesday.

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Bill in House seeks to study port truckers’ pay and controversial truck-leasing practices

Citing existing research into the matter and a major investigative report from USA Today showing that such deductions leave drivers with little actual take-home pay, a contingent of Democratic lawmakers in the House filed the Port Drivers Bill of Rights Act of 2017 last week.

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Carrier registration for 2018 fiscal year delayed indefinitely pending FMCSA notice

Independent owner-operators will not be able to complete the carrier registration process for the 2018 fiscal year "until further notice," the UCR Board announced Friday. The Board also has told states to suspend enforcement of 2018 registration compliance until 90 days after a coming FMCSA notice.

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FMCSA to ask White House to clear split sleeper berth pilot program

The agency Friday said it plans to file its research plan with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, who must approve the study before the agency proceeds. The move is the latest step toward potential revision of hours of service regs to add long-wanted flexibility for truck operators.

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Carriers rank driver shortage as chief concern, ahead of ELD mandate and hours regs

ATRI produces a Top 10 list of the trucking industry’s chief concerns each year, based on a survey of industry stakeholders. The availability of qualified drivers edged out the ELD mandate and hours of service regulations as the industry's chief issue. More than half of respondents were fleet personnel.

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EPA plans to nix Obama-era emissions standards for glider kit trucks

The EPA has formally proposed to repeal the Obama-era emissions regulations placed on glider kit tractors, which have yet to take effect but are scheduled to begin being phased in next year.

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Court rules DOT carrier registration board violated sunshine laws, upholds board’s decisions

A federal court on Wednesday ruled that the Unified Carrier Registration planning board, who’s tasked with establishing annual carrier registration fee structures, violated federal open meetings laws by holding a deliberative meeting Sept. 14 without notifying the public.

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Higher driver pay drove carriers’ costs higher in 2016

Carrier costs on the whole climbed 1.5 cents a mile last year, according to a report from the American Transportation Research Institute, with increases in spending on driver wages and benefits outpacing savings from lower fuel expenditures.

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Shippers expect big rate increases as market swings in truckers’ favor

Shippers fear "double-digit," by percentage, rate increases loom as trucking capacity continues to tighten and spot market freight activity -- and rates -- continue to gain ground. Spot market rates have soared in recent months, and the contract market could be next, says an FTR analyst.

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Trump: ‘We want lower taxes, bigger paychecks for America’s truckers’

“No one knows America better than America’s truckers,” Trump told the crowd. He pressed for lower tax rates for individuals and businesses and a simpler filing system and spoke gushingly about trucking. "Nothing gets done in America without the hard-working men and women in the trucking industry," he said.

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