James Jaillet

FMCSA will leverage driver training data to gauge behind-the-wheel minimum, CVTA says

Recent hurdles aside, including calls from various groups for FMCSA to issue a supplemental rule to add a time-based behind-the-wheel requirement, the rule likely will remain as-is through its 2020 implementation date, says Don Lefeve, head of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association.

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Trump, trucking and regulations: Takeaways from the first two weeks of the Trump Administration

Speed limiters, driver training, ELDs and more -- If the barrage of Trump news has left you a little dizzy, here’s a quick look at the key trucking-specific happenings from the new administration in its first two weeks.

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Trucking industry employment falls for first time in 6 months

Trucking industry employment totaled 1.4625 million, up from last January’s 1.4554 million.

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DOT report on fatal 2016 Tesla crash with tractor-trailer blames limitations of Autopilot mode

NHTSA concluded the car’s operator, who died in the collision, was leaning too heavily on the car’s driver assist systems, which failed to brake when a tractor-trailer crossed the road in front of the car.

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Trump’s halt on regulations the ‘death knell’ for truck speed limiter rule

Trump's regulatory reluctance -- and a recent memo to federal agencies ordering them to halt new regulations -- could be the end of the U.S. DOT's quest to require speed limiters on heavy-duty trucks.

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Reefer rates surged in January, van’s months-long rally ends

Reefer and flatbed rates climbed in the first month of 2017, according to monthly per-mile spot market rate data from Truckstop.com. Van rates, meanwhile, fell 3 cents a mile in the month, ending the segment’s four-month rally.

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Senate confirms Chao to head DOT under Trump

Chao told a Senate panel earlier this month her three main goals as head of the U.S. DOT will be to bolster infrastructure funding, bridge the divide over rural and urban transportation need and find better balance between federal regulations and concerns of businesses regulated by the DOT.

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Volvo nixes plans to cut workers at truck plant due to better Class 8 outlook

Volvo Trucks has cancelled plans to layoff up to 500 workers at its Virginia-based truck manufacturing plant. Volvo spokesperson Brandon Borgna says the company has been “encouraged” by recent trends in the Class 8 market.

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Per Trump order, FMCSA delays new driver training rule

Prompted by a Jan. 20 order issued by President Trump, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish a notice Feb. 1 officially delaying the effective date of a new rule establishing national truck driver training standards.

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Trump calls on agencies to remove two regulations for every new one

President Trump in his second full week in office continues his crusade against new and existing federal regulations. Trump signed an executive order Monday directing federal agencies to eliminate two “prior regulations” for “every new regulation issued.”

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