James Jaillet

2016’s top trucking stories: ELD mandate and 34-hour restart survive, Trump on trucking, autonomous truck action and more

Year's top trucking stories include ELDs, hours, Trump and trucking, gliders' potential demise, slow rates and more.

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6,600 drivers will need new medical card after Georgia-based examiner’s arrest, DOT estimates

Truck drivers who received their current medical certification from Dr. Anthony Lefteris, who operated out of a Petro in Atlanta, will need to be re-examined and issued a fresh medical certification by another examiner, the Department of Transportation says.

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Alleged medical card fraud could affect thousands of truckers

Dr. Anthony Lefteris operated out of an Atlanta Petro Stopping Center. He has been charged by federal investigators for allegedly issuing medical certifications to drivers without performing full medical exams, according to court records.

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C.R. England to pay 6,300 truckers $2.35M in back pay

The settlement breaks down to a net payment of $273 per driver. The remainder of the settlement goes to attorney’s fees and court costs, according to court documents.

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2013 hours regs permanently nixed, ATA says; FMCSA disputes

ATA says the "restart rollback" is now permanent. FMCSA says it's still waiting on the results of a report, as Congress directed.

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OOIDA asks court to toss ELD decision and rehear case

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear its case against the U.S. DOT’s rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices.

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Gliders losing altitude: Emissions regs crack down on pre-2010 engines, crimping a hot market

Federal regulations taking effect Dec. 27 restrict the glider market by allowing much smaller sales after 2017. The expansive emissions standards finalized effectively close the loophole that allowed glider kit sales to flourish. That leaves glider kit makers scrambling to alter their operations or shuttering their glider business altogether.

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ATRI ‘parking diaries’ reveal ELDs make finding parking more difficult

Parking diaries kept by nearly 600 truck drivers for two weeks this year revealed truckers spend an average of 56 minutes per day searching for parking, costing them nearly $5,000 a year in wages. The report also showed truckers using ELDs spend more time searching for parking than those using paper logs.

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34-hour restart’s future clearer than before, but uncertainty lingers

Lawmakers warded off a scenario in which the 34-hour restart would be removed as a tool for truckers to use to manage their weekly on-duty time. But the future of the regulations surrounding the 34-hour restart is still unsettled.

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Congress clears legislation to spell out future of 34-hour restart regs for truck operators

For the time being, truckers can continue to operate as they have since December 2014, meaning 34-hour restarts do not need to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the 34-hour restart option can be used as often as truck operators like.

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