James Jaillet

Jump start: Electrified truck concepts come to life, and owner-operators want in

The electrified truck concept has taken on a real life, with players large and small vying for future shares of the Class 8 market. It’s not only large fleets that are placing orders -- owner-operators, too, have shown interest in the emerging technology.

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Trucker pay reform efforts at state level could be stymied by revival of Denham Amendment

Congress is again considering legislation that would block state-level efforts to dictate driver pay reforms and hours of service restrictions. The so-called Denham Amendment, first brought to the table by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) in 2015, seeks to reassert federal authority over hours of service regulations and the industry’s standard per-mile driver pay model.

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Cyber attack disrupts operations of major carriers, closes port terminals

Another broad scale cyber attack, the second one in a month, has crippled computer systems at some of the world’s largest carriers, including FedEx’s European trucking subsidiary TNT Express and A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest maritime carrier.

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Report recommends sweeping changes to CSA scoring system

The Congressionally mandated report lists major flaws with the program, along with recommendations for FMCSA to pursue to make the program more fair for carriers and more accurate in assessing their safety risk.

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Cummins debuts owner-operator-focused ZED Connect ELD app

Engine maker Cummins on Friday announced it has launched a new software company, ZED Connect, whose first offering is a smartphone-based electronic logging device that’s compliant with the U.S. DOT’s looming ELD mandate.

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Video: Bandit Big Rig Series revives action-packed truck racing

See big rig racers roaring around the Montgomery Motor Speedway.

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Supreme Court refuses another trucking case, this one about carriers’ access to drivers’ history

The six driver plaintiffs claimed FMCSA's PSP reports disparaged their reputations and made it harder for them to find work. The courts have also consistently disagreed with OOIDA-backed plaintiffs’ assertions.

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‘Game-set-match’ for ELD mandate, time for truckers to consider compliance options

Given this week’s news from the Supreme Court and the likely reluctance of Congress -- or the White House, whose DOT has shown no interest in bucking Congress’ orders -- to touch the issue, owner-operators would be wise to transition from hoping for a reversal to considering compliance options.

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Supreme Court rejects ELD appeal, ending OOIDA’s challenge options

In a win for FMCSA, the Supreme Court has declined to take up OOIDA's challenge, leaving in place a lower court decision that upholds the rule and its Dec. 18 compliance date. OOIDA says it will continue its ELD challenge via Congress and the White House.

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Trump administration rescinds Obama-era memo interpreting owner-operators as employees

The July 2015 memo issued by David Weil, head of the Labor Department’s wage and hour division under President Obama, in effect instructed businesses and state labor agencies to view owner-operators as employees.

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