James Jaillet

Truckers file class action classification suit against three XPO drayage co.’s, seek backwages and benefits

Truck operators for three drayage carriers owned by carrier conglomerate XPO Logistics have filed a class action lawsuit seeking payment over alleged misclassification as contractors instead of employees, which led to lower wages and denial of state mandated breaks, plaintiffs claim.

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Rearview: Fighting rail in the name of safety

One of many battles waged by Overdrive in its first 20 years was against the rail industry, including its powerful lobbying arm and its cozy relationship with lawmakers.

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More on required ELD connectivity options: What inspectors need at roadside

If operators opt for a device that uses solely local connections like USB and Bluetooth, the device must be equipped with both Bluetooth connectivity and a USB 2.0 port, not one or the other.

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Trucking employment shoots up at year’s end

December’s total employment figure in the for-hire trucking industry, reported by the DOL as 1.462 million, was just shy of 20,000 jobs higher than December 2014.

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FMCSA to study hours, sleeper berth flexibility, wants to recruit 200 trucker participants

The key goal of the research is to determine the safety viability of allowing truckers to split their off-duty time into segments rather than the current requirement that it be 10 consecutive hours or the limited 8/2 split.

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330-truck fleet sat idle for nearly two weeks while trying to shrug out-of-service order

Update, 1/7/16: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced late Thursday, Jan. 7, that it has reinstated Land-Air's "conditional" rating, allowing the carrier to resume its normal operation. The 340-driver fleet had been idle since Dec. 29.

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E-log noncompliance penalties yet to be determined, FMCSA says

What will the punishment be for truckers who fail to comply with the looming electronic logging device mandate? FMCSA is still hammering out those details, it says.

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Daimler announces mass layoff at Freightliner manufacturing plant

Freightliner parent company Daimler Trucks North America issued in late December layoff warnings to nearly 1,000 employees at its Cleveland, North Carolina, truck manufacturing plant.

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Last lawsuit against Pilot Flying J in fuel rebate scheme refiled, carrier claims Pilot targeted ‘mom and pop’ carriers

Wright Transportation out of Mobile filed its suit Dec. 11, 2015, in Mobile County, Alabama, again restating its claims that Pilot intentionally and fraudulently scammed carriers out of tens of millions of dollars in owed fuel rebates.

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Top 10 stories of 2015: ELD mandate, $65k minimum driver pay, inspection blitz effects and more

Concluding the year's top story countdown — 2015's biggest stories for owner-operators include a federal ELD mandate, CSA score removal, long-term highway funding, a modernized revamp of a classic tractor and more.

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