James Jaillet

DOT wants to start testing truckers for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids

The Department of Transportation this week proposed adding four commonly abused opioids to the list of drugs that drivers must be screened for in urine analysis tests.

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DOT Secretary nominee Chao in line for seven-figure Wells Fargo cashout upon assuming DOT job

Elaine Chao is in line for what could be a multi-million-dollar payout from Wells Fargo should she be confirmed as the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary, according to her financial disclosure form filed with the U.S. Senate and reports of her Wells Fargo stock’s value.

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Trump’s regulatory freeze could delay FMCSA driver training rule published in December

A January 20 order issued by President Trump to federal agencies directing them to halt publication of new and pending regulations could affect a freshly published rule setting training standards for new truck drivers.

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Chao approved by Senate committee to run DOT, nomination moves to full Senate

Her nomination now moves to the full Senate. For Chao to be confirmed to run the DOT and serve in Trump's Cabinet, a majority vote is needed in the Senate. Chao's confirmation is expected to see little opposition.

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Unclear how Trump’s freeze on regs, Obamacare relaxer will impact trucking

An FMCSA spokesperson said the impact of Trump's memo on pending regulations is “being assessed.” But regulations already made law, like the electronic logging device, are likely to be untouched.

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Volvo halts production of VNX tractor, nixes D16 engine

Market conditions dictated both decisions, Volvo says, as demand for the D16 has waned. The VNX will remain in the company's product lineup, despite the halt in production, the company says.

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Outgoing FMCSA boss salutes truckers

“I’m going to be telling every day to everyone I talk to. I appreciate everything do to make sure safe trucking moves the economy. I will never forget the work that they do and the importance that they have in this nation.”

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Big carriers again push FMCSA to allow hair sample drug tests

Some of the country’s largest carriers have joined to file a request with the U.S. DOT to allow them to drug test drivers exclusively via hair sample, in lieu of the traditional and federally required urine sample test.

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FMCSA reform advocate Deb Fischer to head Senate’s transportation subcommittee

Fischer may be best known in the trucking industry for the introduction of a bill in 2015 targeting FMCSA and its regulations, which Fischer said were overly burdensome and, in some cases, unjustified. She successfully attached the language to the 2015-passed FAST Act.

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GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

Trucking industry lobbyists hope to leverage fresh Republican control in Washington, D.C., to pass the so-called Denham Amendment, which would prevent enforcement of state-level laws dictating truck drivers’ time and pay. Opponents say the measure would slam the door on driver pay reform efforts.

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