James Jaillet

Prime Inc. agrees to pay $3M to settle EEOC discrimination suit

The EEOC charges that a Prime policy stating that female drivers only be trained by female trainers effectively denied women driving jobs at the company based on their gender.

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FMCSA gets two extra weeks to issue response to ELD court challenge

FMCSA must now issue its response by June 15. The plaintiffs in the case, which includes the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and truckers Mark Elrod and Richard Pingel, under the new schedule now have until June 29 to file a court response to the agency’s brief.

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Small carriers/owner-ops land 40% of freight contracted to large carriers, report claims

Freight being subcontracted to smaller carriers from larger ones is not news to the industry. But LaneAxis says its research shows the practice is perhaps more prevalent than previously though, given the large share of freight -- 42 percent of total bookings, says LaneAxis -- pushed to smaller carriers and owner-operators by some of the country’s largest.

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ELDs and privacy: Will requirement to track truckers derail DOT mandate?

The legal challenge against the DOT's electronic logging device mandate centers on the rule's requirement to track truckers within a one-mile radius while on duty, which opponents say violates truckers' Constitutional rights. Will the court agree?

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House committee advances bill with trucking reforms on hours of service, pending owner-op rating rule

The House’s Appropriations Committee has sent to the full House a Department of Transportation funding package that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart. The bill also would halt the DOT’s work on its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking and would prevent states from enforcing any state-enacted laws governing truckers’ breaks and pay.

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DOT officially expands freight zone at Mexican border in Texas

The changes come by way of the opening of a new cross-border bridge, prompting the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to establish new boundaries for the El Paso border zone. The expansion will allow Mexican carriers an expanded border zone in which to deliver and pickup cross-border loads.

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Shippers need to play a greater role in country’s parking crisis, OOIDA and ATA reps say

“The city and state tell us how many handicap spaces we have to have. Every shipper or receiver facility that accepts and receives trucks needs to bear some kind of responsibility. How do we get there? We’re raising the issue now.”

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Spot market freight activity continues to sag

A 3 percent drop in load availability in the week drove the index’s lower reading. Load availability was down 25.3 percent from the same week last year, according to Truckstop.com’s weekly Trans4Cast report.

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Supreme Court sides with CRST, calls on EEOC to reimburse carrier for legal defense costs

The Supreme Court in its May 19 decision, in short, ruled that CRST is owed reimbursement from the EEOC for the money spent defending itself in court the last 9 years. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower courts to determine a dollar amount. One lower court previously issued a $4.7 million decision in CRST's favor.

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U.S. Senate passes bill that could change hours of service regulations

The two outcomes are (1) return to 2013-enacted rules governing truckers’ 34-hour restarts or (2) a return to 2011 restart rules, albeit with a new 73-hour cap on the amount of hours truck drives can remain on duty in a seven day period. But the bill faces an uphill climb in the House and a veto threat by President Obama.

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