James Jaillet

FMCSA’s driver coercion rule published, blocks carriers, shippers from threatening drivers with loss of pay

FMCSA's driver coercion rule published, blocks carriers, shippers from threatening drivers with loss of pay

The rule will take effect Jan. 29. It puts in place fines of up to $16,000 for carriers, shippers, receivers and brokers who pressure truckers to operate in violation of federal safety rules, such as hours-of-service regs.

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Congress advances two-week highway bill, now has to Dec. 4 to pass long-term bill

Congress advances two-week highway bill, now has to Dec. 4 to pass long-term bill

The Senate passed by a quick voice vote midday Thursday a two-week highway funding extension that ensures the country’s roads and bridge account won’t run dry while lawmakers finalize a long-term highway bill.

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Insurers tell Walmart they’re not paying Tracy Morgan crash settlements

Insurers tell Walmart they're not paying Tracy Morgan crash settlements

Walmart’s private fleet has sued a group of insurance companies for refusing to pay the retail giant’s settlements with victims, including actor Tracy Morgan, in the high-profile June 2014 crash on the New Jersey turnpike that left one person dead and several others severely injured.

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25th anniversary Truckers’ Choice finalist: Jon Eilen’s 2010 Peterbilt 389 and Macsimizer trailer

25th anniversary Truckers’ Choice finalist: Jon Eilen's 2010 Peterbilt 389 and Macsimizer trailer

Jon Eilen's 2010 Peterbilt 389 is one of five finalists in a special edition Truckers' Choice online voting contest celebrating the 25th anniversary of Overdrive's Pride & Polish.

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Senate nixes 33-foot twin trailer provision in DOT funding bill

Senate nixes 33-foot twin trailer provision in DOT funding bill

The Senate’s original legislation included a provision to increase the tandem trailer limit to 33 feet, but an amendment brought to the Senate floor Wednesday stripped the bill of the provision. Its sponsor calls it a win for small business truckers.

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25th anniversary Truckers’ Choice finalist: Vinnie Diorio’s 2013 Pete 389/curtainside combo

25th anniversary Truckers’ Choice finalist: Vinnie Diorio's 2013 Pete 389/curtainside combo

Vinnie Diorio's 2013 Peterbilt 389, a two-time Pride & Polish champ, is one of five finalists in a special edition Truckers' Choice online voting contest celebrating the 25th anniversary of Overdrive's Pride & Polish.

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House passes short-term highway funding extension to buy time for long-term bill

House passes short-term highway funding extension to buy time for long-term bill

The current stopgap measure passed in late October expired Friday, Nov. 20. Members of the House and Senate this week are meeting in a conference committee tasked with producing a unified long-term bill that can get through both chambers of Congress. The Senate likely will take up the House’s short-term patch in the coming days.

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E-log rule advances, publication expected by month’s end

E-log rule advances, publication expected by month's end

A federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices to keep records of duty status has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, paving the way for the rule to be published by the DOT.

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Regulatory update: E-log rule still expected this year, driver coercion nears publication

Regulatory update: E-log rule still expected this year, driver coercion nears publication

Still slated for this year: Rules to mandate e-logs and speed limiters, a driver training rule and an extension to the CSA program.

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ATRI: Crash fault weighting in CSA could help carrier ratings

ATRI: Crash fault weighting in CSA could help carrier ratings

Implementing some form of crash accountability — that is, not dinging carriers for crashes they couldn’t prevent — in the federal Compliance, Safety, Accountability carrier ranking/scoring program could have a significant impact on carriers’ rankings within the system, concludes the American Transportation Research Institute.

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