James Jaillet

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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Trump stumps for plan to privatize U.S. highways

Trump on Wednesday called on Congress to adopt his proposal for clipping federal funding for U.S. highways in exchange for incentivizing private companies to pour $800 billion into U.S. roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

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FMCSA’s driver training rule takes effect after Trump-brought delays

In addition to establishing a core curriculum required to be taught to CDL applicants and driver trainees, the rule institutes two other key changes: Required behind-the-wheel training and a registry of FMCSA-approved driver trainers from which CDL applicants must receive training.

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Rates gain momentum in May, truckload segments climb for second straight month

Per-mile rates on the spot market soared in May, with rates in all three major truckload segments -- van, flatbed and reefer -- posting solid gains from the month prior.

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FMCSA to study 200 truckers to assess adding split sleeper berth options in hours regs

The agency’s split sleeper berth pilot program seeks to determine the effects split sleeper berth options, such as splits of 5-5, 6-4 and 7-3, would have on drivers. The study’s outcome could dictate whether FMCSA decides to pursue reforms to hours of service regulations.

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