James Jaillet

FMCSA makes strides in targeting highest-risk carriers, report concludes, but challenges remain

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken steps to hone in on high-risk carriers -- and intervene more quickly for investigations -- the agency must continue to improve its intervention tactics, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

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Van freight volume, rates ease off recent hot streak

Coming off of two-year highs just two weeks ago, van rates and volume dipped slightly in the most recent week. Reefer saw similar declines.

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ELD delay faces big hurdles, even with added co-sponsors

Despite a bill being introduced this month to delay the ELD mandate, Congress appears reluctant to tackle the issue. ATA is also adamant there's little support for the measure among lawmakers.

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Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate

The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.

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Bill to delay ELD mandate two years filed in House

If enacted, owner-operators would have two additional years, to December 2019, to switch from paper logs to an electronic logging device. The bill has hurdles to clear before becoming law, however.

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Efforts to change ELD mandate for smaller carriers gain steam in Congress

A panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House on Monday issued a report advising FMCSA to study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the federal ELD mandate is warranted.

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Walmart tells truckers it may drop them if they haul for Amazon

As the war for online retail dollars heats up, Wal-Mart has told carriers that work for the company that it may rescind its business with them if they haul loads for Amazon.

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Human trafficking convicts would be barred for life from trucking under Senate bill

A bill introduced by the Senate’s Commerce Committee this week would permanently disqualify truck drivers from holding a CDL if they've been convicted of a human trafficking offense. The legislation part of a two-bill package aimed at combating human trafficking that occurs on U.S. roadways.

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As cow haulers applaud ELD exemption in DOT funding bill, legislation advances

A bill that would exempt carriers from state laws requiring paid meal and rest breaks for drivers and, at least short term, exempt livestock haulers from compliance with the federal electronic logging device has been passed by the House Appropriations Committee’s transportation subcommittee.

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Med examiner who issued fraudulent cards to truckers to be sentenced next month

Dr. Anthony Lefteris operated out of an Atlanta Petro Stopping Center. Authorities claimed Lefteris intentionally issued medical certificates to drivers despite skipping required tests. The DOT required 6,600 drivers to renew their medical certification in the wake of Lefteris’ arrest.

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