James Jaillet

OOIDA takes ELD case to the Supreme Court

OOIDA, whose legal team is representing independent truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the case, has asked the nation’s high court to reevaluate a lower court ruling issued in October that upheld the U.S. DOT’s rule to require truckers to use logging devices to track hours of service.

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TCA to Congress: Keep 80,000-pound truck-weight limit in place

Those in favor of the legislation, such as Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), say increasing maximum weight limits in the U.S. would boost highway safety, reduce congestion and increase trucking’s efficiency. TCA, however, says the limit is unnecessary and would force carriers into expensive retrofits.

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Owner-operator analyst on 2017: ELD rate boost still looms, income to be ‘flat to up’

ATBS' Todd Amen predicts ELD implementation will spur rate growth until about mid-2018. Rates could grow by as much as 10 percent in that time, he said. Income for owner-operators in 2016 dipped slightly from 2015. Amen said he expects owner-operator income in 2017 to be “flat to up,” he said, “but better than some expect.”

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Supreme Court defers to lower court ruling on carrier’s requirement for apnea screening

Given the ruling, carriers could institute similar sleep apnea screening policies. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board last year recommended the agency adopt a rule requiring drivers with BMIs of 33 and higher, and who meet other criteria, be flagged for automatic apnea testing.

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I-85 collapse will have ‘minimal to negligible’ effect on rates

Despite Atlanta being one of the top cities for inbound and outbound freight in the U.S., the closure of Interstate 85 just north of the city will likely not affect rates in lanes to and from Atlanta, says DAT Marketing Director Ken Harper.

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Rates report: Flatbed gained big in March, reefer sank

March was a mixed bag for spot market rates, as flatbed pricing soared and reefer rates tumbled, according to monthly rates data from Truckstop.com. Van rates remained flat in the month.

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Gorsuch dissent in firing of ‘frozen trucker’ becomes confirmation hurdle

A 2016 dissent by Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, over a driver who sued his former carrier for wrongful termination, has become an obstacle to the judge’s path to his post on the Supreme Court. Some high-profile Democrats have cited the case as a reason to block Gorsuch’s confirmation.

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Trump ‘gravitated’ to truckers in meeting; no mention of hours, ELDs

Outside of the pre-determined topic of healthcare reform, little else was discussed. The group talked infrastructure funding briefly, but avoided such topics as hours of service reform and the electronic logging device mandate.

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Pilot Flying J showcases emergency roadside assistance service at MATS

Pilot Flying J last month rolled out a new roadside assistance program meant to aid truckers with emergency maintenance issues. The program will include more than 150 trucks equipped to handle issues with tires, fuel, accessory replacement and more.

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Haulhound adds freight matching, faster pay options and lane alerts

HaulHound launched in August as an app- and web-based platform designed for carriers to upload their information and for shippers to search for capacity. The app is geared toward smaller carriers and owner-operators, the company says.

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