James Jaillet

Work Truck Show: Medium- and severe-duty news from Cummins, Mack, International and more

Medium-duty and vocational truck related announcements from Cummins, International, Detroit and Mack.

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Federal vs. state authority over truckers’ breaks and pay a growing debate in aviation bill

Sen. Barbara Boxer held a press conference Thursday to decry the return of the measure, calling it an anti-trucker, anti-safety provision. ATA, however, disagrees, calling the measure a necessary means to preventing a patchwork of state-to-state rules.

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Major carrier again ordered to pay big payout to driver following refusal-to-drive firing

Brandon Hopper claims he was “confronted and baited” by Marten to resign in July 2013 after he refused to haul two allegedly overweight loads and three other loads because, he claims, he would have been in violation of hours of service regulations.

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DOT expands Mexican-U.S. border freight zones in Texas, New Mexico

The commercial border zone expansion will give Mexican-domiciled and U.S.-domiciled carriers and drivers a bigger zone to pick up and drop freight near El Paso, along with making some New Mexico-based crossings officially codified as cross-border zones.

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Cat’s back (with another phone)

Owner-operators haven’t been able to spec a new Caterpillar-powered truck in nearly a decade, but they can spec a new piece of Cat equipment of a smaller variety: The company’s second take on a rugged smartphone built for users who work in industries like trucking and construction.

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Trucker coercion prohibition rule now in effect: Here’s how to file a complaint against a carrier, broker or shipper

A new federal rule that implements large fines for carriers, shippers and brokers caught pressuring drivers to operate beyond federal safety regulations, such as when they’re out of hours, is now in effect, as is a new system for truckers to file complaints for alleged coercion instances with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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FAA bill with trucking hours and pay implications advances

A bill that would prevent states from requiring truckers and their employers to comply with state laws regulating hours of service, such as meal or rest break requirements, has been approved by the House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill would also, if enacted, throw cold water on state-level initiated driver pay reform.

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Partners in Business tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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Owner-operator sues CRST over alleged racial discrimination in non-driving trainer job

A current owner-operator and former CRST Expedited driver trainer has filed a lawsuit against CRST claiming a colleague regularly harassed him because of his skin color, insulted and humiliated him in front of his peers and, ultimately, publicly assaulted him and fired him.

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Pilot Flying J’s former president indicted in fuel rebate withholding scheme

Court records include transcripts of conversations -- secretly recorded by an FBI informant working for Pilot -- held between Hazelwood and other Pilot employees allegedly discussing the scam and how to use it against trucking companies who signed diesel fuel purchasing contracts with the truck stop chain.

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