James Jaillet

Senate bill clears up 34-hour restart confusion, could add new hours limits

The bill corrects a legislative mess-up from December that put the 34-hour restart in jeopardy by ensuring the restart will remain available for truckers. However, it would also put in place a new 73-hour on-duty limit in a consecutive seven-day period.

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Spot market slips again as loads dip; a look at top states for freight activity

Truckstop.com's Market Demand Index decreased 3.6 percent in the week ending April 18, due to a 3.3 percent decrease in load availability. Compared to the same month last year, load availability was down 16.5 percent, and the overall MDI was down a comparable 16.6 percent.

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Flexible split sleeper berth exemption extended 4 more years

Private carrier McKee Foods has been granted an extension to its 2015-granted waiver, which allows its drivers to divide their 10 required sleeper berth hours into 5/5, 6/4 or 3/7 splits. FMCSA's own commissioned research has shown split sleep has little to no bearing on truck driver fatigue or safety. Truckers, however, still must abide by the rigid 14-hour rule.

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Teamsters, safety groups to Congress: Don’t touch hours of service

Two key trucking items likely to see action in the appropriations process include a fix to the hours of service legislative screw-up from Congress’ 2016 DOT appropriations law and the revival of the so-called “federal authority” provisions floated in recent transportation-related bills.

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Who’s OOIDA given to so far this election season?

Data pulled for the period between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, shows no contributions to presidential candidates. It does show broad support for candidates with a record of backing policies also supported by OOIDA.

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Rates report mixed for March as flatbed, van see small gains, reefer dips

Following big drops in February, per-mile rate averages paid to carriers saw little in the way of a rebound in March, with van and flatbed posting small gains and reefer rates declining further from February’s dip.

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Spot market swings against owner-operators as loads dip, trucks climb

The number of available loads posted on the spot market, per Truckstop.com data, fell in the week, while the number of available trucks climbed. The combination pushed the index down to a reading of 13, signaling favorability for brokers in spot market negotiations.

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Trucking groups fire back at FMCSA over carrier rating rule, say it circumvents Congressional intent

An ad-hoc coalition of trucking organizations issued a letter Monday, April 11, to Acting FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling disputing comments made by FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo last week. The groups reiterate their argument that the rule violates federal law, despite FMCSA's claims otherwise.

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Swell of owner-operator bankruptcies on the horizon?

"The market has had the luxury of operating with decreasing fuel prices. That has now changed and if prices rise quickly it could have a big impact on cash flow, especially for the smaller carriers.”

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Market will likely require owner-operators to adhere to new food safety standards despite exemption

Most, if not all, owner-operators will be exempt from the FDA's new sanitation rules for food haulers, but shippers and brokers likely won't hire carriers who aren't in compliance with the new rule.

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