James Jaillet

House committee advances bill with trucking reforms on hours of service, pending owner-op rating rule

The House’s Appropriations Committee has sent to the full House a Department of Transportation funding package that would permanently restore 2011 regulations pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart. The bill also would halt the DOT’s work on its proposed Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking and would prevent states from enforcing any state-enacted laws governing truckers’ breaks and pay.

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DOT officially expands freight zone at Mexican border in Texas

The changes come by way of the opening of a new cross-border bridge, prompting the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to establish new boundaries for the El Paso border zone. The expansion will allow Mexican carriers an expanded border zone in which to deliver and pickup cross-border loads.

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Shippers need to play a greater role in country’s parking crisis, OOIDA and ATA reps say

“The city and state tell us how many handicap spaces we have to have. Every shipper or receiver facility that accepts and receives trucks needs to bear some kind of responsibility. How do we get there? We’re raising the issue now.”

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Spot market freight activity continues to sag

A 3 percent drop in load availability in the week drove the index’s lower reading. Load availability was down 25.3 percent from the same week last year, according to Truckstop.com’s weekly Trans4Cast report.

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Supreme Court sides with CRST, calls on EEOC to reimburse carrier for legal defense costs

The Supreme Court in its May 19 decision, in short, ruled that CRST is owed reimbursement from the EEOC for the money spent defending itself in court the last 9 years. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower courts to determine a dollar amount. One lower court previously issued a $4.7 million decision in CRST's favor.

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U.S. Senate passes bill that could change hours of service regulations

The two outcomes are (1) return to 2013-enacted rules governing truckers’ 34-hour restarts or (2) a return to 2011 restart rules, albeit with a new 73-hour cap on the amount of hours truck drives can remain on duty in a seven day period. But the bill faces an uphill climb in the House and a veto threat by President Obama.

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Move in Senate would restore 2013’s 34-hour restart rules, require 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods

The saga to"fix" 34-hour restart regs continues: A Senate measure filed this week would again require truckers’ 34-hour restart to include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and limit the restart’s use to once a week. The amendment was filed Tuesday, the same day the House released a plan to permanently nix the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. requirement.

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House bill restores 2011 hours of service rules, kills Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking

The measure does not tie the changes to the 34-hour restart study currently being conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a departure from trucking-specific provisions cleared by Congress in recent years.

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FMCSA declines to file response to motion asking Supreme Court to hear ELD lawsuit

The latest on the renegade effort (of sorts) by trucker William Trescott to intervene in the OOIDA-brought lawsuit seeking to strike down the DOT's electronic logging device mandate. Trescott this month asked the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

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New food hauling regulations up the need for clean equipment, lawyer says

Pertaining to new regulations handed down last month by the FDA for food haulers, shippers will now be in charge of setting cleanliness guidelines for truckers and their equipment and could turn trucks away without loads if they fail to meet previously agreed to requirements, says one transportation focused lawyer.

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