James Jaillet

Outgoing FMCSA boss salutes truckers

Outgoing FMCSA boss salutes truckers

“I’m going to be telling every day to everyone I talk to. I appreciate everything do to make sure safe trucking moves the economy. I will never forget the work that they do and the importance that they have in this nation.”

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Big carriers again push FMCSA to allow hair sample drug tests

Big carriers again push FMCSA to allow hair sample drug tests

Some of the country’s largest carriers have joined to file a request with the U.S. DOT to allow them to drug test drivers exclusively via hair sample, in lieu of the traditional and federally required urine sample test.

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FMCSA reform advocate Deb Fischer to head Senate’s transportation subcommittee

FMCSA reform advocate Deb Fischer to head Senate's transportation subcommittee

Fischer may be best known in the trucking industry for the introduction of a bill in 2015 targeting FMCSA and its regulations, which Fischer said were overly burdensome and, in some cases, unjustified. She successfully attached the language to the 2015-passed FAST Act.

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GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

Trucking industry lobbyists hope to leverage fresh Republican control in Washington, D.C., to pass the so-called Denham Amendment, which would prevent enforcement of state-level laws dictating truck drivers’ time and pay. Opponents say the measure would slam the door on driver pay reform efforts.

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ELD mandate sees another court victory, OOIDA plans to appeal to Supreme Court

ELD mandate sees another court victory, OOIDA plans to appeal to Supreme Court

A three-judge panel for the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied OOIDA’s request for the court to rehear its case against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, which takes effect later this year. OOIDA says it plans to appeal to the decision to uphold the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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DOT nominee Chao says she hopes to balance automated vehicle tech, job displacement

DOT nominee Chao says she hopes to balance automated vehicle tech, job displacement

If confirmed to lead the DOT, Chao said she would seek to bolster innovation while also addressing public discomfort with automated vehicles and concerns of those like truck drivers who could be put out of work by such technology, even if such a scenario is years off.

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Med examiner accused of issuing bogus certifications to thousands of drivers pleads not guilty

A Georgia-based medical examiner who’s been accused by authorities of issuing thousands of fraudulent medical certifications to truck drivers has been indicted. FMCSA has said 6,600 truck operators who received certification from the doc will need to see a new doctor and receive fresh certifications.

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Truckers’ lawsuit against broker bond provider to continue following appeal

A lawsuit brought by several small business truckers against a defunct broker and its trust fund provider has fresh life following a successful appeal by the truckers involved and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, whose legal team is backing the truckers’ suit.

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December makes six straight months for trucking industry job growth

Trucking employment gained steam in the second half of 2016.

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Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to lead DOT, names broad top priorities ahead of Jan. 11 Senate hearing

Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to lead DOT, names broad top priorities ahead of Jan. 11 Senate hearing

Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Transportation, will appear before a Senate committee next week as part of the nomination and confirmation process for Trump’s incoming administration.

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