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Better rates: Employee drivers need fair-labor protection, reader argues

A prescription for improved rates long-term -- a reader argues for federal wage protection for company drivers.

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An hourly future for driver pay?

There's evidence that legal and other pressures could lead to more prevalence for a time-based pay model, particularly for company drivers. Should a state-to-state patchwork of enforceable labor laws be the way forward?

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So does FMCSA’s safety rating rule in fact violate Congressional directive?

Another week, another letter to Congress from an ad hoc coalition of groups challenging FMCSA's new safety rating rule's release on grounds it violates the FAST Act highway bill.

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Podcast: Highway bill effort to resolve federal/state legal conflict over carrier services, driver wages

New court interpretations of the FAAAA introduce contradictions between federal and state law (particularly in California) that challenge percentage- and mileage-based compensation. In this podcast, legislation currently under consideration to resolve the issue.

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Audio mailbag: More voices in favor of swift action on the problem of uncompensated detention

Calls continue to come in from drivers around the nation in response to the Detention détente series of reports -- in this podcast, drivers weigh in on the regulatory apparatus' potential role.

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There’s an app for that

Another electronic device to tell you when you're tired! Wendy looks at the "reasons professionally licensed human beings in the transportation industry no longer have the ability to tell themselves they're tired." ...

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The trucking jubilee

"It ain't no party for the fish involved, and it ain't no disco for the drivers, but the fat cats eat well, and fill their coffers with easily caught fish, who are addled and unsure of their surroundings."

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+25 percent: What double the liability insurance coverage will likely cost

One insurance rep cites a likely 25 percent increase in premiums for independent owner-operators boosting $1 million liability coverage to $2M. More on FMCSA's expected insurance-hike proposal here.

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URS: FMCSA begins deactivating carrier authorities with update-enforcement provision

Part of the rationale for the system is a clean-up of FMCSA data – the agency has begun deactivating motor carrier authorities that are not being actively updated by set deadlines, depending on the motor carrier.

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Readers debate New Entrant test

While a majority were positive about FMCSA's plan to introduce regs testing into the process for obtaining operating authority, questions as to the scope of test questions remained as the second federal listening session on the subject approached.

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