What owner-operators can expect from FMCSA’s Safety Fitness rule

| February 17, 2015

The key difference between the Safety Fitness portion of CSA and the already existing SMS, says FMCSA, will be relativity — or lack thereof. The SFD will score carriers on their individual performance, rather than the percentile rankings produced by the SMS, which compare carriers to their peers.

E-log, speed limiter mandates delayed, DOT says in latest regulatory report

| February 16, 2015

The DOT has pushed back projected publication dates for several major trucking regulations expected this year, according to its monthly rulemakings report. Here are the dates the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expects to publish each.

Barriers to the next generation of drivers detailed in ATRI’s demographics study

| February 14, 2015

It will be difficult, noted ATRI President Rebecca Brewster, to keep drivers in trucking if "the drivers are forced ... to drive during periods of increased risk" due to the nature of the hours of service regulations.

POLL: What mpg is your fuel surcharge based on?

| February 13, 2015

With some carriers shifting upward the mpg their fuel-surcharge contracts are based on, what's behind your own calculations of surcharges, such as they exist?

PIB tip: Remember the warranty during truck loan negotiations

| February 13, 2015

When you are negotiating for a truck loan, make sure your dealership is able to service your truck and that warranty work and downtime will have the least possible effect on your driving time and ...

Carriers’ crystal ball extending to recruiting

| February 12, 2015

Your next lease or employment application could well hinge in part on whether predictive, data-based recruiting models suggest you're a good fit for whatever fleet you hope to join forces with -- or not.

Pilot Flying J denied motion to dismiss lawsuits in fuel rebate withholding case

| February 12, 2015

A federal judge said in the 77-page order — which denied motions by Pilot to dismiss the suits — that two of the carriers have made “plausible claim that the Pilot defendants committed at least some fraudulent acts.”

29 ports on the West Coast face shutdowns as labor dispute continues

| February 12, 2015

Ports up and down the West Coast are in the midst of another partial shutdown for a five-day period, despite pressure from retail advocates, a mounting backlog of cargo and intervention by a federal mediator.

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