Business

Carrier ordered by labor department to pay $2 million in pension to 515 drivers

On Jan. 14, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division announced 401(k) pension benefits would be restored to drivers for Lange Trucking Inc. on U.S. Postal Service contracts.

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Owner-operators show business optimism for 2014

Results of polling on 2014 business outlook shows generally optimistic views from the majority of respondents relative to the past year.

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Study says 6×2 axles average 2.5 percent better fuel mileage

The analysis of existing data -- with some new track tests -- by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency showed an average payback time of 20 months given fuel-efficiency gains.

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Hours of service rules waived in 24 states for propane haulers

In response to a request sent to the DOT, FMCSA has issued an hours-of-service exemption to propane haulers in 24 states due extreme temperatures that has caused shortages of propane in affected areas.

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Driver Bettina Cameron ‘Losing It’, New Entrant test backgrounder

Driver Cameron's new Facebook page is dedicated to sharing her story -- she's lost 75 pounds while driving over-the-road in just a year -- to inspire others. Also: More on the New Entrant testing rulemaking under way.

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Agency to publish rule to strengthen ability to shut down carriers with ‘pattern’ of unsafety

FMCSA is set to publish a proposed rule that will allow it to suspend or revoke the authority of motor carriers who have been found to have a pattern of "egregious disregard" for federal safety rules, rather than relying on results of compliance reviews alone.

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Pilot says it’s paid 95% of 5,500 trucking companies in its $85M settlement

Pilot Flying J said this week that by Dec. 31, 2013, it had paid 95 percent of the companies it owed money to in its $85 million settlement with 5,500 trucking companies that an Arkansas court approved in November.

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DOT’s Foxx: As roads, infrastructure continue to worsen, Congress must act

The U.S. needs to stand up and face a looming "infrastructure deficit" by passing a long-term highway funding bill, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said this week, touting various proposals for bolstering funding and increasing efficiency.

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New York targets owner-operator misclassification

In a bill supported by both the New York Motor Carrier Association and the Teamsters, the state is changing misclassification rules to bolster legit contractors and punish misclassification violators.

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Cummins — at least temporarily — abandons development of 15L natural gas engine

Cummins will be halting development of its ISX15 G natural gas-powered engine due to uncertainty of the market and lack of infrastructure, the engine maker says. It will re-evaluate the market later this year.

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