Does federal law exempt truckers from certain state labor laws? Supreme Court could decide

| January 06, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration Act of 1994 — which explicitly says federal law preempts state laws in such circumstances — could face a challenge in the country’s highest court this year, as Penske Logistics has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a lower court’s decision.

Med examiner who scammed truckers fined $109k; carrier owner sentenced to probation for violating shutdown order

| January 06, 2015

The DOT recently reported action on several trucking-related criminal cases, including the potential finale to the Terri’s Farm horse-hauling saga and a plea deal made with a medical examiner defrauding truckers by falsely signing drug test results:

Driver receives a crash course in CPR — and delivers

| January 06, 2015

In this video, Bison Transport driver Sahasi recounts how he stepped up to the task when other motorists declined to help a woman who had gone into cardiac arrest on the side of the road.

PeopleNet updates e-log software to reflect suspension of restart regs

| January 05, 2015

Electronic logging hardware and software provider PeopleNet announced last week it has updated its eDriver application to reflect the reversion to enforcement of pre-July 2013 rules governing the use and scope of a 34-hour restart.

Brake inspection blitz places 16.2% of vehicles out of service, up from 2013 rate

| January 05, 2015

The percentage of vehicles placed out of service in 2014 jumped a few points from 2013’s record-low of 13.5 percent, but the percentage comes from a smaller sample size.

Random drug testing of truckers to continue at 50 percent rate

| January 05, 2015

Random drug testing rates for truck operators will remain at 50 percent, FMCSA announced recently.

Indiana’s vanishing clean inspections, further speed scrutiny

| January 02, 2015

Indiana ranks No. 5 nationwide for the smallest percentage of clean inspections.

Business trending better in 2015, operators say

| January 02, 2015

Four in 10 readers believe 2015 holds better prospects than 2014 for their businesses.

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