Swift makes $4.4 million settlement with 160,000 driver applicants over background checks

| April 23, 2014

Swift Transportation has agreed to a $4.4 million class-action settlement in the case involving claims that the carrier violated stipulations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act by not disclosing to driver applicants that it could access background checks and not allowing applicants to contest the carrier's findings.

TA, Petro offering free WiFi

| April 23, 2014

TravelCenters of America, operator of TA and Petro truck stops, now offers free  WiFi in the restaurant dining rooms of 39 TA and Petro locations. Courtesy WiFi is intended for light Web use during a two-hour ...

Hours rule flaws: Study finds fault in FMCSA research, calls for review of rule

| April 23, 2014

The research used by FMCSA to justify its hours of service rule is seriously flawed and calls into question the entirety of the rule itself, said the American Transportation Research Institute in a study released this week.

Drivers stand to benefit from ELDs?

| April 23, 2014

Jack Roberts, writing in CCJ, highlights "growing evidence that ELDs won’t be all bad for drivers" and the core of ELD opposition as of a piece with reaction to the growing "surveillance state"...

2014 Pride & Polish shows kick off this week in Wildwood, Fla.

| April 23, 2014

The 2014 Pride & Polish National Championship series continues in Wildwood, Fla., at the end of the month where the 75 Chrome Shop will play host to the calendar year's first Pride & Polish show and the third qualifying event for the year's Pride & Polish National Championship.

Checking in with ‘Truckers against CARB’ — rally, public meeting Thursday

| April 22, 2014

Video interview with Loren Hutnick about his "Truckers Against CARB" rally planned for Thursday in Sacramento, as CARB takes up public comment on the flexibility-enhancement provisions it introduced earlier in the year.

FMCSA: Current insurance minimums for carriers ‘inadequate,’ new rule coming

| April 22, 2014

The current $750,000 minimum liability insurance required to be held by carriers is too low, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration this week, and the agency plans to create a rule upping that minimum.

Readers: ‘No’ to truck size/weight increase

| April 22, 2014

Six in 10 driver respondents to a poll about increases to truck sizes and weights favor no change to limits, citing concerns about current repair of roads and bridges, competition and limited benefit otherwise.

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