James Jaillet

Tax overhaul expands bonus depreciation to used equipment

The tax overhaul enacted in December now allows so-called bonus depreciation for used truck purchases. But the law also requires buyers to expense the assets in the year they bought them, rather than taking depreciation benefits over a multi-year period.

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As more states move toward legalizing marijuana, it remains off limits for truckers

In one of the first laws of its kind, Maine has enacted rules that forbid the state’s employers from firing employees or refusing job applicants for testing positive for marijuana use. Do these laws and broader marijuana legalization efforts have any bearing on trucking's driver drug screening policies?

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Rates shot up again in December in record-tight market

In addition to posting multi-year highs (again), rates in all three major truckload segments saw gains of about 40 cents a mile compared to December 2016.

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Podcast: Bird’s eye view of fleets’ initiatives on driver scoring systems

In this installment of Overdrive Radio, CCJ Tech Editor Aaron Huff provides a high-level overview of how fleets are using the influx of data from in-cab systems to monitor, coach and score drivers. Listen here...

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Tax reform means annual savings of $2,000 or more for owner-operators

A new deduction allowed for owner-operator businesses, as well as a few other reforms instituted by the tax overhaul, will mean annual savings of $2,000 or more for many owner-operators. Some could see annual savings as high as $7,000.

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Todd Spencer to head OOIDA until April vote for president

OOIDA's board will hold a vote in April to choose the association's next president and CEO, OOIDA has said in a statement. Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer has assumed the role of acting president and CEO in the meantime.

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Swift IT worker pleads guilty to bilking carrier out of $1.65M

In two separate schemes to defraud Swift, former IT worker David Dwight Reynolds swindled $1.65 million from the Phoenix-based carrier giant. He has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges.

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Drivers’ info appears safe, FMCSA says, after hack of medical examiner registry

"There was no evidence of exposure of the personal information of drivers, medical examiners or motor carrier operators," the agency said in a statement to Overdrive on Tuesday about the hack of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

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Lawsuit by city of L.A. seeks back pay for port truckers allegedly misclassified as contractors

Driver misclassification claims have bubbled up across the country in recent years, but Southern California ports are a hotbed of such disputes. In the latest chapter, the city of L.A. has sued three Southern California trucking companies, seeking restitution payments for hundreds of drivers.

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DOT surveying truckers on personal vehicle commute times

FMCSA has announced intentions to survey drivers about the time they spend commuting in their personal vehicles, seeking to determine how often truckers’ commutes to their driving jobs exceed 2 and a half hours. The agency also says it intends to study the ramifications of “excessive commuting on safety and driver fatigue” after the survey’s completion.

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