James Jaillet

FMCSA proposes altering personal conveyance guidelines as ELD mandate nears

The key change to the personal conveyance guidance is the removal of the requirement that trucks be unladen to be used for personal conveyance. FMCSA says the change is mostly meant to allow straight truck drivers the opportunity to use their truck, even if it is laden with work- or load-related materials or tools, for personal use.

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ELD compliance extension for ag/livestock haulers formally issued by FMCSA

FMCSA has officially issued a waiver giving drivers who haul livestock and ag loads until March 18 to switch from paper logs to ELDs. It's also soon accepting comments on changes to hours of service exemptions offered to ag haulers.

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FMCSA, DOT present oral arguments over sleep apnea guidelines, medical form changes

Attorneys for OOIDA argued last month in court that the U.S. DOT illegally altered sleep apnea screening guidelines for truck drivers by slipping an appendix into larger rule after the public comment period had ended. DOT refutes these claims.

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Fresh evidence prompts judge to delay autonomous tech trial between Google, Uber

The trial for a high-profile lawsuit between two of Silicon Valley’s biggest players, Uber and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) involving trade secrets and patents behind autonomous vehicle technology has been delayed until February. The Department of Justice has also announced it is pursuing a criminal investigation against Uber over the accusations made against the company.

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FMCSA’s database of certified med examiners down indefinitely

They agency says it does not have a timeline for when the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners will be live again. The agency is directing drivers in need of medical certification to reach out to examiners directly “to verify that they are certified and listed."

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Lawmakers intro bill to beef up rear impact guards, mandate side guards on trailers

A bipartisan and bicameral group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday announced intentions to introduce a bill in Congress to require tractor-trailers to be equipped with so-called side underride guards, intended to protect car occupants in crashes in which the car slides under the trailer.

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Senators push for further delay of ELD compliance for livestock haulers

A bi-partisan group of 20 U.S. Senators has filed a letter with Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) expressing their support for a Congressional measure to give livestock haulers and insect haulers at least an extra 10 months to comply with the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate.

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ELD adoption by owner-operators upticks as mandate deadline nears

The number of small carriers, including owner-operators running fewer than five trucks, who report being in compliance with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate spiked in recent weeks, according to polling figures from CarrierLists. See the numbers here...

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Reefer, van rates continue to march skyward, flatbed stays strong

Economic conditions continued to drive spot market rates higher in November, with per-mile rates for van and reefer climbing to multi-year highs, according to data from Truckstop.com. Flatbed rates dipped for the first time since July, according to Truckstop.com, following months of strong gains.

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Indiana wants delay in ELD mandate due to concerns about FMCSA registry

Citing a bevy of concerns, Indiana’s attorney general has filed a request with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to delay the Dec. 18, 2017, compliance deadline of the agency’s electronic logging device mandate. , Indiana AG Curtis Hill Jr. says the deadline, now weeks out, “would place undue burdens on drivers and operators,” arguing for “an immediate delay in the implementation of the new requirements.”

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