James Jaillet

Top Dem in Senate urges FMCSA to ‘reverse course’ on sleep apnea rule

The agency’s rule, which it formally scrapped last week, would have set in place criteria for medical examiners to use to determine which drivers should be referred for sleep apnea tests. The Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, has called on FMCSA to resume the rulemaking process.

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Navistar ordered to pay $31M to Tennessee fleet over alleged engine defects

Navistar said in a statement it disagrees with the ruling and is “evaluating its options to challenge it.” The company also says it engines were properly tested in line with industry standards.

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2017 owner-operator income: Flatbedding hot, reefer hauling chilly

Checking in on owner-operator income through the first half of the year: Flat to down for most segments, with flatbed gaining momentum and reefer haulers losing ground. Here are the numbers for 2017's first half.

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FMCSA holds listening sessions on CSA, ELDs with no notice to trucking

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with no public notice to the trucking industry or trucking media, is in the midst of a three-stop tour intended to gather input from trucking stakeholders on some of the agency’s most prominent regulations.

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ELD rumors dispelled: Small fleet exemption? Delay to 2019? Answers here…

Given the apparent misinformation making the rounds among drivers, let’s dispel some of the rumors and provide an update on the efforts -- which is all they are at present -- to delay the mandate.

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DOT withdraws rule to set sleep apnea screening criteria for truckers

A sleep apnea rule would give clarity to medical examiners, carrier employers and drivers themselves about what criteria or combination of criteria would prompt a driver to be referred for an in-lab apnea test. The agency's withdrawal of the rule preserves the status quo.

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Trump meets with 100-truck fleet owner to talk small business challenges

The second-generation owner of a 100-truck carrier had the ear of both President Trump and one of his closest advisors, daughter Ivanka Trump, this week at the White House.

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New Walmart policy dings truckers, shippers for late loads — and early ones

Walmart has instituted new shipping and delivery policies that could strap carriers with extra fees for deliveries that are late, mispackaged or delivered earlier than the scheduled delivery time.

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Van, reefer rates soared in July

Per-mile spot market rates in van and reefer segments continued their recent hot streak in July, with both segments climbing to their highest point in two years, according to monthly rate data from Truckstop.com. Flatbed rates dipped a few cents in the month, but the segment’s per-mile rate average remains at one of its strongest points since mid-2015, too.

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Senate DOT bill, unlike House, skips changes to ELD mandate, driver breaks

The Senate’s 2018 fiscal year DOT appropriations does not include any changes to the coming electronic logging device mandate, nor does it include the so-called Denham Amendment, which intends to block states from enacting rest break laws for truck drivers. The House version of the bill does include such reforms.

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