James Jaillet

Comments to EPA on repealing glider kit emissions regs due Friday night

Truckers looking to file formal comments on an EPA proposal to rollback Obama-era emissions regulations placed on glider kit vehicles have until late Friday night to do so. The EPA’s plan would rescind the glider-specific portions of the Phase 2 standards. The rest of the Phase 2 rule would remain in tact.

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Trucker breaks and pay, infrastructure bill, FMCSA boss confirmation on tap as Congress returns

Congress could soon take action to block states from enacting laws on driver breaks and pay reforms, take up an infrastructure funding package, further delay ELD compliance for livestockers, confirm a new FMCSA boss and more...

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DOT opens 2018 UCR filing process after delay, fees reduced

Independent truckers operating one or two trucks will pay $69 this year, down from $76 in 2017. Enforcers are giving carriers 90 days to register before issuing citations.

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The Year of the ELD: Top trucking trends from 2017 as ELD mandate descended

Coverage of the mandate and its myriad of twists and turns throughout dominated the news cycle in 2017. It also dominated Overdrive’s usual in-depth coverage of the industry. However, a few other key trends emerged too, including regulatory repeals by the Trump Administration, booming rates and the rise of the electric truck. More here...

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The scrum over truckers’ meal per diem: A moot point under tax reform? (examples included)

Whether there's a change to the per diem or not may mostly be a moot point, since the bill doubles the standard deduction allotted to all income tax filers, including truckers. The new deduction protocol for income tax filings may ultimately hinge on a numbers game, and owner-operators and company drivers will need to determine the best way to maximize their deductions.  

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Tax bill likely sunsets meal per diem for drivers, cuts rates across the board

Insight into the tax reform bill that passed Congress on Wednesday, including tips on ways to maximize deductions -- and minimize tax bills -- for this year and next.

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FMCSA proposes altering personal conveyance guidelines as ELD mandate arrives

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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