James Jaillet

Rearview: 17 years of FMCSA oversight

Long before FMCSA’s creation in 2001, Overdrive had been a watchdog of trucking regulation. In the 17 years of FMCSA’s existence, Overdrive has covered the agency’s tracks, from major regulations governing hours to warnings about e-cigarettes.

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Autonomous trucks pave way for hours reform and more, but major roadblocks remain, says ATRI

“Truck driving as a career may become more attractive as Level 3 and Level 4 trucks are commercially available. Automation may relieve some of the stress and monotony of driving long hours and...could allow drivers to work on tasks such as logistics while the vehicle is moving,” ATRI says. “The ability to rest while driving in the Level 4 environment could enable drivers to be at home more often rather than parked at distant ...

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OOIDA to ask for new hearing on ELD challenge

If the 7th Circuit denies OOIDA’s request for a rehearing, the group will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, OOIDA Executive VP Todd Spencer says.

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OOIDA accuses FMCSA of sidestepping rule process with sleep apnea provision, files legal challenge

OOIDA filed its legal challenge Nov. 11, seeking to vacate the rule either in part or in whole. OOIDA says the final rule, which required procedural changes for medical examiners, included an appendix not found in the agency’s 2014 proposal that could subject some truckers to sleep apnea screening.

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Trump promises big on highway funding, could open door to more tolls and privatization

Trump said on the campaign trail he wants $1 trillion invested in U.S. infrastructure. Though he was mum on specifics, he did say he intends to incentivize private businesses to invest in infrastructure projects by offering them tax breaks. Such privatization of U.S. roads could lead to more tolls, says OOIDA's Todd Spencer. And: Readers react on regs promises.

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Final tally: Trucking gave $160k to Trump campaign, $6.3M overall in political contributions

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) was the industry’s top recipient, scoring more than $169,000. President-elect Donald Trump was second, drawing $161,703. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton ranked third, receiving $114,256.

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Will ELD mandate hold under Trump presidency?

Though Republicans will control the House, the Senate and the presidency starting January 21, regulatory relief may still be hard to come by, analysts say.

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Trump bests Clinton, aided by trucking support

Support among truckers helped propel businessman and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump to victory. Trucking-based financial contributions also heavily favored Trump.

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Rates stagnant in October, reefer rates dip to lowest since 2013

Reefer rates fell to $1.97 a mile in October, the first time the segment has fallen below $2 a mile since February 2013. Van and flatbed rates were flat from September, but down year over year.

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Another study shows speed limiter usage prevalent among fleets as fuel saving devices

Speed limiting devices like those proposed for an industry-wide mandate by the U.S. DOT are one of the most used fuel-savings devices used by carriers, according to a study released last month by the American Transportation Research Institute.

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