James Jaillet

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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New trucker-focused clinic network aims to bring easy care to drivers

Truck drivers and fleets looking for low-cost medical service on the road have a new option in UrgentCareTravel, a growing network of clinics based in certain Pilot Flying J locations off of major highways. In addition to offering basic clinical service to drivers themselves, the company also can provide basic care to drivers’ family members, too.

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Comment period opens on EPA rule to protect glider trucks from emissions regs

Truckers and other industry stakeholders have until January 5 to file formal comments on the EPA’s proposal to exempt glider kit vehicles from the Phase 2 tractor-trailer emissions standards enacted last year by the Obama Administration.

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Cross-border trucking reforms part of NAFTA negotiations

A rework of the U.S. DOT’s cross-border trucking program with Mexico is under consideration in a planned update of the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to Teamster staffer Mike Dolan. NAFTA currently allows any Mexican-based carrier to apply for authority to operate in the U.S.

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FMCSA delays ELD compliance for ag haulers for 90 days

Truckers hauling agriculture loads and livestock will receive an additional 90 days to comply with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Monday. The waiver gives such haulers until mid-March to adopt an ELD.

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Fatigue’s fast track — regulations: Are fatigue-monitoring systems destined to upend hours-based regulations?

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EPA officially proposes killing regs that threatened glider kit trucks

The Environmental Protection Agency will soon publish a rulemaking intended to exempt glider kit trucks from the sweeping Phase 2 emissions standards enacted by the Obama Administration in 2016, bringing relief to a segment of vehicle makers that said the emissions standards would kill their businesses.

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