James Jaillet

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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FMCSA makes strides in targeting highest-risk carriers, report concludes, but challenges remain

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken steps to hone in on high-risk carriers -- and intervene more quickly for investigations -- the agency must continue to improve its intervention tactics, according to a report issued Thursday by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

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Van freight volume, rates ease off recent hot streak

Coming off of two-year highs just two weeks ago, van rates and volume dipped slightly in the most recent week. Reefer saw similar declines.

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ELD delay faces big hurdles, even with added co-sponsors

Despite a bill being introduced this month to delay the ELD mandate, Congress appears reluctant to tackle the issue. ATA is also adamant there's little support for the measure among lawmakers.

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Trump DOT nixes sleep apnea rulemaking, bumps speed limiter mandate

The U.S. Department of Transportation, as expected under the Trump administration, has signaled it will not continue to pursue a rulemaking to mandate the use of speed limiters in the trucking industry, at least any time soon. However, the DOT still considers instituting sleep apnea screening protocol for truck operators and carrier employers as a near-term priority.

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Bill to delay ELD mandate two years filed in House

If enacted, owner-operators would have two additional years, to December 2019, to switch from paper logs to an electronic logging device. The bill has hurdles to clear before becoming law, however.

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Efforts to change ELD mandate for smaller carriers gain steam in Congress

A panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House on Monday issued a report advising FMCSA to study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the federal ELD mandate is warranted.

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Walmart tells truckers it may drop them if they haul for Amazon

As the war for online retail dollars heats up, Wal-Mart has told carriers that work for the company that it may rescind its business with them if they haul loads for Amazon.

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Human trafficking convicts would be barred for life from trucking under Senate bill

A bill introduced by the Senate’s Commerce Committee this week would permanently disqualify truck drivers from holding a CDL if they've been convicted of a human trafficking offense. The legislation part of a two-bill package aimed at combating human trafficking that occurs on U.S. roadways.

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