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Trump orders agencies to freeze new regulations, ELD mandate likely shielded

January 25, 2017

President Trump issued Friday an order to executive agencies directing them to freeze all new regulations pending further review by Trump and his team. It’s unclear, however, whether this rule will affect any coming trucking regulations, especially since the administration’s memo, circulated by Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, allows for regulations related to “health, […]

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221 cargo theft incidents reported in first quarter

May 23, 2016

The number of cargo thefts in the United States in 2016’s first quarter was up 8 percent, but the average value of the thefts was down 56 percent when compared to the first quarter in 2015, according to FreightWatch International’s quarterly report, released this week. FreightWatch recorded a total of 221 thefts in the quarter […]

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Carrier wins Colorado case brought by drivers wanting overtime pay, breaks

May 2, 2016

Colorado intrastate truckers who transport out-of-state shipments destined instate are exempted from federal and state wage law, according to a federal appellate court. On April 21, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district’s court award of summary judgement to the Iowa-based Decker Truck Lines (No. 135 in the CCJ Top 250). This is […]

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Truck-related fatalities down, but injury crashes on the rise

May 2, 2016

Earlier this month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Analysis Division released its annual “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts” study examining truck- and bus-related crash statistics for 2014. The first thing that caught my eye in the 120-page report was the decrease in large trucks involved in fatal crashes. Citing information from the National […]

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Driver turnover at large fleets surges above 100%

April 29, 2016

Latest figures on driver turnover: The turnover rate at large truckload fleets continued to rise in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to quarterly data released April 25 by the American Trucking Association, who pegged the annualized turnover rate for large truckload fleets at 102 percent in the quarter. 2015’s fourth quarter was the second […]

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Fuel prices rise for second week in a row, remain below $2

March 3, 2016

For the second week in a row, fuel prices climbed slightly, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report, with prices increasing by six-tenths of a cent during the week ending Feb. 29.  The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel now stands at $1.989, remaining below $2 a gallon for the third consecutive […]

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Driver coercion rule published, takes effect in January; fines carriers up to $16k for coercion instances

November 30, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation published Nov. 30 a Final Rule that sets up new fines for carriers, brokers, shippers and others for pressuring truck drivers to operate outside of federal safety regulations. Such coercive acts generally come in the form of threatening truck drivers with fewer miles, fewer loads or other economic harm.  The […]

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FMCSA director gives preview of safety fitness rule

March 7, 2015

A spokesperson for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave some insights into what motor carriers can expect from the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule, which the agency expects to publish in June. Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, Office of Enforcement and Compliance, spoke at the Omnitracs Outlook user conference, Feb. 8-10 in Dallas. Compliance, safety, and accountability is a […]

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Volvo adds long-haul VAH auto-hauler

March 7, 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volvo has added a VAH 630 premium sleeper tractor designed for long-haul transport to its auto-hauler line. The new offering rounds out a line of auto-haulers that already include a VAH day cab and small sleeper model. “We are pleased that we now have a solution specifically tailored to the long-haul segment […]

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NHTSA Initiates Investigation of Michelin Auto Hauler Tires

October 23, 2014

Investigation of Michelin WASHINGTON—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary evaluation of Michelin XZA 295/60/R22.5 tires for possible defects. “The tire may fail catastrophically when used on the steer axle,” states the resume dated Oct. 6 from NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation initiating the investigation. ODI said it has received six vehicle […]

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