EPA, DOT to hold public hearings on next round of emissions, fuel economy regs

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have announced they will hold two public hearings on the upcoming so-called Phase 2 of federal emissions and fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks.

CCJ Innovators: Schneider fights back against cargo theft with holistic, layered approach

The company’s holistic, layered approach leads to zero cargo thefts in 2014. And for that, the carrier has been named a 2015 CCJ Innovator.

Volvo asks FMCSA to allow sensor to be placed outside allowed space on windshield

Volvo has requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow the placement of rain and ambient light detection sensors on Volvo’s trucks lower in the windshield than is currently permitted by regulations.

ATA seeking carriers’ input on industry’s safety investments

The American Trucking Associations is seeking input from motor carriers about investments into safety made by the trucking industry.

CCJ giving away trucker-themed rifle: Here’s how to win

CCJ is giving away an American Trucker Tribute Golden Boy Rifle, made by Henry Repeating Arms, in a contest that ends August 31.

CCJ Indicators: Where van’s hot, why carriers can expect rate increases

A look at the states where van freight is strongest, and what carriers can expect from rates the rest of the year.

Feds say better oversight needed of state CDL testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration needs to clarify and improve its oversight of state CDL testing, according to a new federal report.

Conservative group offers ‘trucker-friendly’ toll plan, ATA says plan anti-truck

A new study by a libertarian think tank/foundation advances the idea of what it calls “truck-friendly tolls” to pay for repairing and expanding the nation’s aging interstate highway system, but a leading trucking organization says the concept discriminates against truckers and calls tolls inefficient.

ATRI: I-10 bridge collapse costs trucking $2.5M a day, $75M a month

If the segment remains closed for a month, the cost would total about $75 million in aggregate to the trucks running that route.

Unannounced brake check day puts 14 percent of inspected trucks out of service

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance checked brakes on 6,337 commercial motor vehicles during its annual unannounced brake check day May 6, the enforcement group announced this week, resulting in a 14.2 percent out-of-service rate overall.

Fleet ordered to pay $20k to driver who refused to drive

A trucking company has been ordered by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to pay $20,000 in punitive damages and $354 to a driver after suspending the driver for refusing to drive for feeling ill.

LA port truckers enter ‘indefinite strike,’ demand to be classified as employees

The drivers filed wage and hour claims with the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and began suing for wage theft and misclassification.

Senate moves closer to highway bill passage, House still shaking head

The Senate voted late Wednesday to allow a vote on the six-year DRIVE Act highway bill that, if enacted, would remove from public view carrier rankings and alerts in the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and secure highway funding for at least three years.