Feb. 26 is carriers’ last chance to comment on FMCSA’s potential insurance increase rule

The public comment deadline on a rule that could increase the amount of liability insurance required to be held by carriers ends Feb. 26, giving carriers and other industry stakeholders until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to submit their input.

Sleep science: fleets using software to write their own HOS rules

The fatigue model of Omnitracs Analytics uses hours-of-service data from electronic logs to predict when drivers slept. For each driver it calculates a fatigue score on a scale of 100, with 100 being the most extreme case of fatigue.

J.B. Hunt, FedEx get win in driver classification cases in Massachusetts

A federal judge in a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled in favor of major carriers J.B. Hunt and FedEx earlier this month in lawsuits challenging classification of certain drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.

Regulators trying to block merger of two major private fleets over trust concerns

State attorney generals have joined the Federal Trade Commission’s effort to block a merger between Sysco Corp. and U.S. Foods Inc. they say would violate antitrust laws.

CCJ Indicators: ATA reports tonnage increase for January, trailer orders lose steam

The latest economic indicators for the trucking industry point to more freight and a dip in trailer orders following a hot fourth quarter.

Keystone XL pipeline construction vetoed by Pres. Obama, override unlikely

President Obama informed the Senate today (Feb. 24) that he has vetoed a bill passed this month that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

TCA pushes trucking industry to hire 50,000 military vets in coming years

The Truckload Carriers Association announced this week it has committed the trucking industry to hiring 50,000 veterans in the next four years. Carriers can participate by dedicating a minimum number of future hires to veterans and making a pledge to that number in the next ...

Trucking Alliance’s 2015 agenda includes push for quicker action on e-logs, insurance increase rule, retaining public CSA scores and more

The Trucking Alliance plans to push for quicker implementation of an electronic logging device mandate, an increase to the minimum amount of liability insurance that trucking companies must hold and a speed limiter mandate, among other items.

Teamsters news: 6,000 UPS workers approve new contract, court approves end gov’t oversight

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters last week made two big announcements: (1) Its recent deal with regulators to end the quarter-century of oversight of its finances and operations has been approved by a federal judge, and (2) 6,000 UPS Teamsters members have inked a five-year ...

Diesel price climbs 3.5 cents in third straight weekly increase

The last three weeks could point to a reversal of fortune from the last six months, as the price has climbed 6.9 cents since Feb. 2 and 6.5 cents in the last two weeks.

Give the blue-collar kids a chance, too

“I saw on the news the other day where the president wants to give free community college to students now. Well, why not free technical and vocational school tuition as well?”

Walmart driver in Tracy Morgan case files appeal to halt proceedings

Driver Kevin Roper filed his appeal Feb. 16, following federal Judge Lois Goodman’s Feb. 3 order denying Roper’s second request to delay Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart until the criminal proceedings conclude.

Ryder to train entire maintenance staff on natural gas vehicle technologies

Over 6,000 maintenance and service employees across Ryder’s 800 maintenance facilities will be trained on the new technology.