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DOT’s Foxx on road tour: Call Congress, tell them to act on long-term highway bill

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx says a short-term solution won't do this go-around for transportation funding, and he's on the road this week pushing the Obama administration's four-year $302 billion plan and making localities and ...

Driver coercion rule expected this month, speed limiter and Safety Fitness rules could see action soon

The driver coercion prevention rule bouncing around the regulatory circuit could be published this month, according to a Department of Transportation rulemaking update released this week. The DOT projected the rule to clear the White House's ...

Automated transmissions a selling point for driver recruiting

Fleets struggling to put drivers in the seat are more willing to pay premiums that come with automated transmissions in used trucks, more so than their owner-operator counterparts, according to a report recently released by NADA. At ...

Technician shortage: Fleets, dealers, shops face growing gap for qualified mechanics

Just like the driver shortage plaguing trucking fleets and projected to worsen in the next decade, so too does the industry face a growing need for truck mechanics. CCJ sister site Successful Dealer Editor Jason Cannon has put ...

CCJ Career Leadership Award: Jerry Thrift’s legacy, inspiration live on in coworkers, colleagues

It was an ending no one foresaw. Mere weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, Jerry Thrift – a giant of a man with an outsized passion for learning, mentoring and sharing his ...

CCJ Symposium Coming to Southern California

The CCJ Summer Symposium is coming to southern California June 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla CA. Ben Stein,  actor, author, economist, and pop culture icon, will provide the keynote address. The symposium will include panel discussions on the e-log mandate and health and regulations challenges in recruiting and retaining drivers. Jeff Davis from Fleet Safety Services provide a session entitled CSA- Where do we go from here? Full registration includes all sessions, meals and 2 -nights accommodations.  Registration is open, reserve your spot today. www.ccjsummer.com

FMCSA subcommittee to meet to develop potential changes for CSA

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's subcommittee for its Compliance, Safety, Accountability program will meet April 29-30 to develop recommendations for changes to the program, its scoring system and the intervention process. The meeting is open ...

Monday Money: 2014 capacity, demand and pricing outlook in 6 slides

The truck supply is running close to 100 percent utilization, and any combination of freight growth, productivity-draining regulations and bad weather makes for a capacity crisis, says economist Noël Perry, senior consultant with FTR Transportation ...

Key senators promise long-term highway bill, current funding levels

Senate transportation leaders from both sides of the aisle stood together Thursday to announce they've reached an agreement “in principle” on a highway bill, though figuring out how to pay for their plan will be ...

Post.Bid.Ship: a spot market on steroids

In the early 1990s, Jarret Hamstreet started working at his father’s trucking company as a child. As a teenager in the mid-to-late 90s, he took note of a novelty in the office: Internet-based load boards. ...

Senator calls for audit of FMCSA’s investigations

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has asked the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General to audit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s investigative practices. The Illinois Democrat said his request was prompted by Chicago Tribune reports of ...

Agency rescinds hours rule exemptions for propane haulers in 31 states

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has cancelled the Congressionally implemented hours of service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers in 31 of the 36 states where exemptions were granted. The waiver ...

Coalition takes opposition to truck weight increases to Capitol, questions DOT review

With Congress hard at work on the next surface transportation reauthorization, a coalition of public health and safety groups, truck drivers, law enforcement and families of truck crash victims took time from their Capitol Hill ...

‘Value-added’ tolls: A better deal for trucking?

Is there an Interstate tolling solution that the trucking industry might accept, or at least be willing to consider seriously? Given the trillion-dollar backlog of essential maintenance and modernization projects on the nation’s federal highway ...

OOIDA petitions FMCSA to delay driver compliance with medical examiner rule

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a legal petition asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to push back the compliance date of the medical examiner registry rule until more agency-certified examiners are available ...

NTSB safety rec’s to NHTSA include blind spot mitigation, underride guards, trailer data collection

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that regulations be put in place to require new trucks to be equipped with systems to boost blind spot awareness and side and rear underride guards and to ...

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