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Connected World: The Internet of Things now includes the Internet of Trucking Things

Internet of Things: A proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. The Internet of Things (IoT) has a different meaning depending on your vantage point. ...

Trucking industry hits record employment mark, gains 7,400 jobs in June

The for-hire trucking industry added 7,400 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in June, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report, pushing the industry’s employment total to a new all-time high and past ...

FMCSA wants to change CSA intervention thresholds, make hazmat category public

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published June 29 proposed changes to its Compliance, Safety, Accountability safety program, including lowering some intervention thresholds, raising others and making the program’s hazmat category public. The agency’s move to ...

FMCSA reform sought in Senate bill, would require comprehensive review of trucking regs

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) last week filed a bill aimed at reforming the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration including making its rule-making process more open to industry stakeholders and Congress and more transparent to the ...

Senate bill would require CSA disclaimer, set deadlines for rules on e-logs and speed limiters, continue HOS suspension

The Senate’s Appropriations Committee on June 25 passed 20-10 a DOT-funding bill that would set deadlines by which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must publish a Final Rule mandating the use of electronic logging ...

Senate subcommittee clears bill that sets deadlines for e-log mandate, speed limiter rule

The transportation subcommittee of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would, if implemented, set specific dates by which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must publish the final version of its ...

Safety Fitness Determination rule, at long last, finalized and sent to White House for approval

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule that would allow FMCSA to assign absolute safety scores to carriers has been sent from the DOT’s trucking regulatory agency to the White House’s Office of Management and ...

EPA, DOT release proposal for next phase of emissions, fuel economy standards, set to take effect 2018

The EPA and DOT announced Friday their plans for Phase 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles. Phase 2 of the program would “significantly reduce ...

Driver training rule update: Committee issues rec’s, rulemaking now in FMCSA’s hands

Following the final meeting of the Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee last month, formed to help regulators produce an entry-level driver training rule, the group released this week its final recommendation to the Federal ...

Following court defeat, Walmart weighing next moves in trucker pay lawsuit

Walmart is considering its next steps in a class action suit where a federal judge concluded truckers must be paid at least minimum wage for all time worked “There has been no finding that any Walmart ...

After court ruling, Walmart could owe drivers $100M for not paying min. wage for non-driving time

A federal court has concluded Walmart violated California law by not paying truck drivers at least minimum wage for all the time they worked. The company could owe as much as $100 million in backpay, according ...

House clears bill that continues ‘restart rollback,’ blocks carrier insurance rule

A DOT funding bill that would keep in place the hours-of-service restart rollback that came in December has cleared the U.S. House, passing by just six votes at nearly midnight on Tuesday. The fate of the ...

DOT issues size/weight report, says lack of data prevents policy rec; ATA criticizes

The Department of Transportation on Friday issued a report saying it does not have enough data about truck size and weight to be able to make recommendations to Congress or regulators about changing the current ...

Hours-of-service provision in House bill cited as a reason Obama may veto DOT funding bill

The Obama Administration this week said it will strongly consider vetoing a bill to fund the Department of Transportation for the 2016 fiscal year, citing language in the bill that would reinforce last year’s suspension ...

Roadcheck inspection blitz running this week

Roadcheck, the annual inspection blitz done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, is taking place Tuesday-Thursday. Roughly 10,000 inspectors from state, local and federal enforcement ...