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GAO: FMCSA study on 2013 hours-of-service rule flawed, safety conclusions could be inaccurate

A new Congressional report says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has limited ability to truly evaluate the 2013-implemented hours-of-service rule because its study did not meet research standards and has data constraints. The GAO report ...

E-log mandate advances, FMCSA sends rule to White House for approval

Still seemingly on target for its projected Sept. 30 publication, a Final Rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices has been sent from the DOT to the White House’s Office of Management and ...

Caterpillar decides to part ways with Navistar, go it alone on truck production

Caterpillar has decided to amicably end its on-highway truck production partnership with Navistar and venture out on its own, as CCJ reported July 28, and it will move production of the Cat C-series trucks, which ...

Navistar, Caterpillar end partnership, each to make own line of vocational truck

Navistar and Caterpillar each announced Tuesday, July 28, they're ending their partnership, an arrangement under which Navistar produced and engineered Cat-branded CT-series trucks since 2011. Navistar also announced it will launch a new line of premium ...

Senate squabble jeopardizes major highway bill that would remove CSA scores; vote could still come this week

The Senate’s DRIVE Act, a six-year highway funding act that would remove carriers’ CSA scores from public view, nearly hit a fate-sealing wall Friday, but a special Sunday session appears to have the legislation back ...

On the margins: technology helps carriers choose better customers, loads

Cowan Systems is at a place where more truckload carriers want to be. Nearly all of its trucks and drivers are on dedicated routes. “We have a commitment with a number of large shippers and do ...

Senate votes to delay vote on CSA-reforming long-term highway bill; McConnell wants bill passed this week

The Senate July 21 voted 56-41 to not allow a six-year highway funding bill to come to the floor for a vote, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) saying his party’s members need more ...

Walmart’s driver pay case the latest barrier of entry in California

Dating back to 1848 when a carpenter discovered gold in a stream in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California has been a land of opportunity for generations of Americans. The Gold Rush gave way to oil ...

Senate committee approves expansive regulatory package for highway bill; would remove CSA scores, allow under-21 drivers

The U.S. Senate’s transportation and commerce committee late Wednesday, July 15, stamped approval on a wide-ranging transportation regulatory package that would if passed remove CSA’s carrier percentile rankings from public view, allow some under-21 CDL ...

Senate proposes trucking regulatory package to attach to long-term highway bill

The Senate’s committee on transportation and commerce is scheduled to take up Wednesday, July 15, an expansive transportation regulatory reform package that calls for the removal of CSA scores from public view, allows hair testing ...

Senate bill would require hourly driver pay, increase carrier liability insurance minimum

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would if passed require employers to pay truck operators for all hours worked, rather than solely per-mile pay, and double the minimum amount of liability insurance ...

Special edition: using technology to recruit and retain more drivers

The trucking industry could immediately fill more than 30,000 driving positions. Carriers also will need to fill 100,000 positions every year for the next decade to keep up with freight volumes and to replace drivers ...

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 ...