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Articles by James Jaillet

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at jjaillet@randallreilly.com.

Navigating drug testing requirements as state laws increasingly conflict with federal regs

A new law in Maine forbids employers from refusing job applicants or firing employees for testing positive for marijuana use. But the issue is clear ...

Indicators: Spot rates soar to multi-year highs

In line with reports of a record-tight spot market in December, per-mile rates shot upwards again in the month, according to monthly rates data from ...

Former Swift employee pleads guilty to embezzling $1.65M from the company

David Dwight Reynolds bilked his carrier employer out of $1.65 million over the course of three years via two separate scams. He pleaded guilty to ...

Carrier and driver info seemingly safe after hack of FMCSA site, agency says

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has said that a hack of the online tool drivers use to find medical examiners for DOT physicals is ...

Los Angeles sues three drayage carriers, claiming they misclassified drivers as contractors

The latest entry in the ongoing disputes in Southern California: The city government of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against three Southern California-based trucking ...
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FMCSA to study truck drivers’ commuting habits, safety impacts

The agency says it intends to study the ramifications of “excessive commuting on safety and driver fatigue” after surveying drivers.

Indicators: Dry van market closes 2017 with record-high rates, load availability; trucking employment dips

The load-to-truck ratio on the spot market in the dry van segment closed December with a record-high 9-to-1 load-to-truck ratio, according to DAT Solutions ...

Congress set to take up trucking reforms, confirmation of FMCSA chief and infrastructure spending this session

Lawmakers in the House and Senate return to Washington this week for the start of the first Congressional session of 2018, and a few hot ...

Indicators: Shippers ‘feeling the pinch’ of tight truck market

Market conditions for shippers and carriers have "diverged dramatically" in recent months, says FTR, with tight truck capacity pushing rates higher and swinging the market ...

Indicators: Truck tonnage reveals ‘really strong’ freight market

The amount of freight moved by the for-hire trucking industry in November, as measured by the  American Trucking Associations’ For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index, jumped again, ...

Fleets to see tax bills slashed by looming tax overhaul

Carriers will likely be some of the larger beneficiaries of the tax reform bill in the works in Congress, as the bill sets a new ...

With ELD mandate here, FMCSA looks to clarify personal use of trucks

The changes are mostly geared toward straight truck drivers. FMCSA appears to envision drivers of tractor-trailer combination vehicles dropping their trailer before using the truck ...