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ATA’s Manning Highlights Trucking Lobby’s Top 7 Priorities
DOT Updates Guidance on Autonomous Vehicles
House Being Lobbied by 42 Groups to Pass Younger Trucker Bill

Q&A: Lane Kidd Explains the Aims of the Trucking Alliance

We spoke at length with Lane Kidd, managing director of the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. the Trucking Alliance) about which issues the carrier-driven and safety-focused lobbying group is most engaged with this year.

May 25, 2018

Gauging Driver Pay by Salary Gains

Gauging Driver Pay by Salary Gains

While long-haul drivers are seldom if ever salaried employees, knowing what the U.S. average percentage rate of increase is for employees who are paid salaries may help fleet managers gauge the pay expectations of drivers. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor.

January 3, 2018

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

FMCSA to Issue 90-Day ELD Waiver to Ag Haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be issuing to haulers of agricultural commodities a 90-day temporary waiver of the new electronic logging device mandate, and also is clarifying how ELDs will work with the personal conveyance provision and the 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption of the hours of service regulations.

November 20, 2017

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

DOT Changing Drug Testing to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic

The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

November 10, 2017

FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

October 20, 2017

3 Ways ELDs Should Help Prevent Driver Coercion

3 Ways ELDs Should Help Prevent Driver Coercion

Drivers are at the heart of the electronic logging device mandate that kicks in just over four months from now. According to Pete Allen of MiX Telematics, it was concern about how drivers might be impacted that compelled FMCSA to put “provisions in place to prevent issues of harassment, one of which is driver coercion.”

August 10, 2017

FMCSA Moving Toward Dropping Diabetic Exemption Requirement

FMCSA Moving Toward Dropping Diabetic Exemption Requirement

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should eliminate the requirement that drivers with insulin-treated diabetes seek a formal exemption from the agency to be allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.

August 7, 2017

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

House Bill Aims to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

A bill newly proposed in the House would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to change the classification of employers and employees. “Currently, it is difficult and overly complicated for businesses to use independent contractors, which limits companies’ growth and individuals’ work,” said Rep. Erik Paulsen, who introduced H.R. 3396.

August 2, 2017

FMCSA Seeks Comment on Medical Review Report Filed for Proposed Diabetes Rule
Tribe Express Takes the Long View on Driver Retention

Tribe Express Takes the Long View on Driver Retention

Boasting a turnover rate as low as 33%, Tribe Express’ roster includes veteran truckers between 50 and 60 years old, as well as an increasing number of younger (age 28 to 35) and female drivers.

May 19, 2016

Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules

Supreme Court Upholds California Driver Break Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied motions seeking to overturn a ruling that upheld a California statute requiring a paid 10-minute rest break every four hours and a paid 30-minute meal period every five hours for truck drivers.

May 5, 2015

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