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While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it will be using off-site compliance reviews more extensively, it still is continuing to conduct roadside inspections. Read More

U.S. net trailer orders for August jumped 49% month-over-month to 28,700 units, the strongest activity since last October, according to preliminary data released Monday by FTR. August orders were 174% above the same month last year, and trailer orders for the last 12 months now total 191,000 units. Read More

The U.S. DOT’s overhauled hours of service rule, which is meant to provide drivers and fleets with greater flexibility in their on- and off-duty cycles, takes effect in just two weeks — on Sept. 29. Read More

Freight volumes should remain sustained through year’s end as Americans continue to spend on retail goods — so far the underpinning of the economy’s, and trucking’s, recovery since the steep downturn in April and May caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and state shutdown orders. Read More

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Friday announced it is extending its COVID-19 emergency declaration, which suspends hours of service regulations for certain haulers, through Dec. 31. Read More

The for-hire trucking industry added 10,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in August, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report. That’s the fourth straight month-to-month gain after the huge fallout in trucking employment — 96,700 jobs — in March and April. Read More

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Friday proposed a pilot program that would allow nonmilitary commercial driver’s license holders 18 to 20 years old to operate commercial vehicles across state lines. The announcement follows an initial request from May 2019 seeking comments on the training, qualifications, driving limitations and vehicle safety systems that FMCSA should consider in developing the program. Read More

With 2020’s tumultuous ride on the spot market showing little signs of slowing, shippers and carriers increasingly are leaning on short-term freight contract agreements as a bridge to calmer days and a return to the usual longer-term pacts.
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The California Trucking Association, backed by the American Trucking Associations and supported by a coalition of other trucking groups, argued Tuesday in the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (a court just one level below the U.S. Supreme Court) that motor carriers and owner-operators should remain exempt from California’s restrictive A.B. 5 law. Read More

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now accepting comments on a proposed pilot program that would give more hours of service flexibility to drivers by allowing them to pause their 14-hour clock. The agency announced the proposal Friday, Aug. 28. Read More

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