Kevin Jones


Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he likes big trucks.

Big fleets ask FMCSA for waiver to use only hair testing in drug screens
A half dozen trucking companies, including several of the nation’s largest, have petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for a waiver that would permit the use of hair testing in lieu of urinalysis for driver drug and alcohol screens.
FMCSA suspends registration rule until new system works
With kinks still be worked out in its new Unified Registration System, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the implementation date of the final stage. The bottom line for carriers: Follow the same procedures and forms used to submit information to FMCSA as they do today.
ELD implementation to push truckload rates higher in 2017—and beyond
Truckload rates will increase about 4% this year, with capacity pressure brought on by the looming ELD mandate more than compensating for an economic recovery that’s become “stale,” contends transportation economist Noël Perry.
Chao, 'ideal candidate' to lead DOT, emphasizes safety, funding innovation
Trucking didn’t get much of a preview of industry-specific priorities for the Trump administration but, if the Senate confirmation hearing for the Transportation Secretary nominee is any indication, whatever the incoming occupant of the White House wants in terms of planes, trains, and automobiles will be capably delivered to Congress by a smooth and well regarded insider.
Trucking-friendly senator retains leadership role
The senator who led the push for reform of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the way trucking regulations are developed and enforced will once again chair a critical transportation subcommittee.
Trucking jobs total hits all-time high to close 2016
After six consecutive months of improvement, the number of trucking jobs closed out 2016 with a new record high total, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor report issued Friday.
Carrier requests split-sleeper flexibility for team drivers
Another fleet has asked FMCSA for some flexibility in the sleeper berth requirement so that team drivers “will experience better quality rest”—and be more safe. The request from Tennessee-based Dillon Transportation LLC, a 103-truck fleet with 50 team drivers, was published Friday in the Federal Register.
Outlook: Truck equipment and the new administration 

Summarizing the truck equipment regulations newly on the books or in development for 2017 was more straightforward before Donald Trump was elected president. By and large, however, equipment suppliers and analysts don’t expect significant challenges to ongoing initiatives—with one possible exception: the next round of truck fuel efficiency standards, known as the Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards (Phase 2).

2016's Top 10 Dash Cams
While it began as something semi-serious to get readers headed into the weekend, Friday’s Dash Cam of the Week has become the most popular feature on American Trucker, our publication geared to owner-operators. And, when done right, the video clips educate as much as they entertain.
OOIDA, safety groups petition to block CDL training rule
So much for teamwork and letting “stakeholders” collaborate to develop a trucking regulation. Four members of the advisory committee that drafted the recently published Entry-Level Driver Training Rule have petitioned FMCSA to reconsider, citing “numerous reasons why major aspects of the Final Rule are not in the public interest.”
Truck drivers top latest work fatality list
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation, according to newly released data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Speed limiters: Safety groups want mandate—ASAP 2
While even truckers who support the idea of a speed limiter mandate point to serious flaws in the Dept. of Transportation’s first go at a proposal, the main objection coming from safety groups is that the rulemaking has taken so long.
Speed limiters: State agencies question federal role, safety, roadside details 2
Commercial vehicle enforcement agencies share many of the same real-world concerns expressed by carriers and drivers in formal comments on the DOT-proposed truck speed limiter mandate, such as the safety risks posed by speed differentials and “elephant races” on the freeways. But the enforcement side of the regulation also have concerns unique to their roles, ranging from roadside technical details to whether or not the federal government has any business imposing a one-size-fits-all speed limit on states that better understand their own highway systems.
Speed limiters: Owner-operators just say no
Owner-operators and large trucking companies share many of the same concerns about the proposed speed limiter requirement for heavy-duty trucks. But while the big fleets generally support the underlying concept of the standard, independents overwhelmingly reject the idea that the federal government should be making operational decisions for truckers.
FMCSA delays carrier registration upgrade—again
A month before the new, simplified, online carrier registration process was to be fully operational, FMCSA is extending the implementation date of the final stage of its Unified Registration System (URS), the agency has informed industry stakeholders.
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