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New York State to Enforce the Federal Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule for Drivers of Commercial Vehicles

The United States Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, developed hours-of-service (HOS) regulations which dictate when and how long an individual may drive a commercial vehicle. For...more

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

California’s Meal and Rest Break Rules for Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Remain Preempted by Federal Law . . . For Now

Signaling another positive development for interstate motor carriers operating in California, the United States District Court for the Central District of California (the “Central District”) recently dismissed a truck...more

Benesch

Industry Recommendations to Simplify Household Goods Regulations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published recommendations from the 2016 FAST Act Household Goods Working Group on February 27, 2019. The Working Group was a Federal Advisory Committee created by...more

Benesch

InterConnect Newsletter - Spring 2019

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Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) publication of the Final Rule regarding Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food on April 6, 2016, 21 CFR 1.900, et seq. (the STF Rule), there has been an increase...more

Fox Rothschild LLP

Carriers Benefit As FMCSA Preempts California’s Meal & Rest Break Laws

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it was exercising its authority under federal law to rule that California’s meal and rest break laws are preempted and cannot be enforced against...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Teamsters Challenges Federal Agency Decision On California Break Rules On Interstate Truck Drivers

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 2785 has filed a petition for review to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) determination that California’s meal...more

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart,...

Federal Agency Preempts California’s Meal and Rest Break Rules for Property-Carrying Commercial Drivers

In an order with significant implications for motor carriers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) concluded that California’s meal and rest break rules are preempted by federal transportation law and may...more

Benesch

New FMCSA Rule Would Permit Immediate Suspension of Broker/Freight Forwarder Authority

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) on Thursday, September 27, 2018, to address broker and freight forwarder financial responsibility...more

Roetzel & Andress

DOT Aims To Revise Truckers' Hours-Of-Service Regulations

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a statement hinting at possible future changes to the current regulations governing commercial truck drivers’ rest breaks and hours-of-service regulations. The...more

SmithAmundsen LLC

Personal Conveyance Update – Trying To Define What A Driver Can And Cannot Do

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Hours of Service and when is a driver on duty, how time is tracked (ELDs), and what can a driver do, have been the subject of ongoing regulatory activity, litigation and debate for the past decade and more. One of the issues...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Is a Recent FMCSA Hours of Service Exemption a Sign of Things to Come?

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted tank truck drivers an exemption from the 30-minute break requirement in the hours of service regulations, which became effective April 9, 2018. 83 FR 15221 (Apr....more

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard,...

Subtropical Storm Alberto: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regional Emergency Declaration for Southeastern States...

The Arkansas Oil Marketers Association circulated an announcement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) which provides a Regional Emergency Declaration related to Subtropical Storm Alberto....more

Holland & Knight LLP

Transportation Developments in Year 1 of the Trump Administration - President Touts New $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan; A...

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In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

Benesch

Setting the Course for 2018 and Beyond: The Unified Carrier Registration Fee Final Rule

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On January 5, 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) published a Final Rule setting the fees for the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement (“UCR”). The January 5, 2018 Final Rule (the “Final...more

Benesch

ELD Zero-Hour is Nearing, May Lay Traps for the Unwary

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Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

Benesch

InterConnect - Fall 2017

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Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

Burr & Forman

FMCSA ELD Mandate is Here, but Will Have Grace Period

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The December 18, 2017 compliance deadline for the FMCSA’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is quickly approaching for the transportation industry. The mandate will require all drivers of commercial motor vehicles who...more

Holland & Knight LLP

More than 20 Years Later, Cross-Border Trucking Fight under NAFTA Continues

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Major industry groups are lobbying the U.S. Trade Representative with respect to existing program that allows Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S under NAFTA. It is unclear what the cost to the U.S. would be if it were to...more

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Liability, Damages, and Negligence: What Victims Need to Know About North Carolina Trucking Accidents

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Commercial trucking is essential to the North Carolina economy. According to one source, over 70% of all freight tonnage in the United States is moved on trucks, and there are 3.6 million heavy-duty commercial trucks on the...more

Howard Ankin

Aging Truck Drivers Face Medical Conditions that Reduce Roadway Safety

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Aging commercial truck drivers face medical conditions that create safety hazards for themselves and other drivers. The physical and mental exhaustion associated with trucking can negatively impact many age-related...more

Genova Burns LLC

Mr. Martinez (Maybe) Goes to Washington: NJ Chief Administrator to be Appointed by President Trump

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Raymond Martinez, the current Chair and Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (“MVC”), is to be appointed by President Trump as the next Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Autonomous Commercial Vehicles Closer to Hitting the Road After New Developments

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• The release of new federal guidance on autonomous vehicles, as well as the recent consideration of federal autonomous vehicle legislation in Congress, increases the likelihood that the introduction of autonomous commercial...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Motor Carriers Get Small Reprieve in Electronic Logging Device Implementation

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Trucking companies will receive a small reprieve when it comes to implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) rule that takes effect on Dec. 18, 2017. The rule,...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Buckle Up: Autonomous Commercial Vehicles are Coming to a Road Near You

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While most of the buzz about autonomous vehicles involves passenger vehicles, autonomous trucks soon will become a reality, too. Large driverless trucks! Although it sounds implausible, and perhaps frightening to some, it...more

Holland & Knight LLP

USDOT Proposals May Help Reduce the Shortage of Drivers by Making it Easier to Obtain a Commercial Driver's License

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It is common knowledge that a shortage of qualified drivers is a chronic problem in the trucking industry. For instance, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has estimated that there are 48,000 open jobs in the...more

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