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Bendix has issued a recall on more than 190,000 of its SR-5 Trailer Spring Brake Valves, resulting in more than 30,000 trailers being recalled by 11 trailer manufacturers. The affected Bendix units include those manufactured between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 4, 2016. The company says the recalled valves can

Idaho truckers are now able to carry loads up to 129,000 pounds on interstate highways as result of a provision inserted in the new federal highway bill. Idaho joins Nevada, Utah and Montana as states where truckers can legally operate on the interstate 49,000 pounds heavier that what is typically

Announced Pilot Program of Questionable Value to Truckers By Joe Rajkovacz, WSTA Director of Governmental Affairs Washington D.C. – On July 12, 2016 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA or Agency) published a long awaited notice to establish a demonstration program where motor carriers could potentially have crashes where

Speakers Discuss Concern about the Future of Highway Funding Washington D.C. – On June 29, 2016 the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) sponsored a Lunch & Policy Discussion at the National Press Club on the exact day of the 60th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower signing legislation

By Brett Strauss, General Counsel, SDP Payroll Due to the new rules and regulations created by California AB-1513 (Piece-Rate Legislation), a few employers in the transportation industry have reached out to SDP to get our opinion on potentially abandoning piece-rate compensation all together and adopting a new compensation structure that

The new expanded overtime pay rules announced by the Obama Administration May 18th mean if you are an employer with salaried employees making under $47,476 per year, you better read this. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issue a final rule that was forced out a few months early because

Lays out states blueprint for adopting zero-emissions trucks In late July California issued its public policy statement telegraphing how it will once again attempt to install a command and control (top down) interference in how goods are transported within the state. The ineptly named California Sustainable Freight Plan claims to:

Washington D.C. – On Aug. 16, 2016 the U.S. EPA along with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued their final regulations for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles that would improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution to reduce the impacts of climate change, while bolstering energy

To better serve our members the WSTA began publishing a weekly electronic newsletter on Aug. 8th. The e-Newsletter is a compilation of relevant news from the previous week and will be in your in-box every Monday morning. The newsletter will allow the association to provide you with a much wider