January – February 2016

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

California leads the nation…in filing more workers compensation indemnity claims than any other state. The Workers Compensation Industry Research Board (WCIRB) issued its latest review of this problem in early January. Among the key findings is that California workers are more likely to go to the worker’s comp claim system

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away unexpectedly on a hunting trip in Texas on Saturday February 13, 2016. Originally nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, Justice Scalia was the longest serving member on the court. Antonin Scalia was born in Trenton, New

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has appointed Collin B. Mooney as its new executive director, effective Jan. 11, 2016. Collin has been with CVSA for the past 13 years and has been the Alliance’s deputy executive director since 2010. Most recently, he has been serving as the Alliance’s acting

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has hired Mike P. Joyce to be its Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs effective February 15, 2016. Prior to joining the ATA, Mr. Joyce worked as PACCAR’s lobbyist in Washington D.C., and prior to PACCAR Mr. Joyce was the Director of Legislative Affairs with

Reform of the California Highway Patrol’s BASIC Inspection of Terminal (BIT) will also change how brokers, shippers, motor carriers, and others validate participation in BIT (while the acronym is unchanged, it is no longer called the Biennial Inspection of Terminal program). Many brokers and motor carriers as part of their

In case you haven’t noticed, things are getting a bit tough in the trucking business. Ditto construction. One key measure of that is the big drop in new truck sales during the past year, with manufacturers reporting declining sales. Heavy-duty truck orders plunged nearly 37 percent in December from the

By Ellen Voie, President/CEO, Women In Trucking, Inc. Recently a young (23-year-old) professional driver maneuvered her loaded tractor-trailer onto a 19th century bridge in Paoli, Indiana. The driver held a commercial driver’s license (CDL), but apparently the definition of what constituted a ton was not part of the training curriculum.

Did You Renew DIR’s Public Works Contractor Registration? Did you renew your public works contractor registration with California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) by January 1? And, yes, this onerous requirement still applies to independent truckers who work in this area. If so, you can do work in the city,

There was a historic moment January 21 of this year—a tanker loaded with 600,000 barrels of crude oil from the United States landed at a foreign port for the first time since the 1970s. The opening of U.S. crude oil exports was part of the massive omnibus federal spending bill