2014

There is a statistic that is constantly passed around in the media that claims for each 10-cent drop in price for gas over a full year, that drop translates into roughly a $13 billion savings for U.S. consumers. With about 38-million people, California has 12 percent of the U.S.’s 318

For the last few months the price of motor fuel has been declining — even in California — for a combination of reasons. First reason is the huge increase in U. S. oil production in the Dakotas, Texas and Pennsylvania where the use of hydraulic fracturing and other recovery techniques

California rule changes coming but nobody knows when After more than two years of rule-making, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) October 2nd published its revisions to the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. While the federal rule changes take effect November 3rd, California contractors and truckers will have to

Pre-conditions disallow certain truck owners from accessing provision After a contentious public hearing in Sacramento, a lawsuit filed by a motor carrier challenging CARB’s environmental analysis in approving amendments to the statewide truck and bus rule, and a series of public comment periods, CARB staff have officially unveiled how truck

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) held its annual fall meeting on Sept. 14-18 in Buffalo, New York. Why Buffalo of all cities? CVSA rotates leadership annually and each new president of the Alliance gets to host the annual conference in their home state. The outgoing president of CVSA this

In another example of California labor laws being used by plaintiffs’ attorneys to sue trucking employers, Walmart now joins the ranks of trucking companies defending themselves against charges they have violated an assortment of California labor laws. Walmart operates one of the largest private fleets in the U.S. and driving

Three Judge Panel Hears Appeal of Adverse Verdict against Motor Carrier The Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District in San Francisco heard oral arguments on September 26, 2014 in the case of Lavon Godfrey and Gary Gilbert, et al v. Oakland Port Services Corporation. d/b/a/

Coming on the heels of an August 22, 2014 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx from a coalition of ten industry groups (see Sept. CTN – page 26), another coalition of industry groups are echoing the request that Secretary Foxx have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) remove from

Transportation and Warehousing Sector Already Back to 2007 levels The construction industry is forecast to lead southern California’s economy in 2015 according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), released last month. The report looked at the national, state and local economies, noting that

For many teenagers, getting a driver’s license is an important rite of passage. For parents, however, it can be a time of concern. It’s no small matter to hand the keys of a two-ton vehicle over to sons or daughters who not that long ago were having their training wheels