October 2015

The U.S. House approved its version of the Highway Bill on November 5, 2015. The long title of the Bill is the “Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015” or STRR for short and contains language supported by the American Trucking Associations as well as many large motor carriers

A judge has approved a settlement in a case involving FedEx Ground and some 2,300 California based drivers who worked for the company between 2000 and 2007. FedEx Ground has agreed to pay $228 million to that narrowly defined class of drivers.

The Congressionally mandated Unified Registration System (URS) will begin a phased launch beginning December 12, 2015. A phased approach allows for the complexity of retiring old systems and unifying the regulatory structure for the industry.

By Robert W Poole, Jr. Reason Foundation California has long been seen as having the greatest need of all 50 states for large-scale investment in transportation facilities via long-term public-private partnerships (P3s), but the state Department of Transportation’s union workforce has blocked this funding for decades.

Any good news story is supposed to answer these questions—Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has embarked on an effort to answer those questions with a series of reports looking at fuel costs on a regional basis, starting with a September 30th report

It seems that every month the Obama Administration issues a new attack on independent contractor arrangements, making it a full-time job for trucking industry employers to just stay current with the ever-changing regulations. In the latest attack, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) redefined the employee-employer relationship with a decision

Online tool helps on Washington truck drivers plot route, avoid bridge strikes OLYMPIA – An online tool allows truck drivers to more easily research bridge heights and potential conflicts before they hit the road is nearing its first anniversary, with plans to keep improving though 2016. The Washington State Department

Equal Pay for Women Law in Effect January 1 Women in California who work full time are paid substantially less — a median 84 cents for every dollar — than men, according to a U.S Census Bureau report this year. Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act, October

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced October 8th that they were beginning to enforce California’s Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck and Bus Regulation on operators located outside the state, sending ripples of concern throughout the trucking industry and truck broker communities nationwide. The announcement came during a hastily called telephone press

Star Transport Fired Truckers for Refusing to Transport Alcohol, Federal Agency Charged CHICAGO – A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers at Star Transport, an over-the-road trucking company, when they refused to transport alcohol because