Jill Dunn

Report: FMCSA can’t effectively study 2013 hours of service, safety conclusions likely skewed

A new Congressional report says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has limited ability to truly evaluate the 2013-implemented hours-of-service rule because its study did not meet research standards and has data constraints. The GAO report covers the agency's 2014-released study on the HOS rule, not the one currently in the works required by a December 2014 DOT-funding act, which also suspended certain portions of the 2013 rule. The U.S. House's transportation committee asked the Government Accountability ...

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Port truckers strike again over wage theft claims, feds intervene in port deal

Truckers at California’s Pacific 9 have begun what the Teamsters have described as an “indefinite strike,” aiming to be classified as employees instead of independent contractors.

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California bill encourages carriers to report misclassification of drivers

California lawmakers are considering a misclassification amnesty program for drayage companies that would relieve port drayage companies from liability for penalties associated with misclassification of drivers as independent contractors if the company enters into a settlement agreement with the state before 2017.

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Congress considering pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to haul interstate

U.S. Sen. Deb Fisher has introduced legislation that would allow a pilot program for CDL holders younger than 21 to do interstate hauling and delivery.

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State’s trucks-only toll plan stymied for now

Rhode Island lawmakers ended their regular session June 25 without approving a plan to fund repair of the state’s deteriorating infrastructure by adding a truck-only user fee on about two dozen bridges.

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Congress, California introduce legislation tackling trucker classification, port labor unrest

U.S. lawmakers are considering ways to prevent prolonged port labor disputes, while California lawmakers are evaluating a bill regarding misclassification of port truckers in its state.

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Truckers arrested at Calif. border for trying to smuggle in thousands of dollars worth of recycling

For the second time since February, California officials have arrested a trucker at the state border on charges of recycling fraud, after authorities caught them trying to sneak in $15,000 of aluminum and plastic.

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Walmart, seeking next move in driver pay case, says 90% of drivers make $80k or more

Walmart is considering its next steps in a class action suit where a federal judge concluded truckers must be paid at least minimum wage for all time worked.

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Walmart could be forced to pay drivers $100M in back pay for non-driving hours

A federal court has ruled Walmart violated California law by not paying truck drivers at least minimum wage for all the time they worked.

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Rhode Island puts brakes on truck-only toll plan

Rhode Island lawmakers are postponing a proposal to fund repairs to the state’s infrastructure with a truck-only toll on about two dozen bridges.

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