Jill Dunn

States addressing contractor misclassification problems

New Jersey’s legislature is one of at least five state assemblies considering changes in employee and contractor classification.

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Agency makes GPS training standard for new entry-level drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued recommendations on Global Positioning Systems and will require entry-level CDL holders receive training on use.

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Maryland House bill proposes fuels-tax changes

Maryland bill HB 1515 would generate an additional $3.4 billion for state highway and transit projects in part with a new 2 percent motor fuel sales and equivalent use-tax rate on retail gas price.

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Minnesota governor wants new tax on trucking

New data and opposition to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget might impact his plan to institute a 5.5 percent sales tax on trucking and other services.

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Appeal heard to keep Tony the Tiger at truck stop

The battle over Tony the Tiger — the tiger at the Gross Tete, La., Tiger Truck Stop — is still raging, as a court case dealing with custody continued February.

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Virginia cuts fuel pump taxes, restricts tolling

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected to sign a bill requiring legislative approval to toll Interstate 95. Meanwhile, Connecticut lawmakers are eyeing proposals that could include tolling I-95.

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Washington state bill would bar owner-operators from port

Washington House members are considering bills to requiring Port of Seattle to bar owner-operators and altering the state’s definition of independent contractors.

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Tenth Mexican carrier gets U.S. operating authority

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a tenth Mexican carrier authority while it awaits a court’s decision regarding the cross-border trucking pilot program.

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States losing support for rest stops, seek funding

Recent year financial constraints have forced state officials nationwide to slice budgets, causing some state legislators to look for commercial support for rest stops.

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Hours rules suspended in states struck by winter storm

Several states hit by winter storm "Nemo" this weekend have suspended hours of service rules for drivers carrying emergency supplies.

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