Jill Dunn

States eye ways to keep rest stops open

Louisiana and New Hampshire recently advanced legislation that would permit private sponsorship to help fund rest areas, while New Jersey has slowed down on the idea.

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Ohio approves 2.7 percent toll hike, speed limit increases

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill which includes a proposed 2.7 percent annual increase in Turnpike truck tolls through 2023 and approves speed increases on some roadways.

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C.R. England appeals $1.3 million judgement to OOIDA

C.R. England is appealing a federal court’s final judgment favoring the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in its 11-year-old class-action suit.

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U.S. pilot program will pre-inspect trucks in Canada

U.S. and Canadian officials have agreed to create a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot project on Canadian soil.

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FMCSA sets new state CDL testing standards

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that will revise testing and standards for commercial driver’s licenses and commercial learner’s permits.

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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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