California

Calif. VMT tax pilot project follows Ore.’s weight-mile lead

Trucking telematics provider EROAD tapped to track heavy-duty participants in California's vehicle-miles-traveled tax pilot project, running nine months beginning in July.

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California steamin’ — just say no to being nuts

Wendy on one driver's trailer-retrofit / delivery nightmare: "I'm no fan of California's prohibitively restrictive laws, but I'm also not a fan of insanity. Just say no to being nuts. Please."

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Ted Cosa’s California close call

When a four-wheeler spun out up ahead on a California highway, Ted Cosa's ABS performed flawlessly at 75K lbs. in what you'll see in his dashcam vid here was a very, very close call.

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Trucker allegedly beaten by Calif. patrol officers settles case, sum undisclosed

An alleged roadside beating of a truck driver, who was stopped by two California patrol officers just after being inspected at a weigh station, led to broken bones, a traumatic brain injury, contusions and more. The amount awarded him by the state in the case was not disclosed.

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CARB exemption, Obamacare deadlines this weekend

Heads-up on two fast-approaching deadlines Jan. 31: 1) Final day to register with and report to the California Air Resource Board for its 1,000-mile low-use exemption. 2) Sunday mark's the end of this year's Obamacare exchange open enrollment.

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Reader: Do I need to comply with California meal and rest break rules?

Short answer: California's meal and rest break provisions are seeing some litigation after court precedent. Some employers in a defensive posture are requiring the breaks of their drivers, adding complexity on top of an already complex federal hours reg.

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Outreach to immigrant communities among truckers should be a top priority of owner-op organizations

Reader owner-operator Ernest Tufft believes better outreach could encourage better "expectations of wages and working conditions, as a way to stabilize the marketplace for workers like me."

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Parking: ‘It’s bad all over’

With a major study out and a new national coalition beginning regional meetings, the heat’s up on the increasing need for safe parking.

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Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Protection of independent/small-fleet business freedom or "wage theft" from company drivers? A growing conflict over a highway-bill amendment as House-Senate conference gets under way.

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Podcast: Highway bill effort to resolve federal/state legal conflict over carrier services, driver wages

New court interpretations of the FAAAA introduce contradictions between federal and state law (particularly in California) that challenge percentage- and mileage-based compensation. In this podcast, legislation currently under consideration to resolve the issue.

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