California

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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Court presses OOIDA on ‘unconstitutionality’ of Calif. emissions regs during oral arguments

The court overseeing the OOIDA’s lawsuit against California and its stringent emissions regulations heard oral arguments last week in the case, and, per one report, OOIDA faced tough questions about its suit and the evidence used to support it.

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Roundup: The WSJ, again — CARB rule a ‘scam’; A night on the Pacific in Cali.

The Wall Street Journal lays into the California Air Resources Board's Truck & Bus Rule for diesel trucks -- the most significant mainstream criticism yet. And: Jim Wright's Pacific idyll of a layover.

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Study: California owner-operators outearn company drivers

Among California truckers, average owner-operator net income exceeds that of company drivers by more than $17,000, according to a study released today.

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