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Tennessee eyes weight-distance tax to shore up state road funding

The proposal was made as a measure to boost state revenues for road funding by Paul Bailey, a freshman member of the state Senate and a Republican from Sparta, Tenn.

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Independent contractor status in question: What’s happening with ‘misclassification’ efforts nationwide

Trucking and labor nationwide are engaged in a debate over what determines independent contractor status, as lawmakers and courts consider whether owner-operators should be classified as employees.

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Highway safety report card ranks Ill., Ore., D.C. as best and South Dakota as worst

A nationwide survey has ranked Illinois, Oregon and the District of Columbia the best and South Dakota the worst in adoption of highway safety laws.

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New York targets owner-operator misclassification

In a bill supported by both the New York Motor Carrier Association and the Teamsters, the state is changing misclassification rules to bolster legit contractors and punish misclassification violators.

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OOIDA sues NY over out-of-state fees

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is legally challenging New York’s mandate that out-of-state trucks pay registration fees to operate on state highways.

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NJ governor vetoes owner-operator bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has used his strongest veto power against legislation that would have barred owner-operators from the drayage and parcel delivery service.

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N.C. further limits tolling with legislation

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the second of two bills that limit the state’s ability to toll existing lanes.

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Connecticut truckers welcome owner-operator law

A new Connecticut law dealing with independent contractor status is being embraced by owner-operator advocates.

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Severe congestion, delays expected on NJ’s Route 22

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission will start a major rehabilitation project on the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 22 across the Delaware River between Easton, Pa. and Phillipsburg, N.J., on Monday,  June 17. Travel on the toll bridge will be reduced to from two lanes in each direction to single lanes in each direction for 15 of the next 18 months. These single lanes will have 10-foot widths on the bridge. ...

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Maryland fuel taxes set to spike in July

July 1, Maryland's sales tax rate on fuel purchases will start a several year increase, starting with a 1 percent rate July 1 and eventually moving to 5 percent in 2016.

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