New California laws require smog check for trucks, accelerate move away from diesel trucks
Two bills signed into law last week by California Gov. Gavin Newsom will further crack down on heavy-duty diesel trucks in the state. One law establishes “smog checks” for trucks to register and/or operate in the state, while the other is designed to accelerate the move away from diesel-powered trucks to zero emissions vehicles.
September 23, 2019
California court battles over independent contractor ‘ABC test’: One case stayed while another proceeds
The California Trucking Association’s case against use of the problematic “ABC test” in determining appropriate independent contractor classification, has been stayed as of last week, pending the outcome of a similar case already at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
August 12, 2019
Legal fights over California owner-operators, break laws could swirl into Supreme Court case
After a recent setback, the Western States Trucking Association intends to continue fighting a court precedent in California that the group argues has created a cooling effect on the use of owner-operators and independent contractors in the state.
April 8, 2019
A small fleet v. the Teamsters
AB Trucking owner Bill Aboudi’s more than decade-long battle with union-inspired litigation and other efforts targeting his small fleet at the Port of Oakland: “I told the union, ‘I disagree with your assessment that all these guys actually want to be employees.'”
February 8, 2019
The California independent contractor crisis: Undermining the owner-operator
The next battle in what some view as a West Coast war on owner-operators has nothing to do with truck emissions. Instead, California’s labor law developments, predatory lease-purchase practices and aggressive union organizing are stirring a legal stew for the independent contractor model in trucking.
February 4, 2019
FMCSA’s decision to exempt carriers from Calif. break laws challenged by the Teamsters
FMCSA asserted on Dec. 21 that carriers do not have to provide drivers with the meal and rest breaks dictated by California’s labor code. The Teamsters Union filed a petition days later asking a federal appellate court to reverse FMCSA’s decision.
January 3, 2019
California city council votes to OK planning board’s approval for new truck stop
Both interests in support of the stop and those against showed up at Jurupa Valley, Calif., city hall Thursday evening for a council meeting that extended into the wee hours Friday. The result, if all goes according to plan, will be near 200 parking spaces, among other amenities, at State Route 60 and Riverside Drive there.
December 21, 2018
Federal judge’s opinion presents a twist in California’s independent-contractor status conflict
A new judgement in a federal district court interprets the strict ABC employee/contractor test as pre-empted by federal law when it comes to truck transportation, bucking an April ruling by the California Supreme Court.
December 18, 2018
Owner-operator status in question in California, carriers try to find work-arounds
The fix? Have previously single-truck operators leased to carriers obtain their own authority and become independent owner-operators and have carriers separate their trucking arms and brokerage arms.
November 29, 2018
Dem lawmakers ask DOT to reject ATA’s petition for reprieve from Calif. break laws
ATA in early October petitioned the DOT to intervene into the ongoing conflict over the state’s stringent laws, which a federal court in 2014 ruled apply to trucking companies and their drivers. A group of 19 Democrats in the House and Senate, however, asked the DOT to reject the petition, saying it requires a Congressional statute.
November 8, 2018
ATA takes fight over California break laws to U.S. DOT
The American Trucking Assocations has turned its attention to the Dept. of Transportation in its quest to relieve carriers operating in Calif. from break laws.
October 2, 2018
Congress’ FAA deal skips measure addressing Calif. driver break laws
The meal and rest breaks provision has been sought by the ATA and the Western States Trucking Association for years. Details on reauthorization and more here.
September 25, 2018
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