California

As more states move toward legalizing marijuana, it remains off limits for truckers

In one of the first laws of its kind, Maine has enacted rules that forbid the state’s employers from firing employees or refusing job applicants for testing positive for marijuana use. Do these laws and broader marijuana legalization efforts have any bearing on trucking's driver drug screening policies?

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Mudslides, flooding cause highway closures in SoCal

Portions of U.S. 101 and California Highways 33, 150, 27 and 2 are closed Wednesday morning as a result of flooding and mudslides.

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California wildfire prompts hours suspension, road closures

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire has burned at least 65,000 acres as of noon Pacific time Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the cities of Santa Paula and Ventura.

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Recalcitrant politicos in sights of anti-mandate rallies kicking off Monday nationwide

Organizers are hopeful that the Dec. 4 “ELD media blitz” in numerous locations nationwide will finally get the attention of lawmakers -- some drivers, too -- who have become recalcitrant in the face of a growing feeling of inevitability around the mandate.

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Reefer, van spot market demand remain high in the last week over much of the country

Last week, the national average reefer rate hit its highest mark in three years at $2.40 per mile, and the market has looked more like June than November.

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California’s 20-cent diesel tax hike goes into effect

The excise tax on diesel in the state jumped from 16 cents per gallon to 36 cents per gallon Wednesday. The state has also increased the sales tax rate on diesel from 9 percent to 13 percent. 

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Intrastate ELD mandates: California enforcement deadline likely to be late 2020, Oregon this year

California is planning to seek an intrastate adoption of the electronic logging device mandate that is likely to impose a deadline of December 31, 2020, for intrastate carriers. Oregon will enforce on the federal timeline Dec. 18 this year.

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Round-up: The parking issue’s grassroots problems; And the California convoy that capped the ELD protest week

Too often, the roots grow against new-parking development -- Love's Travel Stops pulls out of Otsego, Minn., truck stop plans after local opposition. And: Video and more from the sizable anti-ELD demonstrations two weeks back out west.

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California suspends hours regs for certain truckers over wildfires

Brown’s emergency declaration, which covers Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties, triggers hours-of-service waivers for truckers who provide aid in recovery efforts, including debris removal and bringing supplies to the area.

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Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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