Emergency Declaration Extended Through February 2021

This past December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued an extension to its emergency declaration initially made last spring in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The extension provides relief from hours-of-service regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers in the trucking industry. It is now expected to expire on February 28th, following month after month of extensions. … Continue reading “Emergency Declaration Extended Through February 2021”

Minimum Wage Increases on January 1st, 2021

A new year means new changes for minimum wage laws throughout the United States. From state to state, employers are facing updates to minimum wage increases that may affect their employee base. In California, where more than 137,000 trucking companies (most of them small) operate, trucking companies are following their own changes that took effect … Continue reading “Minimum Wage Increases on January 1st, 2021”

AB-5 Ruling Update in People vs. Superior Court of Los Angeles

One of the lawsuits challenging the contentious AB-5 bill in California, which includes an unpopular ABC test for drivers in the trucking industry, suffered a significant blowback in the California Court of Appeals. On November 19, the Court of Appeals reversed the earlier trial court decision in the People v. Cal Cartage Transportation Express, LLC, … Continue reading “AB-5 Ruling Update in People vs. Superior Court of Los Angeles”

How Will Biden’s Administration Affect Emissions Standards & Autonomous Vehicles?

  Under the current Trump administration, the federal auto emission standards set by the Obama White House were all but stripped away, calling for only a 1.5-percent increase in carbon emissions standards per year through 2026, a significant slowdown in regulation compared to the five-percent yearly increase that came before it. But with a Biden-Harris … Continue reading “How Will Biden’s Administration Affect Emissions Standards & Autonomous Vehicles?”

A Detailed Look at FMCSA Initiatives for the Remainder of 2020

This year, the trucking industry has gone through significant disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The industry has faced unprecedented issues from the ongoing driver shortage to driver health and higher demand for products in response to people staying indoors. In response to these novel times, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented several … Continue reading “A Detailed Look at FMCSA Initiatives for the Remainder of 2020”

New Hours of Service (HOS) Rule Begins 9/29

There have been a lot of changes this year in the trucking industry. From disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic to new regulations in place for truck drivers, the industry seems to be rapidly evolving. More specifically, carriers and drivers alike need to stay updated on the change in Hours of Service (HOS) rule … Continue reading “New Hours of Service (HOS) Rule Begins 9/29”

Emergency Declaration Extended Through 12/31/2020

Federal regulators have extended a national emergency declaration order exempting carriers and truck drivers from certain hours-of-service (HOS) regulations until the last day of the year, December 31st. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declaration, issued in September, is the first multi-month extension of the HOS exemption since the order came in March in … Continue reading “Emergency Declaration Extended Through 12/31/2020”

HOS Rules Slated to be Released 9/29 by FMCSA

In recent weeks, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration met for its annual Trucking Safety Summit, where it laid down plans for forthcoming HOS rules for the trucking industry. One of the summit’s major takeaways shines a light on new hours-of-service regulations set to go into effect on September 29. Among the new nationwide HOS … Continue reading “HOS Rules Slated to be Released 9/29 by FMCSA”

Updates to Trucker Drug Testing Slated for Change

While all mandatory drug testing for truck drivers is conducted through urinalysis, there may be a change coming in the form of oral fluids or hair clippings. According to a recent study from the University of Central Arkansas, if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandates hair follicle testing, nearly 300,000 truck drivers would … Continue reading “Updates to Trucker Drug Testing Slated for Change”

Caltrans Freight Mobility Plan Trucking Initiatives

Caltrans, California’s Department of Transportation, recently released its Freight Mobility Plan detailing it’s short- and long-term policies, strategies, and investments. The main focus of the Freight Mobility Plan points to the trucking industry, including parking, truck-only lanes, tolling, and the rise of autonomous trucking. The trucking industry fuels the state’s economy and is in the … Continue reading “Caltrans Freight Mobility Plan Trucking Initiatives”