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”

DOT-FMCSA Updates to Drug Screening

On June 5, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a Grant of Waiver regarding drug screening for truckers. This was done in response to furloughed truck drivers who found themselves out of work due to the coronavirus’s spread, which caused significant disruption to the industry and the employees it served. As trucking employers … Continue reading “DOT-FMCSA Updates to Drug Screening”

What the Trucking Industry Should Know About OSHA Inspections

The trucking industry has seen major changes in a number of ways recently. Whether it’s systematic changes to legislation, like with California’s AB-5 legislation, or through unprecedented disruptions to supply chains, like with COVID-19, truck drivers and trucking companies have needed to adapt to the evolving industry. But while these changes have seemed abrupt, causing trucking … Continue reading “What the Trucking Industry Should Know About OSHA Inspections”

CA in Second Phase of Reopening After COVID-19

As the spread of COVID-19 looks to be on a downward slope, states across the U.S. have begun to ease their social distancing restrictions, allowing people to head back outside, back to work, and back to doing some of their normal things, like eating at restaurants and retail shopping. California’s Second Phase But one of … Continue reading “CA in Second Phase of Reopening After COVID-19”

AB-5 Legislation Update

The state of California has asked a federal court to begin lifting the preliminary junction against imposing AB-5 on the state’s trucking industry. The requests to the Court of Appeals for the state’s 9th Circuit is part of the appeal of the attempt by the California Trucking Association (CTA) to be granted an injunction against … Continue reading “AB-5 Legislation Update”

COVID-19: Temporary Suspension of Motor Carrier IRP Requirements

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to create stress and disrupt our daily lives when it comes to fearing for our health and safety, lawmakers and industry leaders are also having to deal with the logistical and economic fallout that could happen as a result. From businesses closing down for two weeks to people staying indoors … Continue reading “COVID-19: Temporary Suspension of Motor Carrier IRP Requirements”

FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training Rule’s Compliance Date has Been Pushed Back to 2022

Last year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made plans to schedule new entry-level driver training rules to be set for February 7th of this year. Now, that date has passed, the FMCSA is pushing the new rule until February 7, 2022, a whole two years after the original date. Behind the FMCSA Change … Continue reading “FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training Rule’s Compliance Date has Been Pushed Back to 2022”

Judge Blocks AB5 from California Trucking

For those working as independent contractors in California, a lot of news has been swirling around in regards to their worker classification with their clients. From graphic designers to business consultants, a lot of professionals have had to rethink the way they operate under the new AB5 regulation passed at the end of 2019. But … Continue reading “Judge Blocks AB5 from California Trucking”

The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is Now in Play: What to Know

Beginning Monday, January 6, the federal government has begun overseeing how fleets perform background checks on prospective employees and owner-operators within the trucking industry. Under the banner of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a database of drivers who have failed or refused a drug test at some point in their job search in the industry … Continue reading “The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is Now in Play: What to Know”

New Jersey Joins California in Targeting Owner-Operators

In recent months, news out of California has focused on new legislation around worker classification and how it’s poised to affect independent contractors, including owner-operators in the trucking industry — an industry that fuels the state’s economy. Truck drivers and trucking companies are scrambling to propose an alternative solution to the new AB 5 bill, … Continue reading “New Jersey Joins California in Targeting Owner-Operators”