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The House of Representatives passed sweeping union-backed legislation that is being criticized...

Sweeping Labor Bill Would Limit Independent Contractor Use Nationwide

Business and trucking interests are criticizing a union-backed labor bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Among other things, the bill would rewrite how independent contractors are defined along the same lines as the controversial new AB5 law in California, which would upend trucking’s longstanding use of owner-operators.

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FMCSA said a big reason for delaying the entry-level driver training rule is to give the agency...

FMCSA Extends Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Compliance Date

The new entry-level driver training rule, originally scheduled to go into effect Feb. 7, now will have to wait another two years because the government needs more time to finish the registry of approved training providers.

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Owner-operators protesting AB5

Judge: California Can't Enforce AB5 Against Trucking

A U.S. Southern District Court on Jan. 16 granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting California state officials from enforcing a controversial new law against motor carriers that makes it virtually impossible to contract with owner-operators in the state.

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ATA and OOIDA separately testified about what their respective memberships expect Congress to...

ATA, OOIDA Make Their Cases for Trucking in Senate Hearing

The American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association presented their own takes on what trucking needs from Congress during a Senate subcommittee hearing.

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A House Democratic infrastructure plan released on Jan. 29, 2020, calls for a total of $489 bill...

House Dems Unveil Green New Infrastructure Plan

House Democratic leaders unveiled the outlines of a $760 billion, five-year infrastructure package that includes an ambitious climate agenda.

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New laws in New Jersey will make it harder for trucking companies to use owner-operators.

New Jersey Cracks Down on Independent Contractor Misclassification

While one New Jersey bill that attempted to change the way the state determines who's an independent contractor did not make it through the recently ended special legislative session, the state’s governor has signed several other new laws that “create extreme risk for anyone utilizing independent contractors,” according to one labor attorney.

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ATRI Research Redefines Role of Government in Autonomous Truck Testing

ATRI Research Redefines Role of Government in Autonomous Truck Testing

The American Transportation Research Institute has published a new report that looks at how government regulations are affecting the evolution of autonomous vehicle technology, as well as the role government plays in the testing and overseeing of these technologies in the real world.

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6 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

6 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is finally rolling out this month. This electronic database will track commercial driver’s license holders who have tested positive for prohibited drug or alcohol use, as well as refusals to take required drug tests, and other drug and alcohol violations.

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Don’t expect any radical new regulatory developments to come out of nowhere in the coming months...

Regulatory Outlook 2020: Keep an Eye on Hours of Service

What's in store for trucking from the regulators in Washington, D.C., this year? Executive Editor David Cullen says the government wheels move slowly, but hours-of-service is among those to watch in 2020.

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