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"Nuclear" has become a familiar term in the transportation industry to explain rising insurance costs from runaway jury verdicts. Read More

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Western Service Center has extended the emergency declaration for wildfire relief haulers in California and Oregon, thus extending the hours of service waiver for qualifying truck drivers. Read More

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a waiver to the National Tank Truck Carriers to allow fleets to install a red or amber brake-activated pulsating lamp in the upper center position or in an upper dual outboard position on the back of tanker trailers, in addition to the steady-burning brake lamps required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Read More

Healthcare is typically the second or third largest budget item for most trucking companies, said Alex Dampf, president of Nashville-based health insurance brokerage Oakmont Benefits Group. And over the last 10-15 years, the cost of health insurance – including deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for employees – has steadily climbed, he said. Read More

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to-date has produced 26 tropical or subtropical cyclones, 25 named storms, nine hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. With 25 named storms makes 2020 the most active Atlantic hurricane season in 15 years, and the second most active on record. Read More

Transportation companies that have business in retail supply chains have seen freight volumes surge since June — largely credited to consumers changing their buying habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

For-hire trucking companies added 4,600 payroll jobs in September, according to the Department of Labor’s monthly employment report – the fifth consecutive month that trucking industry employment has grown. The recent shoots of growth follow huge dips in March and April, when fleets reported having to cut their workforces as the COVID-19 shutdown orders caused freight demand to flatline. Read More

A lot has happened in the trucking industry since a surge in freight volumes outpaced the supply of drivers in 2018. A different group of factors have now combined to create a repeat scenario. Read More

Plaintiff attorneys put a lot of effort into painting truckers in a negative – if not outright violent – light, but among the defense tools carriers have at their disposal is their own reputation and how their companies are perceived. Read More

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is proposing to better define independent contractor in the context of the Fair Labor Standards Act. That law has long governed employer wage and hour rules, such as minimum wage and overtime, and has defined employer/employee relationships for the purposes of applying those rules. Read More

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