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Proposed truck parking ban makes drivers ask: Where can I park?

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. Recently, the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota has been in the national spotlight for a proposed trucking-related regulation. The city, for multiple years, has been considering a truck parking ban on its streets. This restriction would have major consequences for trucking companies and their drivers. For background, the proposed […]

VW settlement webinar Sept. 2

From CT DEEP Connecticut DEEP will be hosting an informational webinar on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at 2 p.m. for the launch of a third round of funding under its Volkswagen NOx Mitigation Program. The program will have over $10 million set aside for grants. Highlights from the program include: 75% of the funding will […]

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FMCSA medical board wants tighter standards for drivers with vision loss

From Freight Waves. A review board that advises federal regulators on medical standards for truck drivers recommends stricter standards for drivers with vision loss than originally proposed. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board (MRB), a five-member panel of physicians that provides expert advice to the agency, recommends that the current field-of-vision requirement […]

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The exception to the exemption

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. In most circumstances the Motor Carrier Act (MCA) exempts drivers from overtime wages as mandated by the Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA).  The MCA provides that employees whose qualifications and hours of service are dictated by the Secretary of Transportation are exempt from the overtime rates set […]

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$3.5 Trillion budget blueprint passes first step in House

From Transport Topics. Striking a deal with moderates, House Democratic leaders muscled President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle Aug. 24, ending a risky standoff and putting the party’s domestic infrastructure agenda back on track. The 220-212 vote was a first step toward drafting Biden’s $3.5 billion rebuilding plan this fall, and […]

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[Now Lifted]Lamont issues Connecticut truck travel restrictions

Update: The restrictions have been lifted as of 5 p.m. on August 22. Original release… Governor Ned Lamont has issued a ban on some truck travel as Tropical Storm Henri approaches. Per Lamont, “An emergency situation exists because of the hurricane approaching the State of Connecticut, and therefore, pursuant to Sections 3-1, 3-6a, and 28-9 […]

Advisory panel urges federal action on driver shortage

From Transport Topics. A Department of Commerce advisory group is urging federal officials to lead a widespread effort to address the nationwide shortage of truck drivers, which the panel said has “likely reached an all-time high.” “The vital common link for domestic operations and distribution among our air, sea, and land ports is effective truck […]

Freight volume to stay high as fleets face unprecedented supply chain, labor challenges

From Commercial Carrier Journal. The trucking industry in mid-2021 faces unprecedented demand from consumers and shippers, a driver shortage that looks like it could get worse, and the persistent challenges of a mutating COVID pandemic that continues to create problems across the supply chain. But, despite the tremendous headwinds and unpredictable challenges, the trucking sector […]

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Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act: Promoting safety on our roads

Legal Alert from MG+M The Law Firm. In May, Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced the Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard Act. The proposed bipartisan legislation would require the Department of Transportation to create a Safety Fitness Determination Test that can be applied to motor carriers. Additionally, the bill would mandate that […]

Global chip shortage may last until 2023

From Transport Topics. The global chip shortage that’s hampering companies from carmakers to computer manufacturers may linger for years, according to Germany’s biggest semiconductor company, Infineon Technologies AG. The scarcity “may stretch into 2023” in areas where capacity expansion is slow to catch up with consumer demand, Reinhard Ploss, chief executive officer of Infineon, said […]