FMCSA to Host Listening Session on Broker Transparency Regulation

From 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT on Wednesday, October 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a public listening session concerning the pending broker transparency rulemaking petitions. These petitions propose to modify the federal regulations requiring brokers to disclose certain information to carriers, including the amount the shippers paid a broker to […]

Fourteen States Join California in a Commitment to Phasing Out Diesel Trucks

  The California Air Resource Board (“CARB”) recently adopted a new rule requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel to electric zero-emission trucks starting in 2024. The ultimate objective of CARB’s Advanced Clear Trucks (“ACT”) regulation is to eliminate all diesel trucks by 2045 (this blog’s more detailed discussion of the ACT regulation can be […]

Congress Considering Raising Minimum Motor Carrier Public Liability Insurance to $2 Million

  An already challenging economic environment for truckers may worsen with a proposal in Congress to increase minimum public liability insurance limits to $2 million. In mid-June, Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL-04) introduced a proposal in Congress that require commercial motor vehicles to be insured against liability at a level of $2 million—266% higher than […]

Judge Gives the Green Light to Constitutional Challenge to Rhode Island’s Truck-Tolling Scheme

Earlier this month, a federal judge allowed a legal challenge to Rhode Island’s exorbitant truck-only tolls to proceed.  The court rejected Rhode Island officials’ latest arguments that their discriminatory toll scheme is immune from a constitutional challenge—the same defense that Pennsylvania officials relied upon in defending its excessive Turnpike tolls last year.  This decision and […]

Will California’s New Zero-Emission Truck Rule Zero-Out Owner-Operator Opportunities?

  Last week the California Air Resource Board (“CARB”) adopted what it has heralded as a “first-in-the-world” rule requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel to electric zero-emission trucks starting in 2024. CARB anticipates that by 2030, nearly one in three new tractor-trailers in California will have zero emissions. This is likely the first of […]

Big Brother and the License Plate Data Holding Company: Your Constitutional Right to Privacy on the Open Road

  Since the beginning of this year, the Tennessee legislature has been considering a bill that would bring law enforcement surveillance cameras, automated license plate readers (ALPRs), to the state’s interstate highways.[1] They would not, however, be used for traffic enforcement.[2] Instead, these cameras would be used to further big data policing strategies, which have […]

OOIDA Files Amicus Brief in Support of Current Injunction of AB 5 Enforcement

  The Cullen Law Firm, PLLC filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (“OOIDA”) in support of the preliminary injunction currently preventing California from enforcing the state’s new worker classification law AB 5. The United States District Court for the Southern District of California imposed the injunction earlier this year […]