The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Jan. 15 that it is formally initiating a Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking that will “enhance the agency’s ability to identify non-compliant motor carriers.”
Assembly Bill 258, effective January 1, 2016, revises the Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) program implemented and enforced by the CHP.
The November 30, 2015 edition of the Federal Register contains FMCSA’s final rule on driver coercion. The final rule has an effective date of January 29, 2016. The rule was published in response to MAP-21 and prohibits motor carriers, shippers, receivers and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to violate various regulations of the FMCSA.
The US Department of Labor (“DOL”) has just released its anticipated guidance on independent contractor misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
A California federal district judge approves an $11 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by Los Angeles port truckers against Shippers Transport Express, Inc. and SSA Marine, Inc. alleging that they were misclassified as independent contractors. The settlement included $4.9 million in attorneys’ fees, which the court found to be reasonable. On average, each of the 540 drivers in the class will receive about $13,000. Taylor v. Shippers Transport Express., Inc., No. 2:13-cv-02092 (C.D. Cal. May 11, 2015).
To further the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)'s ongoing commitment to safety, the Agency updated the Safety Measurement System (SMS) and our Serious Violations spreadsheet to better align with all of the Serious Violations in our regulations and IT systems, including five Serious Violations that are currently used in investigations. These violations took effect in the SMS as of February 1, 2015.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a California Supreme Court’s holding that a federal transportation law,...