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Governor Northam Announces Support for Tolling I-81

Governor Northam announced at a press conference yesterday that he supports the plan to impose tolls on I-81 to fund $2.2 billion in improvements along the corridor. The legislation will be patroned by Senators Mark Obenshain (R-Rockingham County) and Bill Carrico (R-Grayson County) and Delegates Steve Landes (R-Augusta County) and Terry Austin (R-Botetourt County). Click here to […]

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Another State Eyeing Truck-Only Tolling

In the last election, Connecticut voters selected Democrat Ned Lamont to be their next governor. During the campaign, Lamont highlighted truck-only tolling as a way to raise needed revenue for the state. Recently, Lamont has reaffirmed his commitment to explore truck-only tolling in Connecticut. Lamont appears to be inspired by the neighboring state of Rhode […]

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Planning Ahead: AOBRD Phaseout Under Electronic Log Mandate Likely to Pose Challenges

While nearly all motor carriers subject to the federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate have complied with the industry-shaking regulation, a large portion of these carriers have complied using automated onboard recording devices (AOBRDs). Specifically, the final rule mandating ELDs allowed for AORBDs to be grandfathered in and used for an additional two years after […]

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The VTA Safety & Human Resources Council presents “The Employee Handbook:  Why you need one and how it can protect you”

The Virginia Trucking Association and the Safety & Human Resources Council will be hosting educational meetings in east and west locations. The topic for January is: ”The Employee Handbook: Why you need one and how it can protect you.” Steve Setliff, partner and owner of Setliff Law, will discuss what should be included in an […]

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Still More Turkey: Two Recent “Oooops” Cases Decided by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Assuming everyone is recovered from Thanksgiving, but now headed into the holidays, it seemed appropriate to provide a little light fare in this space.  For your consideration, two freshly baked Virginia Comp. opinions: Whenever I am even CLOSE to a deadline, I put a backside in a car if I have to, in order to […]

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NOx-ious Regulation of the Trucking Industry

A few months back, in an article titled, Americans Like Big Trucks and We Cannot Lie, we discussed the dichotomy between the American tendency to buy large passenger vehicles and the pressure on the auto industry to meet ever more stringent fuel economy standards.  While passenger vehicle fuel economy ratings may get plenty of press […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Holds: Employer Owes Duty to Employee’s Family Members

On Oct. 11, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court extended the duty of care owed by an employer beyond just employees to any family members or third parties who may be affected by the employer’s action.  In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled in Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, Inc. that if an employer knew or should have known that […]

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Trump Signs Bill Paving Way for Hair Follicle Drug Testing

On Wednesday, October 28, 2018, President Trump signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (“the Act”). The Act, which passed both Houses of Congress with near-unanimous bipartisan votes (99 to 1 in the Senate, 396-14 in the House), directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to submit an estimated date for […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Arbitration Agreements for Transportation Workers

The U.S. Supreme Court has been in the news a lot lately, but, now that the calendar has turned to the fall, the Justices are back to work. In fact, one of the first cases to be heard at oral argument in this new term could have significant effects on the transportation industry. On October […]

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The Case Against the Autonomous Car

“Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go,” “Super Cruise,” “Lane-Centering Steering,” “Eyesight,” “Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.”   Ready or not, autonomous vehicle technology has arrived.  Just in time too, because as it turns out, statistics demonstrate that humans are fallible creatures.  According to the US Department of Transportation, 94% of automobile crashes can be traced back to […]

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