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|Cuba’s Port of Mariel and Free Trade Zone Preparing for Exponential Economic Growth|
Ira Gonzalez, Andrew A. Pidgirsky; Adams and Reese LLP;
October 13, 2016, previously published on October 4, 2016Reforms on the island nation of Cuba have attempted to loosen burdensome governmental control and establish private sector economic expansion to limit dependency on the state. One of those initiatives is the Port of Mariel, a Brazilian financed deep-water port seeking to accommodate the...
|8 States Receive Federal Grants to Test New Ways of Funding Transportation Infrastructure|
David D. Ebersole, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 27, 2016, previously published on September 14, 2016In a late August press release, the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA) announced that it had awarded eight states with a total of $14.2 million in grants to explore alternative revenue mechanisms to help sustain the long-term solvency of the...
|The Transportation Revolution: Will Smart Tech Fundamentally Change How We Travel?|
Donald V. Orlandoni; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 30, 2016, previously published on March 31, 2016For nearly a century the automobile has been our foremost means of transportation. Look within our cities, or to their surrounding metropolitan areas, and you find urban environments poised to accommodate, if not promote, the automobile. As a current and nearly life-long metro-Detroiter whose...
|Governor Christie Shuts Down 1400 Transportation Projects Worth $3.5 Billion|
Michael S. Zicherman; Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation;
August 9, 2016, previously published on July 2016New Jersey’s massive statewide transportation project shutdown comes about as the result of Gov. Christie’s June 30, 2016 Executive Order 210, which declared a State of Emergency due to the New Jersey State Senate’s failure to act on reauthorizing the New Jersey Transportation...
|Electronic Log Devices|
John Langfelder; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016As of December 16, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced and published the final rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) by all drivers required to complete paper records or logs of duty status. Drivers falling into this category are required to...
|ELDs and Their Impact on Punitive Damages Claims|
Andrew Roth; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016Punitive damages are a source of anxiety for trucking companies and defense firms alike. Since potentially severe injuries are already inherent in trucking litigation, the addition of a punitive damages instruction can allow a plaintiff's attorney to credibly inflate already high verdict values and...
|Beware of Coercion—New Anti-Coercion Rule Effective as of January 29, 2016|
Charles Timmerwilke; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016In the past, a trucking company pressuring a driver to operate in violation of federal safety regulations could create problems for the company in a personal injury lawsuit. As of January 29, 2016, a new federal rule implements potential large fines for carriers, shippers, receivers and brokers...
|FMCSA Proposed Rulemaking: Changing Safety Measurement System to Safety Fitness Determination|
Robert Bennett; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed new rules for assessing carrier on-road safety and to enhance FMCSA's ability to identify noncompliant carriers. If adopted, the new rule would replace the SMS with "safety fitness determination," or SFD. The objectives behind...
|At Least Nine States to Debate Gas Tax Increases in 2016|
David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
March 11, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016A new study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) reveals that vehicle repair bills related to pothole damage have costs U.S. drivers approximately $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years, or an average of $3 billion annually. In addition, at least once in the last five...
|Driver Privacy Act Now Protects Information Contained Within Your Vehicle|
Spencer Guld; Vandeventer Black LLP;
March 10, 2016, previously published on February 2016On December 4th, 2015, President Obama signed the Driver Privacy Act of 2015, which was enacted to address privacy concerns for data collected in a car’s event data recorder (EDR). The purpose of the Act was to ensure that contained in an EDR information could not be freely accessed by anyone...