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HTMLThe Transportation Revolution: Will Smart Tech Fundamentally Change How We Travel?
Donald V. Orlandoni; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 30, 2016, previously published on March 31, 2016
For 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...

 

Adobe PDFGovernor Christie Shuts Down 1400 Transportation Projects Worth $3.5 Billion
Michael S. Zicherman; Peckar & Abramson A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
August 9, 2016, previously published on July 2016
New 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...

 

HTMLBeware of Coercion—New Anti-Coercion Rule Effective as of January 29, 2016
Charles Timmerwilke; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
In 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...

 

HTMLElectronic Log Devices
John Langfelder; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
As 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...

 

HTMLFMCSA Proposed Rulemaking: Changing Safety Measurement System to Safety Fitness Determination
Robert Bennett; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
The 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...

 

HTMLELDs and Their Impact on Punitive Damages Claims
Andrew Roth; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 27, 2016, previously published on Spring 2016
Punitive 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...

 

HTMLCalifornia: Regulators Seek Feedback for Possible Taxation Of Space Transportation Activities
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
April 26, 2016, previously published on March 31, 2016
Last March, the California Franchise Tax Board authorized its staff to hold interested party meetings to discuss the regulation of apportionment and allocation of income derived from space transportation activities. This includes the transportation of people or cargo into and from space.

 

HTMLAt Least Nine States to Debate Gas Tax Increases in 2016
David M. Kall; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
March 11, 2016, previously published on February 26, 2016
A 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...

 

HTMLDriver Privacy Act Now Protects Information Contained Within Your Vehicle
Spencer Guld; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 10, 2016, previously published on February 2016
On 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...

 

HTMLFederally-Funded Highway Projects Impacted by Federal Cargo Preference Act Changes Effective as of February 15, 2016
Blake R. Christopher; Vandeventer Black LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 4, 2016, previously published on February 2016
By Memorandum dated December 11, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) changed the FHWA’s legal position regarding applicability of the Cargo Preference Act (CPA) to federally-funded highway projects. That Memorandum reversed and superseded contrary position in place since 1988.

 


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