Transportation Law News

December 26, 2010


Transportation Law News

October 17, 2010

Thsi October the American Transportation Research Instute released its “Top 10 Industries Report”. They include:
The Economy
Government Regulation
Driver Shortage
Fuel Issues
Transportation Funding / Infrastructure
Onboard Truck Technology
Environmental Issues
Truck Size and Weight

Clink HERE for the complete report.

Transportation Law News

August 31, 2010

Back- to-School Safety Reminder

Ensure children make it home safe every night with a few simple safety tips for riding the bus:

• Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.

• Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.

• When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.

• Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.

• Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it’s OK to approach.

• Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!

The US National Safety Council has additional helpful safety information available on the World Wide Web and the law enforcement officers in Oneida County urge people to explore the various safety areas of this web site at

Transportation Law News

August 9, 2010

Hazardous Materials Transportation: Revisions of Special Permits Procedures

Jul 27, 2010 (Transportation Department Documents and Publications/ContentWorks via COMTEX) — SUMMARY: PHMSA is proposing to revise its procedures for applying for a special permit to require an applicant to provide sufficient information about its operations to enable the agency to evaluate the applicant’s fitness and the safety impact of operations that would be authorized in the special permit. In addition, PHMSA is providing an on-line application option.


Transportation Law News

August 4, 2010

Alcohol ban for young drivers faces Charter challenge

A 20-year-old Conservative activist is challenging a controversial new provincial law that makes it illegal for young drivers to drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel.


Transportation Law News

October 27, 2009

As the ongoing debate over health care reform has proven time consuming, The US Congress will likely handle transport legislative initiatives in 2010. Expect consideration to be given to a broad variety of issues including contractor classification.

The classification of workers issue (either independent contractors or employees) is of particular interest to Transportation Law. Federal Express’s Ground Division (formerly RPS) has long been on in fight to keep its independent contractor model. Some courts have ruled those workers as employees. This has forced FedEx to change routing requirements in California and elsewhere.

Robert Digges, deputy general counsel for the American Trucking Association, said the the political atmosphere “is very treacherous” for truckers utilizing independent contractors. 23 states are currently concerned about misclassification of employees as independent contractors with implications to payroll taxes. The unions are also interested in the issue as independent contractors are potentially a rich area for union organizing. There is an upcoming bill, H.R. 3408, which would allow the Internal Revenue Service to rescind independent contractor provision and would allow for reclassification of workers going forward. These rules would be very disruptive to motor carriers, and would be very expensive for independent contractors.

Transportation Law News

September 10, 2009

Cars, energy and the environment will all be on the agenda in Montreal, September 28-30, as the city hosts PHEV’09, the conference and trade show devoted to the latest technological breakthroughs in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (conference) and Complexe Desjardins (trade show).

The diverse program includes a series of workshops and conferences dealing with many topical and thought-provoking subjects. These include: standards, regulations and safety in the electric vehicle market, now and in the foreseeable future; the various initiatives to promote and support electric vehicles; the performance of transportation alternatives in the context of climate change; the transitioning of the workers to an electric-vehicle society, along with an overview of current research and development activities across Canada.

Cick HERE for more information.