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Trains, Trucks & The Law

The MCS-90 Endorsement

The MCS-90 endorsement is one means by which an interstate motor carrier can demonstrate compliance with minimum financial requirements established by federal statute and regulations. The application of this endorsement by the courts, however, has caused […]

A Review of a Motor Carrier’s Basic Duties after an Accident

In 2016, 4,213 large commercial vehicles were involved in fatal crashes; 55,633 were involved in injury crashes; and 99,911 were involved in tow-away crashes.[1] For those most serious accidents that result in death, known serious injury, or significant […]

U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Whether Federal Arbitration Act Covers

This term, the United States Supreme Court will address whether an exemption to the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) for certain transportation workers applies to claims by independent contractors. The issue before the Supreme Court is on appeal from the […]

An Overview of Personal Conveyance Time – Part I

Strict compliance with the hours of service requirements set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) is a goal shared by responsible motor carriers and drivers alike. One aspect of the hours of service requirements […]

Department of Transportation Repeals Rule on Electronic Tanker Brakes

This month, the United States Department of Transportation voted to repeal a May 2015 proposed rule that would have required the installation of electronically controlled pneumatic (“ECP”) brakes on certain rail tank cars. The ECP rule rose […]

Automated Driving Systems in Tractor-Trailers? – They May Be Right Around the Corner.

According to the American Trucking Association, over 70% of all freight moved in the United States is moved on trucks. The ATA further estimates that 3.5 million truck drivers are needed to move such a volume of freight. As a whole, the ATA Truck Tonnage […]

Trump Administration Seeks Looser Truck Safety Regulations

During the Obama administration, the trucking industry experienced a significant increase in safety regulations. The Trump administration is actively seeking to roll back many of these regulations in an industry that has complained of over-regulation […]

Newly Nominated FMCSA Chief to Face Changing Regulatory Environment

This month, President Trump nominated Raymond Martinez to lead the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”). Martinez currently serves as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission chief and has previously led the New York Commission […]