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On October 27, 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board (the Board) and the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) approved a recommendation that would amount to a significant change in the medical regulations if the recommendation were to become part of the official safety scheme of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The doctors who advise the FMCSA on medical matters opined that truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics (Schedule…
Proposed House bill 4727 would create a so-called “national hiring standard” for motor carriers which would preclude states from imposing liability on anyone arranging for transportation of goods, i.e. transportation intermediaries such as shippers, brokers and freight forwarders. The bill requires that no more than 35 days prior to pickup of an arranged shipment, such entities verify that a selected carrier: (1) is registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to operate as…
The Surface Transportation Assistance Act (“STAA”) is a federal law that prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against truck drivers for reporting safety violations. 29 U.S.C. § 31105. The STAA also protects an employee from termination for refusing to operate a motor vehicle that violates a safety regulation or because the employee has a reasonable apprehension of serious injury to him or herself or the public due to an unsafe condition with the vehicle. To obtain…