3 Can’t-Miss News in Trucking

By: Classadrivers.com

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Crash Involving Self-Driving Vehicle Raises More Questions

Self-driving vehicles have been trending in the trucking industry causing some drivers to believe that their career may be in jeopardy.  Although a great amount of time has been spent covering the new technology it may still be too ambitious and quite a ways away from hitting the road.

In late March Uber temporarily suspended the testing of their self-driving cars for a few days after an accident took place in Tempe Arizona. The crash occurred at an intersection when a driver in a Honda vehicle made a left turn as the light turn yellow but the vehicle operated by Uber was unable to stop in time.

The latest controversy surrounding autonomous vehicles has brought up familiar issues that challenge the idea of placing lives in the hands of computer software… Read more

Supreme Court Upholds Carrier’s Sleep Apnea Program

In 2013 driver Robert Parker sued Crete Carrier Corp. for violating his rights by placing him in the carrier’s sleep apnea program but the Supreme Court recently issued a decision that supports the carrier’s program.

Parker was placed in the carrier’s screening program due to his body mass index being greater than 35 which was company policy. But when Parker refused to take part in the program and presented a note from his doctor the carrier suspended Parker and never reinstated him.

By upholding Crate’s policy the Supreme Court have placed an important standard that other courts and carriers will likely follow regarding the sleep apnea programs… Read more

California’s Clean Air Requirement May Loosen Up

A new transportation funding proposal has environmental groups wondering if the policy requiring cleaner trucks and engines will be weakened or nullified.

California’s Gov. Jerry Brown presented a new proposal that covers gas tax and vehicle fees but the bill also stated that owners cannot be required to “retire replace retrofit or repower their trucks within 13 years of the model year or when the vehicle hits 800000 miles”… Read more

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