Eric Miller

Eric Miller

Staff Reporter

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Eric Miller has been a reporter and writer at publications nationwide for 40 years. He’s been at Transport Topics the past 11 years, currently on the paper’s government team; worked as a reporter at the Dallas Morning News; reporter, editor and member of the investigative team at The Arizona Republic; reporter at the Tampa Tribune; city editor at the Santa Fe New Mexican; and senior writer for D Magazine in Dallas.


Government, Business, Safety

Federal Appeals Court Sends Idaho Hemp Suit Back to State Court

The Idaho hemp lawsuit will go back to the state court. A hemp plant is pollinated in Oregon. (Don Ryan/Associated Press)

A federal appeals court has sent an appeal in an Idaho hemp civil lawsuit back to a state court, deciding to abstain from a ruling on whether to return to the owners a 6,700-pound load of hemp seized en route from Oregon to Colorado by Idaho State Police earlier this year.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2019
Government, Business

California Passes Bill That May Affect Independent Contractor Status for Truckers

California has passed a bill to reclassify independent contractors, owner-operators working for motor carriers. Trucks in traffic on a Los Angeles-area road. (Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News)

California lawmakers have passed a bill that codifies into law a 2018 state Supreme Court decision that makes it easier for independent contractors to become reclassified as employees of motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Proposes 2020, 2021 Reductions to Commercial Vehicle Registration Fees

FMCSA proposes reductions to commercial vehicle registration fees. Trucks on the road. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule that would continue to reduce commercial vehicle registration fees in 2020 and 2021, the agency said in a Federal Register announcement on Aug. 27.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 3, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA to Hold Second Listening Session Sept. 17 on HOS Proposal

Woman reading with dog in sleeper berth A truck driver relaxes in her sleeper berth. (TruckPR-Flickr)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that on Sept. 17, it will conduct a second listening session on potential changes to the agency’s hours-of-service rule.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

2019 Roadcheck Nabs 17.9% of Vehicles and 4.2% of Drivers

Officers perform a roadside inspection Officers perform a roadside inspection. (FMCSA)

Commercial vehicle inspectors conducted more than 67,000 inspections during a stepped-up three-day enforcement effort in June, putting 12,019 commercial vehicles and 2,784 drivers out of service.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2019
Government, Business

Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments in Idaho Hemp Case

Hemp plant in Kentucky Hemp plants hang to dry in a barn at Ananda Hemp in Cynthiana, Ky., on Jan 24, 2019. (Associated Press/Bryan Woolston)

A three-judge appeals court panel heard arguments Aug. 28 in a lawsuit challenging the confiscation of a 6,700-pound load of hemp being transported from Oregon to Colorado.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 29, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

DOT Seeks Comment on Environmental Impact Document Length Limitations

The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking comment on its recent interim policy memos that require environmental impact statements for infrastructure projects to generally be limited to a maximum of 150 pages.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2019
Government, Business

FMCSA Exempts Grocery Giant Transco Drivers From 30-Minute Rest Break

grocery aisle Getty Images

Federal trucking regulators have approved grocery giant Transco Inc.’s request for a five-year exemption from the 30-minute hours-of-service rest break provision for the company’s more than 3,500 commercial motor vehicle drivers.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment

Navistar Gets Win Over Milan in Engine Suit, but Appeal Ahead

Navistar ProStar A more recent ProStar model by International Truck

The Tennessee Court of Appeals has ruled that Navistar Inc. does not have to pay Tennessee trucking company Milan Supply Chain Solutions an estimated $31 million, reversing a 2017 jury decision.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 22, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

New Jersey Steps Up Efforts to Identify Misclassified Workers

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (Associated Press/Seth Wenig)

The New Jersey Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor signed a joint agreement to step up efforts to protect employees, including truck drivers, from illegal misclassification as independent contractors.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 20, 2019

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