Eric Miller

Eric Miller

Senior Reporter

@ericdmiller46

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

Driver’s Untreated Sleep Apnea Contributed to 2018 Fatal Crash, NTSB Says

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A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that lack of a “robust medical certification evaluation process” on the federal level to identify and treat commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea was one of three safety issues that contributed to a fatal, multivehicle heavy truck-involved crash in 2018.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 9, 2020
Government, Business

Utah Trucker Already Under Indictment Faces New Fraud Charges

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A Utah trucking company owner already under federal indictment for his participation in a “pay-to-play” scheme has been charged with lying on a federal loan application to secure a $210,000 COVID-19 small business loan under the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Louisiana Passes Legislation Aimed at Significant Tort Reform

Randy Guillot, John Bel Edwards, Chris Spear, Greg Morrison ATA Chairman Randy Guillot (from left), Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, ATA President Chris Spear, and Quality Transport Inc. VP Greg Morrison met in February to discuss trucking industry issues. (TT File Photo)

Louisiana lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at helping the state’s truckers fight off excessive jury verdicts in court.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Will CARB, EPA ‘Harmonize’ Their NOx Standards?

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California regulators already have issued a proposal aimed at lowering oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter emissions for new trucks built beginning in 2024, but federal regulators are still working to craft a separate nationwide low-NOx and PM proposal scheduled to take effect in 2027.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 1, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

CARB Approves Its Electric Truck Regulation

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California environmental regulators approved a measure that within a few years will require truck manufacturers to transition a percentage of their sales in the state from diesel trucks to electric zero-emission vehicles.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 26, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

House Panel Approves Amendment to Raise Minimum Liability Insurance for Carriers to $2 Million

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A measure that would increase from $750,000 to $2 million the minimum liability insurance requirement for commercial motor vehicles was approved by a House panel and included in a recent highway funding bill.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nuclear Jury Awards Against Truckers on the Rise, ATRI Study Shows

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In the past five years there were nearly 300 court cases resulting in jury verdicts over $1 million against trucking fleets, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute analysis made public on June 23.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 24, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

NHTSA Projects Fewer Q1 Year-Over-Year Traffic Fatalities

Light traffic in California Light traffic moves along California 110 toward downtown Los Angeles on March 31. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

A statistical projection of overall traffic fatalities for the first quarter of 2020 shows that an estimated 7,780 people died in crashes, a decrease of nearly 1%, or 70 fewer fatalities compared with the first quarter of 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Carriers Face August Deadline to Identify Specific Chinese Tech

Huawei The Huawei logo on the back of one of the company's phones. Huawei is one of a few Chinese companies that the provision points to. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

American Trucking Associations and a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led coalition are sounding the alarm over a provision tucked into the more than 700-page 2019 Defense Authorization Act that requires federal government contractors to by mid-August rid their companies of prohibited components manufactured by five Chinese companies.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 18, 2020
Government, Business

California AG Xavier Becerra, Trucking Group Spar Over AB 5

Traffic in Los Angeles Traffic on I-10 in Los Angeles by Mark J. Terrill/AP

Arguments by the California Trucking Association aimed at blocking enforcement of a new independent contractor law using the federal pre-emption clause are being challenged in a new court brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 17, 2020

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