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, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Mostly Supports EPA Emissions Plan, but Small Fleets Skeptical

EPA Emissions Plan Traffic on a Los Angeles highway. (Jamie Rector/Bloomberg News)

Stakeholder comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to aggressively reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions generally were positive, but with some caveats.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 27, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA to Study Prevalence of Harassment, Assaults Against Female, Minority Male Drivers

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has contracted with research firm Battelle to study and survey the prevalence, seriousness and nature of the problem of harassment and assaults against female and minority male truckers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 27, 2020
Government, Business

Walmart Denied Rehearing in $54 Million Back Pay Case

Walmart John Sommers II for Transport Topics

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Walmart Inc. a rehearing in a lawsuit that now leaves the carrier with a lower court judgment to pay a large certified class of its California truck drivers more than $54 million in back pay for mostly layovers and rest breaks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2020
Government, Business

Andrew Cuomo Willing to Provide Information — With Limits — to Feds for Trusted Traveler Programs

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo by Hans Pennink/Associated Press

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated a willingness to provide information to the federal government on individuals enrolling or renewing their applications for Trusted Traveler Programs, but remains adamant in his refusal to provide state Department of Motor Vehicles database information.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 25, 2020
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

UPS Requests Exemption for Driver-Trainees to Operate Doubles

UPS John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Feb. 24 that it is seeking comment on a 2019 request from United Parcel Service Inc. in which the carrier seeks a five-year renewable exemption from federal regulations in order to allow its driver-trainees with commercial learner permits to operate twin 28-foot trailers on public roads.

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

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Detects Nearly 8,000 Violations Since Jan. 6

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Nearly 8,000 substance abuse violations have been detected and identified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse since it went live Jan. 6, the agency announced Feb. 21.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 21, 2020
Government, Business

DOT Issues Compliance Notice Cautioning Truck Drivers About CBD Products

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The Department of Transportation has issued a compliance notice warning truck drivers and other safety-sensitive transportation workers about the potential mislabeling of hemp-derived products that could contain illegal levels of marijuana that might test positive in a DOT drug test.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 21, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Mulls Petition to Ease Requirements for Deaf Truck Drivers

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Federal trucking regulators are reviewing a petition filed by the National Association of the Deaf seeking to relax requirements for deaf truck and bus drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 20, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trucking Stakeholders Question CARB’s Zero-Emissions Plan

Traffic on Highway 101 in San Francisco Traffic on Highway 101 in San Francisco by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

A plan by California environmental regulators to get zero-emissions vehicles on the road as soon as possible is getting pushback from truckers and other concerned industry stakeholders.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 13, 2020
Government, Business

FMCSA Final Rule Calls for Reduced Commercial Vehicle Registration Fees

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule that continues to reduce commercial vehicle registration fees in 2020 and 2021, the agency announced Feb. 12.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 12, 2020

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