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

Four More Individuals Indicted in Staged Accidents Scam in La.

C.R. England truck The latest indictment in the staged accidents scam alleges that four defendants intentionally used a vehicle to stage an accident in October 2015 with a tractor-trailer owned by C.R. England. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Four others have been indicted in connection with a sweeping federal investigation into staged accidents with commercial vehicles in the New Orleans area.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Denies ELD Exemption for Drivers Traveling With Pets

Dog in truck window vitphot/Getty Images

Can truck drivers use paper logs if Fido rides shotgun? No way, federal trucking regulators say.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Appellate Court Overturns Convictions of Former Pilot President, Two Executives

Hazelwood Former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood (left) exited a federal courthouse with his wife after his trial. (Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel)

A federal appellate court has overturned the fraud convictions of former Pilot Flying J President Mark Hazelwood and two ex-Pilot sales executives on the grounds that a lower federal court permitted use of evidence that should not have been admitted.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 15, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

DOD Contractors Face Oct. 23 Deadline to Purge Chinese Tech

Huawei One of the Chinese companies in question is Huawei. (Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg News)

The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a reminder to defense contractors that they have until Oct. 23 to certify they are not using the technologies of five Chinese providers suspected of hacking into sensitive government files.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 14, 2020
Government, Business

Labor Department Seeks to Clarify Independent Contractor Status

Driver and tractor Mack Trucks

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a proposal to revise interpretation of independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act to “promote certainty for stakeholders, reduce litigation and encourage innovation in the economy.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 30, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Denies Pronto.ai’s HOS Exemption Request

Interior of Pronto autonomous car Pronto.ai's Copilot advanced driver assistance system undergoing a test in a car. (Pronto.ai via Vimeo)

FMCSA has denied an application from Pronto .ai requesting an exemption from the 11-hour driving limit and the 14-hour driving window in the hours-of-service requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Purge of Chinese Technologies Confusing, Rushed, Costly, Trucking Groups Say

Huawei store in China A woman walks outside a Huawei store in Beijing on Aug. 5, 2020. The rule targets five Chinese companies: Huawei, ZTE Corp., Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua Technology. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

Trucking industry groups said the rule requiring carriers to locate and purge technology made by five Chinese companies is confusing and doesn't give them time to complete their searches.

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

Nine More Individuals Indicted in Staged Accidents Scam in La.

Interstate 10 sign in Louisiana Most of the alleged staged accidents have taken place on Interstate 10 in the New Orleans area. (Joel Carillet/Getty Images)

Nine more people have been indicted in connection with a sweeping federal investigation into staged accidents with commercial vehicles in the New Orleans area.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

UPS Wants FMCSA to Reconsider Exemption Request

UPS driver in mask Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. has requested reconsideration of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s denial of its 2019 request for an exemption from a requirement that its driver training instructors have two years’ minimum experience as trainers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Federal Drug Official Defends Proposed Guidelines for Hair Testing

hair drug test Hair testing at a Psychemedics lab. (Psychemedics)

The chairman of a federal drug-testing advisory board that developed the controversial proposed mandatory guidelines for hair drug testing of truck drivers, other workers in safety-sensitive jobs and federal employees has responded to what he called “misconceptions” about the proposal by opponents.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 21, 2020

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