California Adds Trucks to Its Electric-Vehicle Mandate, a US First

California air quality regulators approved the nation’s first electric truck standards Thursday, requiring over half the trucks sold by manufacturers in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035 — a rule that will impact air quality and greenhouse gas emissions beyond the Golden State’s borders.

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Planners Envision an Electric Highway Future

The U.S. interstate highway system covers 800,000 acres which are “doing nothing but holding up concrete,” an electric-vehicle advocate said at a “Transportation Revolution” symposium Tuesday, envisioning highways lined with solar panels delivering power directly to autonomous semitrucks.

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Labor Law

A group of California truck drivers may pursue their claims that federal rules on interstate commerce preempt a labor law that makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors, a federal court in the state ruled. However, the driver’s dormant Commerce Clause and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration preemption claims were dismissed.

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Social Security Mess

Wading into a tangled multinational social security dispute, a European Court of Justice magistrate said Tuesday that Dutch companies who recruited, employed and paid Dutch truck drivers made available by a Cyprus-based fleet manager are the employers of the drivers for the purposes of social security – not the Cypriot business.

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