Transportation and Logistics



Meet the Co-chairs - TAGLAW


de Zwart, Stijn
Nysingh advocaten-notarissen N.V.
stijn.dezwart@nysingh.nl


Dwyer, Peter
Piper Alderman
pdwyer@piperalderman.com.au


Meet the Co-chairs - TAG-SP


Hove, John
Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C.
jhove@scopelitis.com


Transportation and Logistics


Author: Rishin Patel

THE 2018 ROAD TO ZERO STRATEGY CONFIRMED THAT ALL VEHICLES SOLD IN THE UK BY 2040 MUST PRODUCE ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS; A DECISION WHICH AIMS TO ENABLE THE UK TO MEET A BROADER COMMITMENT TO HAVE NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS BY 2050. THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE SMART CHARGING CONSULTATION RELEASED IN JULY 2019 AIMS TO INTRODUCE THE REGULATORY CHANGES NEEDED FOR AN ELECTRIC NETWORK THAT SERVICES THIS FUTURE DEMAND CREATED BY ELECTRIC VEHICLES.

Read more: Electric Vehicle Smart Charging


On June 25, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (Cannabis Act), effective January 1, 2020, making Illinois the 33rd state (including D.C.) to legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal use. Illinois’ action demonstrates a growing trend to legalize some form of marijuana use and certainly highlights the growing conflict between federal and state laws. The trend particularly impacts employers, who are left to determine the extent to which they can continue to test for marijuana use and discipline employees for a positive test.

Read more: The Growing Marijuana Trend Increases Employer Uncertainty in Drug Testing and Discipline


TAG-SP partner Firm Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary recently published an Expert Analysis piece on FMCSA’s recently published proposed rulemaking on hours of service, or HOS, for truck drivers. 

Read the entire article.


The Scopelitis International Transportation & Logistics Law team has created this monthly newsletter highlighting the latest developments in international transportation. This month's contents include:

  • OFAC Compliance Guidance
  • FCPA Case Highlights Foreign Official Gift Risk
  • European Legal Requirements Applicable to U.S. Operations

Read the newsletter here.


On Friday, May 3, 2019, the Central District of California entered an order dismissing the meal and rest break claims of the plaintiff and absent class based on the December 28, 2018 decision from the FMCSA preempting the California meal and rest break rules as they apply to interstate drivers. See Ayala v. U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. et al., Case No. EDCV 16-137-GW(KKx). Despite the plaintiff’s challenges to the FMCSA’s decision, the district court reasoned that it lacked authority to make any determination regarding the merits of the FMCSA’s decision. It could only enforce it.

Read more: District Court Dismisses Meal and Rest Break Claims Based on FMCSA Preemption Decision