Commercial transportation involves all of the significant forms of passenger and freight transportation across the United States. This Article surveys significant judicial, regulatory, and legislative developments in commercial-transportation law in the Eleventh Circuit during the period from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. The first three areas discussed here are subject to heavy federal regulation due to their far-reaching effects on interstate commerce: trucking and other commercial motor vehicles, aviation, and railroads. This Article also touches on two additional issues: passenger transportation for hire (i.e., livery and rideshare services) and the development of autonomous-vehicle technology. While these issues are regulated primarily at the state and local levels, they interact with federal law in important ways, and autonomous-vehicle technology is poised to face ever more extensive federal regulation as it permeates throughout ground-based commercial transportation.
Madeline E. McNeeley, et al., Commercial Transportation, 2019 Eleventh Circuit Survey, 71 Mercer L. Rev. 951 (2020).