(April 18, 2012) — Minnesota has become the second state this year to pass a law that says shippers cannot include provisions in their contracts that make truckers liable for any accident, regardless of who is at fault.
Gov. Mark Dayton signed the new law after unanimous votes in both the State Senate and House.
South Dakota enacted a similar law in February, joining 32 other states that have passed some sort of anti-indemnification law.
Several jurisdictions began implementing anti-indemnification after industry efforts to expose the problem and protect carriers from being forced to choose between a contract and the liability for incidents that may not be their fault.
In Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance, along with the provincial trucking associations, have been lobbying the appropriate levels of government to bring about similar laws to Canadian provinces.