Land Line Now’s Community Bulletin Board for Feb. 17, 2022.
Entering Canada? Use ArriveCAN
Canada’s Border Services Agency is reminding all travelers coming into Canada that they must submit their mandatory information in ArriveCAN. You can get full details on measures in place online.
Montana issues emergency order
Montana has relieved hours-of-service requirements for commercial drivers. Gov. Greg Gianforte signed an energy emergency declaration this week in response to bitter cold temperatures in Montana, which have increased the demand for propane and heating oil. The declaration applies only to truckers providing emergency relief, and expires Feb. 18.
Illinois expressway shooting dashboard
There have been so many shootings on expressways in Illinois over the past few years that authorities have launched a public dashboard to track them. The interactive Statewide Expressway Shooting dashboard has data on all shooting reports dating back to 2019.
Support the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship
If you’d like to support the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship, you can also donate to the fund. You can email the OOIDA Foundation for more information. And you can drop donations at the Spirit of the American Trucker or send tax-deductible donations to:
OOIDA Foundation Inc.
1 NW OOIDA Dr.
Grain Valley, MO 64029
OK Kickapoo Turnpike cashless tolling
The Kickapoo Turnpike in eastern Oklahoma County in Oklahoma has turned to cashless tolling. Drivers are now using PikePass or PlatePay instead of toll booths and coin machines.
The Kickapoo Turnpike is the second Oklahoma toll road to fully transition to PIKEPASS/PlatePay. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority plans to transition all of its turnpikes to cashless by the end of 2024.
Peterbilt recalls 3,500 trucks
Paccar has recalled about 3,500 model year 2022 Peterbilt 579s equipped with chassis fairings.
The bolts that hold the chassis fairing step assembly in the closed position may loosen and fracture the latch attachment. The step can unexpectedly move while entering or exiting the cab, increasing the risk of injury.
For questions, call Peterbilt customer service at 940-591-4220 with recall number 22PBA. NHTSA’s number for this recall is 22V-016.
FMCSA updates vision standards
FMCSA is updating its vision standards for commercial drivers who have vision impairment in one eye. The changes allow those drivers to be considered physically qualified under specific conditions. We’ll have the details online.
UCR fees set for coming year
FMCSA wants to reduce UCR fees for 2023 by about 27%. The new fee for zero to two units is $43. The UCR is an annual permit motor carriers must pay if they have an active U.S. DOT number.
Carrier warns of email scam
Landstar says some of its customers are getting scam emails from an address that appears to be from Landstar. If you have questions about whether a particular email or phone call is from the company, Landstar says reach out to them directly at Security@Landstar.com.
Great Dane Recall
Great Dane trailers will recall around 3,300 model year 2022 Champion dry van and Everest reefer trailers due to insufficient lubricant in the wheel hub. Owner notification letters were expected to be mailed Feb. 1. Owners may also contact Great Dane customer service for more information.
For questions call, Great Dane Trailers customer service at 877-369-3493. NHTSA’s number for this recall is 21V-943.
Questions about EPN? Check here
If you have questions about California’s EPN, or Employer Pull Notice program, if this program has affected you in a damaging way, or if you have other compliance questions, call OOIDA Business Services at 816-229-5791.
Colorado wildfire road closings
Colorado has been dealing with road closures in the wake of wildfires there. If you’re headed through the area, check COTrip.org before leaving.
Maryland E-ZPass overcharges
Maryland E-ZPass users may have been overcharged. WBAL-TV of Baltimore reports some drivers are complaining they were recently overbilled – with at least one saying the overcharge was hundreds of dollars. The Maryland Transportation Authority says it’s looking into the problems.
Vermont bridge strike fines
Lyndon, Vt., is tripling the fine for colliding with one of the town’s historic covered bridges. Fines are $5,000 for the first strike, $10,000 for the second, and $15,000 any time after that. The move comes after six bridge collisions in 2021.
OOIDA urges truckers to take part in survey
In February, three federal agencies will launch a nine-month Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey. OOIDA is encouraging truckers to take part. Find more information here, or contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 844-395-4085.