Land Line Now’s Community Bulletin Board for Feb. 3, 2022.
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.
Port to charge empty container fee
The Port of Los Angeles will start charging a $100 fees for empty containers that linger for at least nine days at marine terminals. The move takes effect Jan. 30. It’s separate from the lingering import container fee.
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.
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Insurance refund in Michigan
Truckers with a truck or vehicle insured in Michigan could get a $400 refund to start the new year. The state has a surplus of funds in the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association Fund. If you have questions about the refund, contact your insurance provider.
FMCSA extends B.C. emergency declaration
FMCSA has extended its emergency declaration linked to flooding and landslides in British Columbia. The order allows Canadian drivers providing emergency services and essential goods to bypass certain FMCSA regulations. It now runs through Jan. 31.
Here is a PDF of the emergency declaration.
Daimler recall 7,000 Western Stars
Daimler has recalled affected model year 2017 through 2019 Western Stars. Those trucks have a power stud that passes through the bulkhead, which could cause an electrical arc and fire. A little more than 7,000 units are affected.
For questions, call Daimler Trucks North America customer service at 800-547-0712 with recall number FL-907. NHTSA’s number for this recall is 21V-882.
Daimler recall over steering problem
Daimler has recalled certain 2021 and 2022 Western Star 49X trucks. Some steering shafts may not have been installed correctly, which could lead to loss of steering control. About 500 trucks are affected.
For more information, call DTNA’s customer service with the recall number 905. NHTSA’s number for this recall is 21V-864.
Idaho to start licensing hauling hemp cargos, production
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved the state’s hemp law, which defined “hemp” as different from marijuana and legalized it. That means truckers can haul it without encountering problems with law enforcement.
Learn more here: Idaho to start licensing hauling hemp cargos, production.
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.
Pennsylvania rolls out new website and app
The Pennsylvania DOT has rolled out some updates to its 511PA traveler information service. 511PA is available online, by smartphone app or you can call 511.
Cummins recalls engines
A recall has been issued on certain Cummins X12 diesel engines. Fuel tubes in the engines can crack, resulting in a high pressure fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire.
For questions, call 800-286-6467 with recall number C2532.
Daimler will recall about a hundred model year 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles. The front axle fender liner and brake hose may be too close, allowing the fender liner to contact and damage the brake hose.
Illinois joins guidance app network
Illinois has joined other states using the ProMiles Permit Route Guidance app. The app includes audible turn-by-turn technology, allowing truckers to hear directions while keeping their attention on the road. The free app is optimized for routine oversize/overweight permits.
MATS asks for your truck show memories
The Mid-America Trucking Show is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Organizers are asking truckers to take a moment to share some memories from past shows. Get all the details on the MATS website.
WIT seeks nominations
Women in Trucking has put out an open call for nominations for their 2022 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 10.
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.
Organizing a truck show or other event? Contact us
Are you involved in organizing a truck show? We want to make other truckers aware of your event, but we need your help. Email information about your event to us at LandLineNow@ooida.com. We’ll get it on the air and on our website.