December 2019/January 2020

Wrong Way

While more regulations keep being added, trucker fatalities reach a 30-year high.



Wrong way

In spite of ever-increasing regulation, NHTSA’s stats show, large truck occupant fatalities reached a 30-year high in 2018.

hours of service

Up next, a final rule

The comments are in, and now the waiting begins to see when the FMCSA unveils a final rule regarding hours-of-service regulations.

Need to Know clearinghouse info

What you need to know about the drug and alcohol clearinghouse

The launch of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is right around the corner, but what does that mean for drivers, motor carriers and owner-operators?


Mullen takes over as FMCSA’s acting administrator

Jim Mullen, who worked more than a decade for Werner as executive vice president and general counsel, was named FMCSA interim administrator.


AOBRDs phased out beginning Dec. 16

Time has run out for truckers using AOBRDs to record their hours-of-service compliance. The deadline to switch to ELDs is here.


FMCSA’s website security to undergo audit

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General set to audit the security of FMCSA’s information technology infrastructure.

tax ID UCR

UCR reveals data breach

Tax ID, Social Security numbers of 30,000 motor carriers may have been exposed due to a vulnerability on the Unified Carrier Registration Plan’s website.

drug testing

HHS announces guidelines for oral drug testing

The Department of Health and Human Services has established scientific guidelines that will allow the use of oral fluid drug testing.


Voters in three states decide on transportation questions

Voters in states from the Pacific Northwest to New England cast ballots on Nov. 5 about efforts addressing transportation.

toll rates tolling to fund roads

States consider new tolls or increasing existing toll rates

States are scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to infrastructure funding. To fill those coffers, several states are turning to tolls.

transportation funding

State transportation funding options are all over the map

Elected state officials all over the map are working to find solutions to reduce transportation funding gaps for roads, bridges and transit.


Ohio bill aids ‘driver churn,’ OOIDA says

An Ohio bill meant to alleviate concerns over a driver shortage will do the opposite by increasing driver churn, OOIDA says.

drug testing

Roadside drug testing program expands in Michigan

A Michigan drug testing program lets “drug recognition experts” to give roadside saliva tests to any driver suspected of being under the influence of drugs.


Tolls on Pennsylvania Turnpike to increase by 6% on Jan. 5

On January 5, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up again. This time, by 6%. The Turnpike plans to go cashless in 2021.

state watch

State Watch – December 2019/January 2020

Land Line Magazine's State Watch brings you a round-up of legislative issues unfolding at statehouses around the country.

The Parking Zone truck parking

The Parking Zone – December 2019/January 2020

Local truck parking issues are too numerous to cover individually. But what each one means to the underlying national problem is too significant to ignore.

board of directors

Nominations due Dec. 31for OOIDA’s Board of Directors

Nominations for OOIDA's board of directors must be filed by Dec. 31. Find out how you can nominate a deserving driver and participate in the elections.

Truckers for Troops 2019

OOIDA wraps up a successful Truckers for Troops 2019

OOIDA's Truckers for Troops 2019 campaign, which raises funds to send care packages to troops overseas and to help veterans at home, was a success.

Jim Johnston Tribute

‘A Leader, a visionary, an advocate’

For more than four decades, Jim Johnston was the driving force behind OOIDA. On Oct. 22, the Association dedicated a plaque in his memory.

driver training rule CDL training

The long road to a driver training rule

Years in the making, the long-awaited driver training rule is set to take effect in February 2020. Here's what you need to know.


Truck-only VMT tax: Good or bad idea?

Seeking long-term funding solutions for the Highway Trust Fund, the Congressional Budget Office released a full report exploring a VMT tax for trucks only.

cameras monitoring system

NHTSA considers allowing cameras to substitute for rearview mirrors

CDL fraud

Woman sentenced for CDL fraud scheme

A former Mississippi Highway Patrol CDL tester has been sentenced for her role in a CDL fraud scheme, according to court documents.

CBD products

Trucker claims CBD product led to failed drug test

After unexpectedly failing a drug test, a trucker is suing a Florida company alleging that trace amounts of their CBD products caused a false positive.

December 2019/January 2020

In This Issue:


Johanne Couture

Freedom of the open road led to career in trucking

Johanne Couture, a Canadian owner-operator, serves as a member of the OOIDA Board of Directors. She hauls liquid chemical tanker.

OOIDA board

‘Doing nothing is not an option.’

The Fall 2019 meeting of the OOIDA Board of Directors was an important time for the Association to talk strategy and goals ahead of a new highway bill.

Jim Johnston Tribute

‘A Leader, a visionary, an advocate’

For more than four decades, Jim Johnston was the driving force behind OOIDA. On Oct. 22, the Association dedicated a plaque in his memory.

driver training rule CDL training

The long road to a driver training rule

Years in the making, the long-awaited driver training rule is set to take effect in February 2020. Here's what you need to know.

Werner Enterprises

$40 million Werner lawsuit takes a look at driver training

A New Mexico jury awarded a family $40.5M for a wrongful death suit against Werner Enterprises. The heart of the lawsuit was Werner's driver training.


A season of giving

Truckers are known for their big hearts and giving spirits year round, but many trucking groups go the extra mile for charity during the holidays.


Line 1 layovers

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to treat your mandatory breaks like mini-vacations. Staff writer Wendy Parker puts together some Line 1 layovers.

Dashboard confidential, Speeding

Dashboard Confidential – December 2019

Just the other day I gave a complete stranger a gift that she didn’t ask for and likely never knew she received. I gave her the gift of life and the ability to make the journey home.


Strange Things & Filthy Lies – December 2019

Peacock Lady, poop boxes, and robot overlords. Let's recap the strangest things and filthiest lies Wendy Parker found on the road during 2019.


The legend of Moodini

Land Line Magazine's Wendy Parker serves up a second helping of Strange Things with the ballad of Moodini, the escaping cow.

roses and razzberries

Roses & Razzberries – December 2019

Roses to some dedicated public servants, and to a trucker who spent his career hauling freight for NASA. Razzberries to a politician who doesn't get it.



Carriers fear hacks through wireless tech

Hacks and hackers are increasingly becoming of greater concern to motor carriers - and for good reasons, according to John Bendel.


The worst transportation hack so far

The June 27, 2017 hack that brought down the headquarters of A.P. Moller-Maersk sent ripples throughout the global supply chain.


Chevron kicks a lot of ash

It all started with a question about ash production and its effects on diesel particulate filters. That sent Chevron engineers to the drawing board for a new oil.

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff & Cool Services – December 2019

Hot Stuff & Cool Services for December 2019 features "smart" coffee mugs, a 25-in-1 tool that fits on a keychain, and relief from check engine light panic.


Charlie Bates Sr

Mafia Secrets – December 2019/January 2020

Veteran trucker Charlie Bates, Sr., is 73 years old and still running strong. Bryan "Boss Man" Martin sits down with the man and his rig, "Ol Red."

Maintenance Q A

Maintenance Q&A – December 2019/January 2020

Heaters and tires are the focus of the December 2019 edition of Land Line Magazine's "Maintenance Q&A" with "Professor Paul" Abelson.

Tax Tips scams

Tax Tips – December 2019/January 2020

Income tax season is just around the corner. The folks at PBS Tax Service are here to help with a handy list of all the info you'll need to get started.

Road Law

Road Law – December 2019/January 2020

In the latest dispatch from the attorneys at Road Law, they discuss why it's always a good idea for drivers to have a Plan B when dealing with legal issues.