October 2018

News

FMCSA plans to reduce UCR fees in 2019, 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to reduce the fees for the Unified Carrier Registration plan,

The FAQs of personal conveyance

The clampdown on hours of service with the mandated use of electronic logging devices underscored a critical need for flexibility for truck drivers.

OOIDA says safety first when crafting autonomous vehicle policy

In August, the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles met for a long-term policy workshop. Making sure that the needs of truckers are being addressed, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association submitted comments to the task force.

Trucking company to pay $30k in sleep apnea discrimination suit

The New Jersey attorney general announced this week that a trucking company must pay a former employee with sleep apnea $30,000 for failing to reinstate him despite medical clearance.

Fuel tax rates set to increase Oct. 1

The fuel tax rates in New Jersey are once again on the rise. As of Oct. 1, a 4.3-cent rate increase is being charged due to low tax revenue.

OOIDA: Results of military pilot program shouldn’t be used to reduce minimum driving age

In comments to the FMCSA regarding a pilot program that would allow young military veterans to drive in interstate commerce, OOIDA said it hopes the program will be used to benefit veterans rather than as a test case for reducing the age requirements.

Increased flexibility will lead to improved safety, truckers say

During the FMCSA’s hours-of-service listening session at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas this past August, many truckers suggested an increase in flexibility will promote an increase in safety.

OOIDA testifies in support of gliders as affordable option for small-business truckers

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association testified during a House subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C.
The Environment and Oversight subcommittees of the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology held a hearing in September to evaluate the impact of glider truck regulations.

OOIDA supports reducing redundancy, asks that savings go to driver training programs

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association submitted formal comments regarding FMCSA’s proposal to make it easier for drivers to upgrade a Class B commercial driver’s license to a Class A CDL.

Ports’ new clean trucks plan requires 2014 or newer engines

New standards under the Clean Air Action Plan at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach just got stricter for those entering the drayage service for the first time.

Appellate court rules trailer manufacturer not liable for side underride crash

A trailer manufacturer is off the hook in a products-liability lawsuit alleging the company was responsible for a side underride crash that left a 19-year-old with severe brain damage.

Voters to decide on transportation issues in 10 states

Election Day is one month away, and voters in states around the country will cast ballots on efforts that cover transportation

Truckers for Troops to kick off Nov. 5

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is rolling into the 12th year of its Truckers for Troops fundraiser.

A dark cloud hangs over Florida’s SunPass

It was a rough summer for Florida’s SunPass tolling system and the Florida Department of Transportation. For nearly two months, FDOT has been cleaning up a mess that included approximately 90 million unprocessed transactions.

State Watch – October 2018

Here’s our early fall roundup of what governors signed into law in recent weeks and of other items still active. For a complete rundown of state legislation, visit LandLineMag.com and click on “Legislative Watch” under the “Important Info” tab.

Study suggests red-light cameras increase rear-end collisions

Hundreds of communities across the nation employing red-light cameras may want to reconsider.
Two researchers released a study that suggests there is no evidence that the cameras reduce total crashes or injuries.

Know the facts of the day

Terry sat down to answer Land Line’s questions between finishing the day’s paperwork, showering and getting ready to head out from upstate New York to North Carolina

Tough road ahead for autonomous vehicle industry

What about autonomous vehicles? The jury is still out, but the autonomous vehicle industry has taken a few hits as of late

October 2018

In This Issue:

Opinion

Distribution centers know your time is valuable, but do they care?

OOIDA member Mark Mounsey’s family has owned and ocompany trucks, 38 trailers and 14 leased owner-operators for over three decades.

ATA honcho responds weakly to NYT’s list of trucking troubles

In August, The New York Times whacked the American Trucking Associations with a 2-by-4. The following week, the ATA picked itself up off the floor and responded

Features

OOIDA helps members get $14,4000 fine for overweight load dismissed

With the help of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s regulatory department and a clarification from the Federal Highway Administration, a truck driver’s $14,400 fine for having an overweight load was dismissed.

On a roll

Most days, third-generation trucker Kaleb Hammett can be found “playing in the dirt” with his beloved Peterbilt 389. Kaleb drives for Hammett Excavation out of Dodd City, Texas

Preparing to make your choice on Nov. 6

You probably want to know how you can impartially research your choices. Land Line has researched multiple websites to provide you with ways to do that.

Cannot vote on Election Day?

Driving over the road on Election Day is not a reason to sacrifice your vote. A professional driver can still make his or her voice heard back home

State-by-state contact informations

Inside you'll find contact information for all 50 states in one coherent list to get any relevant information useful for upcoming elections.

Registration Deadlines

It is a good idea to have your registration submitted before the earliest deadline date listed for your state. Not all states allow same-date registration.

Make a Difference

Election Day is only a few weeks away. It is important to get registered now to ensure your voice is heard this fall. Follow these guidelines and start making a difference.

Truckers take action

Communicating with elected officials is a task that you cannot afford to step away from.

Never take elections for granted

Elections have consequences. Since the phrase was popularized by President Obama following his 2008 White House victory, it’s become commonly used in political conversations

Strong turnout of voting truckers sure to help shape trucking’s future

In November, tens of millions of voters across the country will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. While it is impossible to predict the outcome, voters control the fate of Congress

Who’s on the ballot?

This November, voters across the country will cast ballots on important races and issues. The proof is in the numbers.

Elections offer opportunity

This year alone, more than 80 percent of the nearly 8,000 elected officials at the state and federal levels of government are up for election.

Just in case

Most states allow you to use chains if you need them. There is regulatory language consistent among several states that says you can use chains “of reasonable proportions … on any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid.”

Chaining up in Canada

OOIDA members and Land Line readers have grown accustomed to the annual updates on chain laws in the lower 48 states in the U.S. Land Line also has received a number of requests for a Canadian chain advisory.

‘A pretty amazing event’

Dakota “Bubba” Cadd spends much of his days sitting in his wheelchair outside his home and signaling for truckers traveling along Highway 26 in Milton, Wis., to blow their air horn.

Honoring Flight 93

Laid to rest

Sept. 11, 2001, 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the North Tower of the World Trade Center, setting off a chain of events forever imprinted on the pages of American history.

Business

Powering up

Life as we know it runs on power. Truckers are getting even more nowadays with lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries.

Trailer tire kicking

Buying a used trailer can be intimidating with most used trailers on the market sold “as is.” That doesn’t mean you should worry, but you should certainly go in prepared.

Class pays – and a little better in aero style

OK, OK, I know everyone likes to see the long-hooded, classic, “squared up” custom big rigs. But sometimes you come across a unique truck that commands your attention

The view of trucking from Princeton

Trucks without drivers are a bad idea. But trains without crews? That’s a good idea. And this could have consequences for the truckload business.

A career in calculating and recalculating

As a young Princeton graduate in the mid-1970s, Alain Kornhauser worked with officials from government and private railroads in emergency meetings to keep Northeast rail freight moving as major railroads failed

Bendix starts trial testing Intellipark electronic parking brake control

Bendix Intellipark electronic parking brake control is now moving into fleet trials with an expected 2019 launch with hopes of preventing rollaway crashes.

Report suggests technology is driving up cost of insurance

Insurance rates for long-haul trucks and trucking have been rapidly increasing over the past several years. The culprit? Technology.

Advice

It’s time to start preparing for tax season

Now is a good time of year to prepare for 2018 taxes, which under the new tax law will be different than your 2017 tax return.

Changes to depreciation and Section 179 expensing

The way you depreciate your truck is another major change that came from tax reform. Now 100 percent of the purchase will be depreciated within a year.

What I want vs. what I need

We talk to drivers and company owners every day, and the conversation usually starts with the driver or company owner letting us know about a traffic ticket.

Replacing clutches and flickering lights

Replacing a clutch is a major undertaking requiring specialized tools, proper procedures and the right supplies (bolts, gauges and so forth).

Stop COPD before it starts

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is a chronic lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs, making it hard to breathe.

Steps to handle the first day of not smoking

A quit plan helps you stay focused and motivated to quit. Visit SmokeFree.gov to learn ways to build a plan that works for you.