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U.S. chain law roundup 2019

Winter is just around the corner. Do you know which states require chains? Be prepared before you roll out with Land Line’s annual U.S. Chain Law round up.

Crime & Courts, News, Safety & Security

EEOC files sexual harassment lawsuit against Prime

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against New Prime Trucking, alleging that the Springfield, Mo.-based trucking company failed to take adequate steps to prevent the sexual harassment of a female truck driver. The EEOC alleges that Prime created a hostile work environment for a female employee by allowing her to work […]

Crime & Courts, News, State

Wyoming Supreme Court rules parked CRST truck was ‘proximate cause’ of fatal crash

A decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court  means CRST International must stand trial in connection with a wrongful death suit involving a motorist who died in 2014 after crashing into a parked truck in Utah. The state’s high court on June 8 ruled 3-2 in favor of overturning a lower court’s February 2017 dismissal of […]

News

DAT SOLUTIONS: With 27 percent increase in loads, spot rates soar

Spot truckload rates on DAT MembersEdge were up sharply during the week ending June 9 as the number of loads increased 27 percent while truck posts fell 0.4 percent. With demand for trucks jumping during a week that included the Roadcheck blitz, rates rose for all three equipment types. Van: $2.29 per mile, up 10 […]

News, State

North Carolina Legislature approves $3 billion in bonds for roads

The state of North Carolina is one step away from moving forward with plans to borrow $3 billion to get transportation work done. House lawmakers voted 94-21 on Tuesday, June 12, to advance to the governor the proposed North Carolina Bond Act. The Senate already approved the bill, SB758, by unanimous consent. Starting in fiscal […]

Crime & Courts, News, State

Owner of New Jersey moving companies pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy

A New Jersey moving company owner has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in connection with a scheme that federal investigators said involved holding customers’ household goods hostage after demanding a fee higher than quoted. Maximo Beras of Kearney, N.J., who court records indicate also used the alias Charles Goico, entered guilty pleas to one count […]

Federal, News

Bipartisan bill seeks delay of ELD enforcement on ag haulers while reforms sought

A bipartisan bill would delay enforcement of the mandate requiring electronic logging devices be used in agricultural hauling until regulatory reforms are proposed. U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., this week introduced the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation to establish a multiple-stakeholder working group to reform U.S. Department […]

News, State

New Virginia laws aid certain loads, heavier trucks

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into law multiple bills that address trucking issues. The first bill covers overweight permits for large trucks hauling Virginia-grown produce over bridges and culverts. Specifically, the change applies to five-axle combinations having no less than 42 feet of axle space between extreme axles. Previously SB73, the new rule extends the […]

News, State, Tolls

West Virginia toll rates to double next year

Driving through certain parts of West Virginia will become twice as expensive next year. By unanimous decision, the West Virginia Parkways Authority recently voted to increase toll rates. A new discounted E-ZPass program is also included as part of Gov. Jim Justice’s Roads to Prosperity plan. The current cash toll rate for five-axle trucks on […]

Federal, News

Senate bill would eliminate federal excise tax on sale of heavy-duty trucks

A bill introduced in the Senate would repeal the federal excise tax on the sale of heavy-duty trucks. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) proposed bill S3052 on Wednesday, June 13. A similar bill was introduced last year in the House by Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.). The tax has been in effect at varying rates since 1917. […]

Features

Trucker wins ‘rock ‘n’ roll lottery’ by becoming lead singer of Kansas

Driving for StandFast Packaging out of Carol Stream, Ill., in 2014, Ronnie Platt checked his email while being unloaded at one of his stops. It was a message from Phil Ehart, the drummer for the rock band Kansas, telling the then 52-year-old Platt that the group wanted him to be their lead singer. In an […]