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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.

Analysis, News

DAT SOLUTIONS: Flatbeds send spot market volumes higher

Spot market activity on DAT MembersEdge kept on building last week as the number of load posts increased 3 percent and truck posts rose 4 percent. National van and reefer load-to-truck ratios dipped while the flatbed load-to-truck ratio exceeded 100 for the fifth straight week. Rates, however, didn’t move much: Van: $2.16 per mile, no […]

News

TravelCenters of America’s 2018 Citizen Driver awards is coming up

Leadership, safety and public service are among the defining traits of TravelCenters of America’s Citizen Drivers award for truckers. The 2018 Citizen Drivers will be recognized Tuesday, May 8, at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum at the I-80 TA in Walcott. Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker will be there. Jon, who […]

Driver Fitness, News, OOIDA

OOIDA offers free classes for business-minded truck drivers

OOIDA offers a series of classes by video at its website. Since 2006, OOIDA has presented educational classes for the small business owner and the professional truck driver. It has been OOIDA’s continual mission to fight for the rights of all truckers through research and education. For a variety of different reasons, a vast majority of […]

Opinion

How an Oregon trucker got lost and what we can learn from it

An innocent mistake endangered the life of an Oregon trucker. Hauling a load of potato chips from Portland, Ore., to Nyssa, Ore., on Tuesday, April 24, Jacob Cartwright, a 22-year-old truck driver for Little Trees Transportation, entered the wrong address in his GPS. He eventually became stranded and then walked through the Oregon wilderness until […]

Fuel prices, News, State

Delaware latest state to study vehicle miles traveled ta

With funding for infrastructure becoming worrisome as fuel taxes bring in less revenue, several states have been studying a potential mileage-based user fee or vehicle miles traveled tax. Delaware is the latest state to join the ranks. The I-95 Corridor Coalition and the Delaware Department of Transportation have launched a three-month study of the vehicle […]

Analysis, Equipment, News

NHTSA looks into scope, timeliness of four DTNA recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation is examining four separate recalls that were issued by Daimler Trucks North America within the past six months. NHTSA is concerned about the timeliness of the recalls. Nearly half a million commercial vehicles are involved in the audit. On April 23, NHTSA opened an audit […]

News, Products & Services, Safety & Security, State

Ticket camera rule changes approved, pursued in seven states

State legislatures around the country continue to discuss and take action on the use of automated cameras to ticket drivers. More than 500 communities around the country employ the use of red-light or speed cameras to nab drivers disobeying traffic rules, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety reports. Supporters of the devices say they help […]

News

Keeping you compliant

DOT drug and alcohol testing is the law for commercial drivers – even for owner-operators. The problem is how do you select yourself for a random drug test? Consortium Management Co. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of OOIDA, was established to help eliminate the hassle and confusion of mandatory drug and alcohol testing. It is […]

Opinion

Self-driving vehicles – another technology frenzy?

Got half-a-billion to burn? Welcome to the self-driving technology race. Long before anyone actually makes money on autonomous vehicles, most of today’s players will be forced from the field and lots of money will be lost. Lots and lots of money. And just in case you were wondering, there will still be driving jobs. Scores […]

News, Safety & Security

Seven more states adopt rule changes for truck platoons

Work continues at statehouses from coast to coast to provide authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways. The concept uses a lead truck to control the speed and braking of following trucks. Advocates say truck platooning will save fuel because of reduced aerodynamic drag, lessen traffic congestion, and improve highway safety. Some supporters […]