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South Dakota legislature puts forth resolution to ask Congress to repeal ELD mandate

South Dakota’s state legislature has introduced a resolution calling on Congress to repeal the ELD mandate. Senate Concurrent Resolution 14 calls on Congress and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to overturn the rules regarding electronic logging devices, because of the “unintended consequences” caused by the mandate and the “undue financial and administrative burden” placed on drivers […]

News, Safety & Security

States pursue CDL tie-in to combat human trafficking

The list of states across the country to call on professional drivers to help curb human trafficking continues to grow. In July 2016 Ohio became the first state to implement mandatory training on trafficking prevention via Truckers Against Trafficking. Since then states including Illinois, Arkansas and Texas have followed suit. Multiple efforts are underway at the South Carolina statehouse to adopt similar tie-ins. H4681 […]

Fuel prices, News

Diesel prices continue to rise across the U.S.

If your Spidey sense is telling you diesel prices are up across the country, there are two fuel price indexes saying to trust your intuition. The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went up 1.6 cents per gallon from the week before, to $3.086 per gallon, for the week ending Monday, Feb. 5, […]

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OOIDA asks President Trump to meet ‘real’ truckers

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is calling on President Donald Trump to meet with the real men and women behind the wheels of America’s trucks to discuss the mandate for electronic logging devices. In a Feb. 5 letter to the White House, OOIDA’s acting president Todd Spencer urged Trump to meet with “Americans who actually drive […]

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Employment in trucking subsector kicks off 2018 with more jobs

For the 12th consecutive month, transportation jobs overall scored gains in January. The transport sector netted 11,100 jobs to the economy. Trucking jobs also went up after a small decrease in December. The truck transportation subsector experienced an increase of 2,200 jobs in January after the industry lost 600 in December and gained 1,800 in […]

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Dozens of lawmakers tell FMCSA, ‘We support OOIDA’s ELD exemption request’

A group of 25 Congressional lawmakers has thrown its support behind a proposal that would exempt small motor carriers with exemplary safety records from the mandate requiring electronic logging devices to record hours of service. Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who has introduced a bill that would have delayed the mandate by two years, issued a […]

News, Tolls

Utah bill paves way for greater use of toll roads

A bill moving forward at the Utah statehouse would expand the state’s authority to collect tolls on highways around the state. Utah law already permits the use of tolls to cover state expenses. The Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee voted unanimously to advance a bill that is intended to “modernize” toll collection. […]

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Website outage leads to estimated backlog of 500,000 DOT exams

The backlog of Department of Transportation exams unable to be uploaded because of a two-month outage of an FMCSA website could be more than half a million, a certified medical examiner estimates. “There were about 3.5 million exams performed last year,” said Mike Megehee, a doctor of chiropractic and president of Pendleton, Ore.-based Team CME. […]

Features

Truckers drive Super Bowl Sunday

On Sunday, friends and families will join together and huddle around a television while munching on a smorgasbord of chips, dip, pizza, chicken wings and popcorn and washing it down with a cold beer or soda. This can only mean one thing: Super Bowl Sunday! Even if their team didn’t reach the championship game, millions […]

News, Safety & Security

DOT report shows detention time results in more crashes, lost earnings

Electronic loggings devices and hours of service regulations are causing a variety of issues for truckers, and driver detention just exacerbates those problems. A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Transportation quantifies the consequences of delays occurring before loading and unloading. Long story short: Driver detention creates a safety issue and is costing […]