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A coronavirus timeline: How we got here

Land Line Media provides a timeline of the events related to the coronavirus dating back to Dec. 31, when the first reports came out of China.

Federal, News

Affordable Care Act 2019 enrollment deadline is Dec. 15

The deadline to enroll in or change a 2019 Marketplace health insurance plan is fast approaching. Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act runs through Saturday, Dec. 15. Coverage begins Jan. 1. To enroll or change a marketplace health insurance plan, visit HealthCare.gov. Although the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminates the tax […]

News, State

Wisconsin revises rules on certain highway funding

As part of a special session in Wisconsin, the Legislature has approved legislation that includes a bill to concentrate federal funds into fewer highway projects. The so-called extraordinary session was called to take advantage of the last weeks of the state’s trifecta status for Republicans at the capitol. Trifecta control is when one party controls […]

News, Tolls

Virginia transportation board approves I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan

With less than a year to conduct a study, administer 12 public meetings and come up with a plan, the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved recommendations for the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan. Although details have not been released, one funding possibility includes a toll on trucks. On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Virginia’s transportation board […]

Opinion

Startled to distraction in the name of safety

This just in: It’s unsafe to startle someone when they’re behind the wheel of a loaded commercial vehicle. It’s also distracting. It’s called “acoustic startle reflex,” and it’s a flight reaction in mammals. The hind limbs tighten and gaze adjusts  toward the direction of threatening stimuli. You know, like when you were a little kid […]

News, State

Texas bills cover ELDs, trailer registration, truck safety

Work has begun at the Texas capitol in preparation for the kickoff of the legislative year. Several trucking issues are getting attention in Texas bills, including ELDs, oversized vehicles and trailer registration. One House bill addresses the use and installation of electronic logging devices on certain large trucks. Sponsored by Rep. James White, R-Hillister, HB153 […]

News

Sleigh Bells and Santa provides gifts for children of deceased truckers

Truckers Final Mile is still accepting donations for its Sleigh Bells and Santa program, which provides Christmas gifts to the children of deceased truck drivers. The Sleigh Bells and Santa campaign is open to any child age 18 or younger who lost a truck driver parent in the past year. To refer an eligible child, […]

News

Four rookie truckers vie for Transition Trucking award

Next week, one of three rookie truck drivers with a military background will be the owner of a new Kenworth T680. The winner of the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award will be revealed during a ceremony on Dec. 14 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The third annual award recognizes America’s […]

Business, News, Products & Services

DAT Solutions: Stronger demand boosts spot van and reefer rates

Exceptionally strong demand for trucks on MembersEdge helped push national average van and reefer rates up a penny per mile last week while the flatbed rate held steady, halting an eight-week decline. As expected, load posts and truck posts increased significantly compared to the holiday-shortened week. The number of load posts was up 54 percent […]

News, State

Texas bills cover ELDs, trailer registration, truck safety

Work has begun at the Texas capitol in preparation for the kickoff of the legislative year. Several trucking issues are getting attention in Texas bills, including ELDs, oversized vehicles and trailer registration. One House bill addresses the use and installation of electronic logging devices on certain large trucks. Sponsored by Rep. James White, R-Hillister, HB153 […]

News, OOIDA

The Spirit ends year in Idaho; a trip downtown may be in store

Boise, Idaho, where Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, calls home, surprises many visitors. There is more going on that they suspect. Even better, a lot of it is in downtown Boise. It is an easy bus ride away for a trucker staying at truck stops just off I-84. Jon and his canine co-pilot, […]