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Featured: Coronavirus, News

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.

News, State, Tolls

Connecticut State Bond Commission approves governor’s tolling study

Despite opposition from Republican lawmakers and some Democrats in Connecticut, the State Bond Commission has approved funding for Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $10 million toll study. The study will assess possible electronic tolling on Interstates 95, 91 and 84. On Wednesday, July 25, the State Bond Commission in Connecticut approved allocations for the Bureau of Engineering […]

Crime & Courts, News

Texas jury orders FTS International to pay $101 million in crash lawsuit

A jury in Texas has awarded a man about $101 million for a crash with a tractor-trailer in 2013. The indictment, which names both the trucking company and its driver, claims both were responsible since a drug test revealed drugs in the trucker’s system, suggesting the company was negligent in hiring the driver in the […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Pennsylvania woman sentenced for falsifying DOT physicals

A Pennsylvania woman, who pleaded guilty in a case where she was accused of unlawfully performing U.S. Department of Transportation physicals for commercial drivers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on July 20. Joann Wingate of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was sentenced to two years of probation, including six months of home detention, for her role in […]

Federal, News

EPA reverses course on glider enforcement

The Environmental Protection Agency is reversing its previous decision to not enforce a cap on glider vehicles, the agency announced Friday, July 27. On July 6, the EPA announced it had decided to delay through 2019 the enforcement of a cap that would limit the number of glider trucks that could be built. The agency said the […]

News, State

Pennsylvania pair enter guilty pleas to conspiracy, Clean Air Act violations

The final two defendants in federal case involving violations of the Clean Air Act have pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the United States by disabling emissions control devices on commercial vehicles. Joseph Powell and John Joseph entered guilty pleas on July 19 in U.S. District Court, Williamsport, Pa., for their role in […]

Opinion

Function creep and the electronic records

It’s not the name of a recording studio run by a questionably strange mixing board genius. It’s also not a band, catchy podcast title, or online music store. Function creep is a real thing, and the negative fallout caused by the mandated use of electronic records may be an excellent example of it. According to […]

Crime & Courts, News, OOIDA

OOIDA files amicus brief to High Court in support of truck driver’s case against Prime

Editor’s note: This article has been modified for clarity. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a truck driver who contends that the Federal Arbitration Act does not apply to transportation workers. OOIDA filed the brief on July 25 in support of truck driver Dominic […]

News

States take steps to limit use of license plate readers

State officials around the country continue to make progress with effort to pursue and adopt rules that cover the practice of tracking drivers’ movements through automatic license plate readers, or ALPRs. The devices are mounted on police vehicles, road signs or traffic lights. High-tech cameras to capture the date, time and location that scanned vehicles […]

Crime & Courts, News, State

California drug-testing company owner sentenced for falsifying lab results

An owner of a California drug-testing company for motor carriers was sentenced in a U.S. District Court in Sacramento for falsifying lab tests results. Court documents reveal that the lab tests were never conducted. On July 13, Demetri Dearth, owner of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), in Redding, Calif., was sentenced to one year imprisonment, […]

News, Truck Shows

Catch up with OOIDA’s Jon Osburn at the TopGun Large Car Shootout

Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, plans to spend the weekend at the TopGun LargeCar Shootout truck show in Rantoul, Ill. The truck show is being staged at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. It is a working-class truck show, and this is its 11th year. The show is open to […]