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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.

News, Safety & Security

Automation ‘national dialogue’ tour’s next stop at University of Michigan

Federal regulators continue to seek public input on how to implement rules and safety regulations governing commercial vehicle drivers in a potentially driverless future. According to a notice in the Federal Register, the next chance for public comment will be at a listening session from 1-3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 19, at the University […]

Driver Fitness, News

More VA examiners will be able to conduct DOT physicals for military veterans

A final rule that aims to make it easier for military veterans to receive commercial driver’s licenses is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on June 11.

Crime & Courts, News, State

Truckers continue to ignore I-77 detour in West Virginia; more than 1,000 citations issued

Despite plenty of warning, many truckers continue to ignore the detour on Interstate 77 in West Virginia near the Virginia border. Nearly 200 citations were issued in less than a week after the May 17 opening of the detour route. Two weeks later, more than 1,000 total citations have been issued. Construction crews started a […]

Driver Fitness, News

Guidance on ag hauler HOS exemptions, personal conveyance officially published

While already in effect, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken the final step in making new guidance on agriculture haulers hours of service exemptions and personal conveyance exemption official. The guidance documents published in the Federal Register on Thursday. In a conference call with industry media in late May, FMCSA’s Deputy Administrator Cathy […]

Crime & Courts, News

Senate THUD bill unanimously passes appropriations committee

A federal spending bill that would authorize $71.4 billion for transportation infrastructure, housing assistance and community development sailed through the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The bill advanced without any “controversial riders,” a move the committee says is aimed at garnering bipartisan support for the bill’s approval, according to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. “This bipartisan […]

Elections, News, State

ELECTION 2018: California voters say ‘yes’ to protecting new transportation revenue

Voters in California this week said they do not want elected officials to shift new transportation revenue away from transportation. Proposition 69 on the statewide ballot was approved on Tuesday, June 5, by a 4-to-1 margin. Approval is touted to assure revenue raised through a 2017 transportation funding law will be used solely for transportation […]

Analysis, News

Driver turnover rate for large fleets increases to 94 percent

According to a report from the American Trucking Associations, the driver turnover rate for large truckload carriers rose to 94 percent in the first quarter of 2018. The turnover rate increased 6 percent from the previous quarter. OOIDA President Todd Spencer said the numbers show that large fleets’ claim of a driver shortage is unfounded. […]

News, Truck Shows

Check out The Spirt and the other show trucks at the Buckeye Invitational

Jon Osburn is taking the Spirit of the American Trucker to another truck show, the Buckeye Invitational Truck Show in Springfield, Ohio. The Spirit, OOIDA’s touring trailer, is scheduled to be there June 8-9. He and his canine co-pilot, Sassi, won’t be the only OOIDA ambassadors at the show. Terry Scruton of Land Line Nowis headed […]

Crime & Courts, News, State

Minnesota governor vetoes stiffer punishment for highway protesters

An attempt to enact changes in statute to deter people from blocking highways in Minnesota will need to wait. To date, states including South Dakota and Tennessee have enacted specific rules to deter highway protests through stiff fines and punishments. Governors in Arkansas and Minnesota a year ago vetoed similar efforts. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recently had a revised effort to address the […]

News

Daimler plans facility devoted to automated truck research

Daimler Trucks is doubling down on its investment in automated truck research with plans to build a new, dedicated facility in Portland, Ore. The company announced plans for its Automated Truck Research and Development Center at its Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day June 6. Plans call for the facility to be built next […]