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Babin delivers speech imploring Trump to delay ‘colossal’ ELD mandate

Rep. Brian Babin, who has championed a delay of the electronic logging mandate, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives early Thursday morning, calling on President Donald Trump to delay the mandate. He attacked the $2 billion Obama-era regulation aggressively, that “shamefully remains on the books” and again asked Trump to delay […]

Federal, News, OOIDA

OOIDA to President Trump – Give truckers ‘relief’ from ELD mandate

With only days remaining until a $2 billion mandate requiring most commercial vehicles to install electronic logging devices, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is appealing to President Donald Trump to delay the rule’s implementation. In a letter sent to the White House on Dec. 13, the Association, along with a coalition of 10 industry groups […]

Federal, News

Bipartisan bills in House, Senate will require underride guards on trucks and trailers

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a bill on Tuesday, Dec. 12, that will require the installation of front, rear and side underride guards on all trailers, semitrailers and single-unit trucks more than 10,000 pounds. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., introduced a mirrored bill in the House. […]

News

Freight index reaches another all-time high in October; truck freight remains strong

In the Transportation Services Index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, increases in four of six modes, including another significant increase in trucking, led to another all-time high. Trucking freight jumped forward for a fourth consecutive month, increasing from 144.5 to 146, an increase of more than 1 percent. Numbers from the American […]

News, OOIDA

CALL TO ACTION: OOIDA asks members to submit comments on EPA’s glider kit proposal

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is asking its more than 160,000 members to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to repeal emissions requirements for glider kits. OOIDA delivered a Call to Action to all of its members on Wednesday, Dec. 13, requesting truck drivers to submit comments in support of the repeal. The public […]

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Missouri lawmakers get jump on session with bills on highway protests, traffic

Multiple Missouri lawmakers have filed legislation for the upcoming regular session to revisit issues that cover road safety. The 2017 legislative session in Missouri included efforts to deter highway protests and to teach aspiring motorists how to handle traffic stops. Both efforts failed to gain traction and died in committee in their originating chamber. In […]

Opinion

Don’t give the kid a truck

Here we go again. Rep. Claudia Tenney wants to fill those empty truck seats with 18-year-olds. The upstate New York congresswoman has introduced HR3889 to expand the scope of an existing pilot program for young military veterans to include nonveterans as well. Tenney’s bill would allow any 18-year-old with a clean driving record, a driving […]

Crime & Courts, News

More indictments handed out for large California DMV CDL scheme

Ten more co-conspirators have been indicted in a CDL scheme involving California Department of Motor Vehicles employees and truck driving schools. In November, two DMV employees pleaded guilty for their role in the scheme. Four others were indicted in July 2015 and either pleaded guilty or await trial, bringing the total to at least 16 […]

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DAT Solutions: Demand dips, but rates hit three-year highs

Demand for trucks is way up as we head deeper into December. However, load posts on DAT MembersEdge experienced a holiday hangover during the week ending Dec. 9, falling 10 percent while the number of available trucks rose 12 percent. Load-to-truck ratios slipped as a result. Van: 7.2 available loads per truck, down from 9.3 […]

Opinion

GM’s Marketplace app doubles down on distracted driving

What’s more dangerous? Changing a song on a music app while driving or ordering a venti iced skinny caramel macchiato con panna with a shot of hazelnut syrup while driving? According to GM’s Marketplace, they’re basically the same thing. If you drive a 2017-18 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac, you may have noticed some additions […]