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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.

Driver Fitness, News

Trucking suffers largest monthly job decrease in two and a half years

For the 15th consecutive month, transportation jobs overall scored gains in April, but just barely. The transport sector netted only 400 jobs to the economy, the lowest increase since the last monthly loss in January 2017. Trucking jobs experienced its highest monthly decrease since October 2015 after experiencing two consecutive month of three-year-high increases. The […]

News

HELP Inc. responds to Missouri audit alleging conflicts of interest

HELP Inc., the parent company of scale preclearance company PrePass, has issued a response following the April 26 release of a Missouri State Auditor report that highlights conflicts of interest of some former state employees who once served on the HELP board of directors. The audit report details instances where employees of the Missouri Department of Transportation […]

Elections, News

ELECTION 2018 Omaha voters to decide on $151 million in road bonds

Voters in the city of Omaha, Neb., will cast ballots on May 15 for a question that is touted to double the city’s planned expenditures on transportation projects. One question will ask voters whether to authorize $151.3 million in road bonds over six years. If approved, dozens of projects are planned for completion. General obligation […]

Crime & Courts, News, Safety & Security

2016 inspection found corrosion in conduit system that fell, killed trucker

The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report that sheds some light on what happened, when a 70-year-old trucker died after electrical conduit smashed through his windshield in the Lehigh Tunnel in Pennsylvania. At approximately 6 p.m. on Feb. 21, the truck driver entered the Lehigh Tunnel on southbound Interstate 476 in East Penn […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Pennsylvania Senate backs snow-free vehicle mandate

A bill halfway through the Pennsylvania General Assembly addresses concern about snow and ice removal from atop cars and trucks. Pennsylvania law already allows police to ticket car and truck drivers and fine them $200 and $1,000 if the wintry precipitation causes serious injury or death. The Senate voted unanimously to advance a bill that […]

Crime & Courts, News, Safety & Security, State

Two counties sue Mississippi governor for emergency bridge closures

Less than a month after Gov. Phil Bryant ordered the closure of more than 100 unsafe bridges in Mississippi, two counties are suing him for what they say exceeded the governor’s power and authority. Gov. Bryant has called the lawsuit “extremely troubling.” Through their respective board of supervisors, Jasper and Smith counties filed a lawsuit […]

Opinion

No experience necessary

Here’s an open invitation to step inside my mind for a moment. Wait, where ya’ going? Hold on, it’s not that bad, really. It’s just a glimpse of what I think when I hear people say, “I’ve been driving 40 years, and that never happened to me, so it must be a self-inflicted problem.” Hey […]

Opinion

Pennsylvania Turnpike’s cronyism illustrates another reason to hate toll roads

One of many reasons I don’t like toll roads is the cronyism that comes with it. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which operates America’s first superhighway, is a prime example of why cronyism is a problem with toll roads. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is suing the Turnpike Commission. The lawsuit was filed in March. OOIDA […]

Analysis, News

DAT SOLUTIONS: Flatbeds send spot market volumes higher

Spot market activity on DAT MembersEdge kept on building last week as the number of load posts increased 3 percent and truck posts rose 4 percent. National van and reefer load-to-truck ratios dipped while the flatbed load-to-truck ratio exceeded 100 for the fifth straight week. Rates, however, didn’t move much: Van: $2.16 per mile, no […]

News

TravelCenters of America’s 2018 Citizen Driver awards is coming up

Leadership, safety and public service are among the defining traits of TravelCenters of America’s Citizen Drivers award for truckers. The 2018 Citizen Drivers will be recognized Tuesday, May 8, at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum at the I-80 TA in Walcott. Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker will be there. Jon, who […]