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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.

Opinion

Self-driving vehicles – another technology frenzy?

Got half-a-billion to burn? Welcome to the self-driving technology race. Long before anyone actually makes money on autonomous vehicles, most of today’s players will be forced from the field and lots of money will be lost. Lots and lots of money. And just in case you were wondering, there will still be driving jobs. Scores […]

News, Safety & Security

Seven more states adopt rule changes for truck platoons

Work continues at statehouses from coast to coast to provide authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways. The concept uses a lead truck to control the speed and braking of following trucks. Advocates say truck platooning will save fuel because of reduced aerodynamic drag, lessen traffic congestion, and improve highway safety. Some supporters […]

News, OOIDA

OOIDA responds to false allegations levied by ATA president

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association issued a formal statement addressing a barrage of untrue accusations made by Chris Spear, president of the American Trucking Associations, in an article published by DC Velocity. The article in part details what the reporter calls “an extraordinary series of comments” Spear unleashed when asked why ATA and OOIDA do […]

Analysis, News, State

Missouri audit reveals conflicts of interest between state employees and PrePass company

Some employees of the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Highway Patrol are under fire after the state auditor discovered “significant conflicts of interest” with PrePass’ company HELP Inc. As a result, HELP was found to receive preferential treatment over Drivewyze, a competing company. On April 26, State Auditor Nicole Galloway published a report that highlighted some major […]

Analysis, Truck Parking

The Parking Zone – April 2018

Every week, there are several news articles across the nation related to truck parking. They range from a state department of transportation closing a rest area to local city councils preventing the opening of a truck stop. News regarding local truck parking are too numerous and small in scope to report on individually. However, what […]

News

FHWA seeks comments for updated Jason’s Law truck parking survey

After more than two and a half years since the Federal Highway Administration released the results of the Jason’s Law survey, the agency is on to the next step: another survey. FHWA seeks comments for an updated Jason’s Law survey. FHWA is accepting comments related to truck parking for the updated survey until May 23. […]

News

Time running out for drivers who need to retake DOT exam

For drivers who took their Department of Transportation physical from Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards in the past two years, the time is now to retake their exam. In late March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said 2,103 commercial motor vehicle drivers who received medical certificates from Edwards would have to pass a new physical […]

News

The Spirit heads west to Colorado

It is time to head out. The past week Jon Osburn has parked The Spirit of the American Trucker at OOIDA headquarters in Grain Valley, Mo., for OOIDA’s semiannual board meeting. Today, though, Jon and his canine co-pilot, Sassi, head to Commerce City, Colo. They plan to be at the Rick Ash TA on Exit […]

News

For the seventh week running, average U.S. diesel prices rise

For the seventh week in a row, the average price for diesel fuel across the U.S. has risen. On Monday, April 30, the Energy Information Administration reported the average price per gallon of diesel cost $3.157. Seven weeks ago, the EIA reported a gallon of diesel costing $2.972 per gallon on average in the U.S. […]

News

Missouri bills focus on truck inspections, traffic stops

Officials in the Missouri General Assembly are moving forward multiple pieces of legislation that cover truck inspections, traffic tickets, and how to handle traffic stops. One bill nearing passage covers a variety of transportation issues, including a provision that addresses concern about random commercial vehicle inspections. Sen. Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, is behind a 54-page bill […]