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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, OOIDA, Tolls

OOIDA turns Pennsylvania governor’s words against him in toll lawsuit

As the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission continues, new information is surfacing. OOIDA recently filed new exhibits in the toll lawsuit that include recent comments by Gov. Tom Wolf. On Nov. 29, OOIDA filed new supplemental information in support of its argument that excessive tolls in Pennsylvania are unconstitutional. In […]

News, OOIDA

The Spirit rolls into Las Vegas

Las Vegas has many nicknames. Add a new one to the list: The Next Stop for The Spirit. Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, plans to stop in the Las Vegas area on Dec. 1-3 at the Linda and Bob Caffee Petro. It is off I-15 at the […]

Opinion

The driver churn keeps churning

Some things never change. Take this media quote: “The answer to the driver shortage has not changed. It’s still money. Pay more and you’ll find more drivers.” It’s from a column in the October 1995 issue of Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine. Yup, 23 years ago, and I’m the guy who wrote it. Of course there […]

Federal, News

Truckers encouraged to participate in federal truck parking survey

In an effort to collect information to combat the truck parking shortage, the U.S. DOT is updating the truck parking survey they released more than three years ago. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued its second version of the Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey and is encouraging truckers to participate. The truck parking survey […]

News, Products & Services

DAT Solutions: Spot van demand heats up as holiday freight rolls

Thanksgiving meant there was less activity on DAT MembersEdge during the week ending Nov. 24. Load and truck posts were both down 26 percent, in line with expectations for a holiday week. But the declines varied based on equipment type. Van load posts fell at a much slower rate than truck posts, a sign that […]

News

Police, family seek help in locating missing trucker last seen in Hammonton, N.J.

Police in Hammonton, N.J., are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing trucker who was last seen on Halloween. John Ring, 62, a driver for Express Dedicated LLC, was reported missing on Nov. 21. According to a Facebook post on the Hammonton Police Department’s page, Ring left early on Nov. 1 headed to Virginia. […]

Crime & Courts

Court tosses out class action lawsuit over classifying drivers as independent contractors

While truckers are winning misclassification suits on the West Coast, the fate of similar lawsuits elsewhere in the country is less predictable. The Seventh Circuit court of appeals in Chicago recently dismissed a class action lawsuit that claimed a trucking company misclassified drivers as independent contractors. On Nov. 20, the United States Court of Appeals […]

Federal, News

FMCSA ready to get green light on under-21 military pilot program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is crossing off the last item on its “to do” list ahead of launching its under-21 military driver pilot program. The agency published a Federal Register notice that it’s ready for White House clearance to proceed with the pilot program. That notice published Nov. 27. The agency plans a […]

Federal, News

FMCSA needs more small carriers to participate in crash preventability study

There isn’t much worse than working as a professional truck driver and being in a crash. The crash not being your fault seems to make it even worse since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration counts a crash as a crash – regardless of fault. That practice could be drawing to a close. The agency […]

Opinion

Winter driving foes rear familiar ugly heads

It’s that time of year again, kids. Winter weather driving conditions of one kind or another are present in most of the contiguous 48 states. Holiday traffic has commenced and once again four-wheelers with four-wheel-drive have taken a holiday from common sense. I’m not sure who started the rumor that four-wheel-drive gives you the superpower […]