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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.

Features, OOIDA Member

Spencer sworn in as fourth president of OOIDA

Todd Spencer is officially the fourth president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association following a unanimous vote electing him to the position at the spring meeting of the board of directors on Thursday. Spencer began his trucking career in 1974. He was elected to the OOIDA board in 1978 and was elected executive vice president […]


OOIDA’s lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has been festering for 10 years

The class-action lawsuit brought by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has been a long time coming. There are plenty of reasons to oppose toll roads, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission epitomizes almost all of them. Fear not, though. I will save some fury for another posting. In a lawsuit filed […]


One of these is not like the other

A long time ago (last month), in a galaxy far, far away (Arlington, Va.), life forms from another planet fired a warning shot, aimed directly at the trucking industry. From the safety of his space station on the planet “ATA,” Lt. Cmdr. Costello released a vicious stream of “numbers with context.” (This was, of course, […]


Researchers seek truckers for workshop on economic impact of autonomous trucks

Truckers have been hearing a lot of chatter about autonomous vehicles the past several years. Drivers now have the opportunity to contribute to that conversation. The National Science Foundation and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are seeking truck drivers and other autonomous truck stakeholders for a workshop on June 28-29 in Alexandria, Va. The Effect […]


Missouri measures continue pursuit of road funding mechanisms

Efforts at the Missouri statehouse continue to move forward to help address the state’s $825 million gap in annual road and bridge funding. A 23-member task force of state officials and private citizens released transportation funding recommendations to the General Assembly early this year. Among the recommendations is a fuel tax increase. Specifically, the group […]


Mississippi CDL examiner pleads guilty to accepting cash for passed test scores

Law enforcement officials have busted another CDL examiner for handing out falsified skills test score sheets in exchange for cash. The latest case involves a Mississippi examiner, who has pleaded guilty to charges. According to the federal indictment, Andre Cooper issued a false CDL skills test score sheet to an applicant on April 29, 2016. […]


Truck NAFTA freight experienced a boost in February

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in February trucks moved more than 63 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. Three of five modes experienced an increase in freight year to year. The value of freight hauled across the borders dropped 2.8 […]


OOIDA issues Call to Action opposing amendment threatening truck driver pay

Once again, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., is trying to get an amendment snuck into a larger bill package that threatens truck driver pay. Backed by the American Trucking Associations, Denham has introduced an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, HR4. The amendment would pre-empt any state laws that address compensation and benefits for […]

Crime & Courts, News

Former Texas DPS officer sentenced to imprisonment for inspection bribes

A former Texas state trooper was sentenced at a Dallas district court for his role in accepting bribes for favorable Level 1 safety inspections, federal court documents reveal. A trucking company owner who offered the bribe is awaiting sentencing. According to court documents, from July 2014 to September 2015, Orlinte Cruz, owner of Cruz and […]


FMCSA seeks comments on ELD exemption request for fireworks haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is now accepting comments on a request from the trade group representing the U.S. fireworks industry for an exemption to the ELD mandate. FMCSA announced in Tuesday’s edition of the Federal Register that it will seek public comments as it considers an exemption request from fireworks haulers, who seek […]