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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, State, Tolls

Several statehouses consider tolls for transportation funding

As state legislators throughout the country prepare to get back to work after the first of the year, transportation funding is again expected to be a hot topic at many statehouses. One option already getting a lot of attention in the lead-up to the new year is tolls. Connecticut is the lone New England state […]

News, OOIDA

The Spirit pulls up next to the Great Salt Lake for its next stop

OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer is scheduled to stop Dec 5-7at a TA truck stop west of Salt Lake City Jon Osburn, skipper of the Spirit of the American Trucker, plans to pull into the TA Travel Center in Tooele, Utah. It is at Exit 99 from I-80. Tooele lies west of Salt Lake City, with a […]

Fuel prices, News

Diesel fuel prices drop again, this time by 5 cents per gallon

The average price per gallon for a diesel fuel dropped a nickel on Monday, Dec. 3, compared to the Monday before, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. This is the sixth consecutive week of average price drops. Average prices dropped in every region. In Gulf Coast states, a 4.6 cent decrease pulled the average […]

News

Portland, Ore., council votes not to increase heavy vehicle use tax

After stakeholders voiced concern over a potential increase in the heavy vehicle use tax in Portland, Ore., the city council voted to keep rates where they are – for now. In a 3-1 vote in favor of not increasing the HVUT tax, truckers operating in Portland, Ore., will get some reprieve. They faced the possibility […]

News

Michigan nears rule changes to accommodate truck platoons

Work continues in statehouses on the topic of driver-assistive truck platooning technology. The concept uses a lead truck to control the speed and braking of following trucks. Advocates say truck platooning will save fuel due to reduced aerodynamic drag, lessen traffic congestion, and improve highway safety. Some supporters acknowledge it will work best on relatively […]

Crime & Courts, News

Port drivers file wage claims against Cal Cartage Express

Port truck drivers for California Cartage Transportation Express filed claims for minimum wage violations last week with the Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards. The claims allege that Cal Cartage Express, which operates out of various locations on the Eastern seaboard and in Southern California, fails to pay Los Angeles’ minimum wage of $13.25 per […]

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 […]