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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.

Elections, News, State

ELECTION 2018 Georgia voters decide on sales tax questions for transportation

Voters throughout the state of Georgia last week decided if they want to tax themselves to pay for transportation improvements. Ballots in two regions in the state had different outcomes on the issue. By a 53-47 percent margin, South Georgia voters approved a question to collect a 1 percent transportation special purpose local option sales […]

Analysis, News

CVSA’s Roadcheck, June 5-7, to focus on hours of service enforcement

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance says this year’s International Roadcheck enforcement blitz will focus on hours-of-service compliance. CVSA’s International Roadcheck is scheduled for June 5-7. Over that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. “The top reason drivers were placed out of […]

News

Land Line Now to offer full broadcast online, via podcasts starting June 6

Did you miss a part of Land Line Now’s radio show on Sirius XM channel 146 because you had to take care of business? Or maybe you don’t have satellite radio at all and want to hear the broadcast. Land Line Now has you covered by offering each day’s full broadcast on its website and via podcast. Beginning […]

News, State, Tolls

Alliance of D.C.-area CEOs release report urging ‘performance-driven’ tolling

Inrix’s Global Traffic Scorecard ranks Washington, D.C., as the sixth most congested city in the nation. A group of CEOs in the capital region, which consists of D.C., Maryland and Virginia, have a solution: performance-driven tolling. The Greater Washington Partnership, an alliance of CEOs in the capital region, recently released a proposal to solve the area’s congestion […]

News

FMCSA suspends HOS regs for motor carriers providing relief from Subtropical Storm Alberto

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an emergency declaration that temporarily suspends hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers engaged in specific aspects of the emergency relief effort for Subtropical Storm Alberto. On May 27, FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez directed the regional emergency declaration be issued for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. The declaration […]

Driver Fitness, Federal, News

In spite of study, no regulation on commute times on the horizon

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inches closer to studying excessive commute times by truck drivers, agency officials are making it clear that no regulation restricting commute times is in the works. In a May 24 notice posted on the Federal Register, FMCSA officials are seeking a second round of comments on the congressionally […]

News, State, Tolls

Pennsylvania bills pursue bridge commission reforms

A package of bills in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives are intended to clear up inconsistencies in laws governing operation of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The agency maintains and operates seven toll bridges and 13 free bridges connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The commission is made up of 10 commissioners, with five […]

Driver Fitness, News

Lawmaker criticizes FMCSA for not including behind-the-wheel hours in driver training rule

As part of a House Transportation Committee hearing on May 22, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Horton, D-D.C., criticized the FMCSA for not including a minimum number of driving hours into its entry-level driver training rule that was issued in 2016. “In 2016, the FMCSA did issue a new rule based on recommendations of negotiated rulemaking,” Norton said. “And negotiated rulemaking […]

News

For Memorial Day Weekend, The Spirit heads to Knoxville, Tenn.

Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA tour trailer The Spirit of the American Trucker, and his canine co-pilot Sassi, plan to spend Memorial Day Weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. They will be camping out at the Petro truck stop on Exit 369 from Interstates 40 and 75, the Watt Road exit. The stop before Knoxville was in […]

Opinion

Hats off to the real-life time travelers, also known as ‘long-haul truckers.’

Time travel is real. Eastern Standard Time is the slot I was born and raised in. I was 5 years old the first time my family traveled beyond the boundaries of EST. I couldn’t tell time very well when I was 5, and I still can’t tell time when I’m out of my regular zone. […]