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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.

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FMCSA says investigation shows no personal information exposed during website hack

An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Security Operations Center determined there is “conclusive evidence” that no personal information was exposed when the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website was hacked on Dec. 1. “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is ensuring the stability of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website, […]

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Tennessee ‘defunds’ ELD enforcement on ag haulers operating under federal waiver

With a swipe of the pen, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law on April 18 that strips enforcement funding of the electronic logging mandate for in-state agriculture operations – that are currently exempt from enforcement thanks to a federal waiver. The new law does not change the status quo. The new law, originally […]

Crime & Courts, News

Trucker in deadly 2017 smuggling case receives life sentences

A federal judge is ordering a Kentucky trucker to spend the rest of his life in prison for the driver’s role in transporting dozens of undocumented immigrants who died in a horrific tractor-trailer ride from Laredo, Texas, to San Antonio. James M. Bradley Jr., 61, received two life sentences without parole after pleading guilty to […]

Opinion

Government research should study inefficiencies of government research

Recently, the Transportation Research Board’s Truck Size and Weight Limits Research Plan Committee released a report with an equally long-winded name, “First Report: Candidate Research Topics; Framework for Setting Priorities.” It is one of many government research papers on the topic. This report is in response to a study that concluded there needs to be […]

News

CARB fines two mega carriers for noncompliance By Land Line staff | 4/20/2018

Two mega carriers, Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems, have been fined by the California Air Resources Board for not complying with the Golden State’s Truck and Bus Regulation, according to a news release. One company was fined six figures. According to CARB, Marten was fined $100,000 for not verifying that all of its trucks […]

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Nebraska approves higher speed limits; other states consider changes

A new law in Nebraska could result in changes to posted speeds on many highways. The state is not alone in its pursuit this year to enact speed changes. Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a bill into law on Wednesday, April 18, to increase vehicle speeds from 65 mph to 70 mph on four-lane expressways. Two-lane […]

Crime & Courts, News

Caterpillar defect and lawsuit was ‘a hell of a nightmare’ for truckers

Thousands of drivers who bought a truck with a defective Caterpillar engine received a smaller portion of the $60 million settlement after a major error in a class action lawsuit settlement calculation. In the aftermath, some truckers shared their stories about how the defect went beyond repair costs. Of the thousands of claims submitted, many came […]

News

Award aims to honor new drivers with military background

By the end of the year, a truck driver who has recently transitioned from the military will be holding the keys of a new Kenworth T680. Nominations are being sought for the third annual Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence Award, which goes to the top rookie military veteran driver. Each year, the winner receives a new […]

Fuel prices, News

Utah voters to weigh in on increasing fuel tax for education use

Fresh off the heels of expanding authority to collect tolls on any state roadway, Utah lawmakers have authorized a ballot question to ask voters whether to increase fuel taxes. The state now collects 29.4 cents per gallon on fuel purchases to help cover transportation costs. A portion of revenue from the state’s general fund – […]

News, Tolls

Texas DOT forgives more than $1B in toll late fees

The Texas Department of Transportation will dismiss approximately $1.3 billion in toll late fees for approximately 2.2 million motorists, according to the department. On Wednesday, representatives from the Texas DOT told the state House Transportation Committee about the waiver and how the department plans to move forward with toll collection. Motorists in Texas racked up […]