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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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The Spirit has a weekend in Louisiana in front of her

Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s The Spirit of the American Trucker tour truck, has been looking forward to a weekend in Louisiana, and this weekend that wish comes true. The Spirit has left the TA truck stop in Lafayette, La., for the Petro truck stop in Hammond, La. The Hammond Petro is just off I-12 […]

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DAT Solutions: Load volumes rise – are rates next?

The number of load posts on DAT MembersEdge surged 7.6 percent during the week ending March 3 as freight and rates appear poised for a spring revival. More freight and a 2 percent dip in the number of posted trucks didn’t move van or reefer rates higher but they did boost load-to-truck ratios for all […]

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Round 7 of NAFTA talks makes little progress; Trump uses tariffs as leverage

Round 7 of negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded in Mexico City this week, resulting in a few steps forward and a few steps back. Discussions were derailed after President Donald Trump announced tariffs on steel and aluminum, putting the fate of NAFTA back in limbo. With negotiations taking place behind […]

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How to find a CME while the national registry site is down

For more than three months now, the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website has been down. The agency’s website went down after a security breach on Dec. 1 and didn’t regain its functionality until Dec. 14. However, the site stopped working again on the afternoon of Dec. 15 and still wasn’t fully operational as of […]

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States pursue new rules on use of license plate readers

The practice of tracking drivers’ movements through automatic license plate readers, or ALPRs, continues to draw the attention of state officials around the country. The devices are mounted on police vehicles, road signs or traffic lights. High-tech cameras that capture the date, time and location of vehicles are used in some capacity by about 600 […]

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Fuel-efficient prototype ‘StarShip’ hits the road in May

Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co. have designed and built a fuel-efficient Class 8 truck that they call the “StarShip Project,” and they plan to give it a road test in May. The StarShip Project uses available technology to minimize the energy required to transport cargo. The holistic approach includes aerodynamic design, advanced engine and […]

News, Truck Shows

Meals at MATS can help support the St. Christopher Fund

Grabbing breakfast or dinner at the Mid-America Trucking Show not only can be tasty and convenient, but it also can help support the St. Christopher Fund. The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund helps semi-truck drivers and their families who have financial needs because of current medical problems. MATS is scheduled for March 22-24 in the Kentucky Exposition […]

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Fuel and sales taxes among road funding options explored in seven states

As the feds continue to discuss an infrastructure plan released last month by the Trump administration to allocate at least $200 billion over the next decade to benefit road and bridge work throughout the nation, state lawmakers are pursuing efforts to raise revenue on their own via fuel tax and sales tax increases – among […]

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Secretary Elaine Chao ‘very sympathetic’ to ELD issue

Among the many topics discussed during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the White House’s infrastructure proposal with Secretary Elaine Chao, several lawmakers brought up the ELD mandate. Chao’s response to calls by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, to look into more flexible hours-of-service regulations can be described as neutral at best. Chao testified […]

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Peterbilt offers OOIDA members a rebate on sleepers

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members are eligible for a $1,500 cash rebate from Peterbilt Motors Co. on Models 579, 567 and 389 when spec’d with a sleeper. Members must be in good standing with OOIDA or Landstar for a minimum of 90 days prior to delivery. Rebate checks will be mailed directly to the customer […]