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South Carolina bill intended to deter left-lane lollygaggers

If one South Carolina state lawmaker gets his way, slowpokes hanging out in the far left-hand lane of highways in the state would pay more for their indiscretion. South Carolina law already requires any vehicle moving at less than the normal speed of traffic to stay to the right. Exceptions to the lane rule are […]

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Tax reform and trucking

The tax reform bill that Congress voted to approve Dec. 20, contains numerous changes that will affect individuals, as well as businesses large and small. The question everyone has is, “How does tax reform help me?” The bill will be effective for the 2018 tax year and beyond. That means most taxpayers will not see […]

Features, OOIDA Member

OOIDA President, CEO Jim Johnston dies at the age of 78

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced today that Jim Johnston, its resilient leader whose enduring vision secured a position on the frontlines for truckers’ rights for more than four decades, died Monday, Jan. 8. Johnston served as OOIDA president and chief executive officer since 1975. “Jim loved every minute he spent behind the wheel as […]

Crime & Courts, News

Former Swift employee embezzled more than $1.6M from trucking company

A former employee of Swift Transportation has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion after he embezzled more than $1.6 million from the mega carrier, according to federal court documents. David Dwight Reynolds, 29, of Glendale, Ariz., was hired by Swift in April 2013 as an information technology network engineer. Part […]

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Clock is ticking to pay annual UCR fees

The fees for the Unified Carrier Registration System are finalized, and collection has begun. Members of the UCR board were notified late Friday, Dec. 29, that the agency had submitted a direct final rule to the Office of the Federal Register to be published as soon as possible. The notice published on the Federal Register […]

News, Tolls

Pennsylvania’s 10th annual toll increase begins on Jan. 7

With a new year comes new beginnings –and new Pennsylvania toll rates. The 10th annual toll increase in the Keystone State goes into effect on Jan. 7. The 6 percent toll increase affects E-ZPass and cash customers. Common toll for Class 5 vehicles will go up from $10.17 to $10.78 for E-ZPass users and $14.45 […]

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Trucking jobs decrease in December; up more than 10,000 for the year

Transportation jobs overall scored an 11th consecutive month of job gains in December, albeit a small one. The transport sector netted 1,800 jobs to the economy. However, trucking jobs went down moderately after a small increase in November. For the year, the trucking subsector had a net gain of 10,400 jobs in 2017. The truck […]

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FMCSA: CME website was hacked, but info wasn’t exposed

The FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website was hacked on Dec. 1, the agency told Land Line on Friday, Jan. 5. “On Dec. 1, 2017, the Department of Transportation experienced an unanticipated system outage of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners,” the FMCSA said in an email to Land Line. “The department determined from its […]

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Five states pursue snow-free vehicle mandates

In the wake of this week’s snow event and the onset of freezing temperatures along the East Coast, officials in multiple states could soon take up for consideration efforts to address concerns about snow and ice removal from atop cars and trucks. OOIDA and countless truck drivers are opposed to rules that permit police to […]

Crime & Courts, News

Driver declared ‘imminent hazard’ for two wrecks, positive drug test

A Montana-licensed commercial truck driver has been declared an imminent hazard by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The declaration was made after he tested positive for a Schedule 1 controlled substance and was involved in two wrecks in 2017. Robert Schefflmaer on Oct. 18 was pulling a tank-trailer transporting hazardous material on Interstate 80 […]