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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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Nebraska, other states pursue speed limit changes

A deal is near completion in Nebraska to change posted speeds on many highways. State legislators in the state are not alone in their pursuit this year to enact speed changes. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says roadways are safest when all vehicles are permitted to travel at the same rate of speed. Legislators in […]

Crime & Courts, News

Massachusetts judge dismisses $1.2 million lawsuit that claimed trucker was misclassified

A federal judge Massachusetts dismissed a $1.2 million lawsuit from a truck driver who claimed he was misclassified as an independent contractor, saying the trucker didn’t provide services as an “individual.” U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns granted the defendants Big E Transportation and Estes Express Lines summary judgment on April 12. GCC Moving and truck […]

News, OOIDA

So long, Florida; The Spirit is headed for Alabama

For the next stop for OOIDA’s tour trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, skipper Jon Osburn leaves Vero Beach, Fla., behind and heads some 700 miles northwest to Dodge City, Ala. The Spirit is scheduled to be at the Dodge City Petro from Sunday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 17. The Dodge City Petro […]

News, OOIDA

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, OOIDA spar in court filings over emergency injunction

One week after the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association asked the court to immediately stop the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission from transferring any money for purposes not related to the turnpike while its case is pending, the Turnpike Commission filed opposition to that motion. The commission questions the timing of OOIDA’s lawsuit and request for preliminary injunction. […]

News

Missing Truck Driver Alert Network enlists help of many in searches

The Missing Truck Driver Alert Network uses its reach in the professional trucking community via social media to help family and friends locate a truck driver who is missing. The service began in February 2012. Kari Fisher, wife of driver Lee Fisher, an OOIDA member, founded the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network. They can be […]

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Rhode Island truck company owners indicted for falsifying inspection reports

A Rhode Island couple was indicted Tuesday after investigators said the pair coerced drivers of their two trucking companies to falsify daily vehicle inspection reports. The married couple have been charged with seven counts of false statements. Leslie and Robert Cucino were indicted on April 11. The couple owned CDE Corp., established in 2009, and […]

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Confederate Railroad set to play at GBATS

A schedule of events for the 2018 Guilty By Association Truck Show has already been released, and a country band that registered multiple hits in the 1990s will be featured. Confederate Railroad, which is known for such popular tunes as “Queen of Memphis,” “Trashy Women” and “Daddy Never was the Cadillac Kind,” are scheduled to […]

Opinion

Bogus bonuses?

Sign-on bonuses are a better deal for carriers than they are for drivers. Hey, I’m not saying a sign-on bonus isn’t money in your pocket – if you qualify. But sign-on bonuses are unfair to drivers already working for the company, and worse, they help carriers avoid what they should be doing – raising real […]

News, Safety & Security

Indiana law permits free carbon monoxide tests for vehicles

Indiana vehicle owners will soon be able to stop at fire departments to have their vehicles tested for carbon monoxide. A 2012 Land Line online survey found that fewer than 20 percent of respondents said they keep a carbon monoxide detector in their cab. More recently, police agencies around the country have alleged that Ford Explorers used […]

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Myth busting: HOS reform legislation explained

As with almost anything related to hours of service, confusion is running rampant over Rep. Brian Babin’s attempt to initiate reform of the hours-of-service regulations. The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers (REST) Act, HR5417, would allow truckers to pause the 14-hour on-duty clock for a single period of up to three hours, provided the […]