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Featured: Coronavirus, News

A coronavirus timeline: How we got here

Land Line Media provides a timeline of the events related to the coronavirus dating back to Dec. 31, when the first reports came out of China.

News, OOIDA

OOIDA recognizes drivers for safe driving records

OOIDA recently announced honorees in the Association’s Safe Driving Award program. The following drivers have been recognized by the Association for truck driving excellence. John C. Taylor of Cross Junction, Va., has been recognized for 68 years of safe, accident-free driving. Kevin Kocmich of Litchfield, Minn., has been recognized for 27 years of safe, accident-free […]

News, State, Tolls

Florida DOT holds SunPass contractor accountable for ‘significant inconvenience’

Motorists in Florida who drive on the SunPass tolling system have probably noticed some issues over the past month as it converts to the new Combined Customer Service Center. As the Florida Department of Transportation continues to fix problems, the department is holding the contractor accountable. As of July 3, of the approximately 90 million […]

Driver Fitness, News

FMCSA announces pilot program for 18-year-old drivers with military experience

The Department of Transportation is set to launch a pilot program that will allow military veterans and reservists who are 18-20 years old to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. A 60-day notice of the pilot program was released on Thursday, July 5, and was scheduled to be officially published in the Federal Register on July 6. […]

Features, OOIDA Member

Giving Back is what drives Citizen Driver Ingrid Brown

When wildfires devastated Oklahoma ranchers in 2017, Ingrid Brown was there to help. Brown, an owner-operator and OOIDA member from Mountain City, Tenn., was part of a relief convoy transporting hay and other supplies to folks who had lost everything. But she says what stuck with her most from that experience weren’t the scenes of […]

Federal, News, OOIDA

FMCSA denies OOIDA ELD exemption request

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has rejected a request for exemption from the electronic logging mandate requested by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association submitted the exemption request in November 2017. The agency notified OOIDA of the denial on Monday, July 2. The agency denied the exemption claiming most of […]

News

Canadian town to require daily or annual permits for access to roads

Trucks will require a permit to operate in the town of Fox Creek in Alberta, Canada. The town’s revised road use agreement will go into effect Aug. 1. Fees range from $35 daily permit to operate off a heavy vehicle route to a $5,000 annual fee for small fleets. Beginning Aug. 1, truckers will need […]

Elections, News

ELECTION 2018: It’s official: California voters will decide on vehicle tax and fee increase repeal

Voters in California this fall will get the final word on whether they want to keep vehicle tax and fee increases imposed a year ago. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a year ago a 10-year, $52 billion transportation funding deal to benefit state and local roads, trade corridors, and public transit. Senate Bill 1 […]

News, State, Tolls

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approves 11th consecutive toll increase

For the 11th consecutive year, Pennsylvania motorists will be asked to pay more in tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. On Tuesday, July 3, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced a 6 percent toll increase to go into effect on Jan. 6, 2019. According to a news release, the 6 percent increase will apply to both E-ZPass […]

Fuel prices, News

Despite higher fuel prices, AAA expects record-breaking number of holiday travelers

For the third consecutive year, AAA is predicting a record-breaking number of travelers during the Independence Day holiday. Approximately 47 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from Tuesday, July 3, to Sunday, July 8, the vast majority of which will be hitting the roads. Since it began tracking holiday travel 18 […]

News, OOIDA

OOIDA’s president says the problem is driver retention, not shortage

For the third time in the past few months, OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer told the viewers of the Fox Business show Varney & Co. that the trucking industry’s perceived driver shortage is a myth. During a segment with guest host Charles Payne on Tuesday, July 3, Spencer said the real problem has more to do […]