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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.

Federal, News

Senate Democrats’ infrastructure plan uses ‘tax giveaways for the wealthy’

Unimpressed with both the tax reform and the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, Senate Democrats have released their own infrastructure plan that solves both problems. The plan claims to invest more than $1 trillion in direct federal funds and add 15 million jobs by reversing some provisions in the recent tax reform that affects the […]


Survey reveals issues with brokering heavy hauls, highlights advantage of online marketplace

More truckers are turning to technology to find loads, but the difficulty and financial burden of obtaining permits remains an issue. Online freight marketplaces like Fr8Star believe they can alleviate some of that burden and earn heavy haulers more money. FR8Star and Comdata back up that claim with a recent survey with heavy haul freight […]


The Spirit heads north, to Jackson, Miss.

With Hammond, La., in the rear-view mirror, Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s The Spirit of the American Trucker tour truck, is headed to Jackson, Miss. He plans to set up shop at the Jackson Petro at Exit 45 on I-20/I-55. He and The Spirit are scheduled to be there through Wednesday, March 14. In Louisiana, […]


Racing to park as the ELD clock ticks

Maybe it’s a straw in the wind, or maybe a dead canary in the coal mine. Pick your cliché for a bad omen. We may have one here in the truckload world. It seems some truckers are driving too fast – often in truck stop lots. Jon Osburn sees it from OOIDA’s Spirit in truck […]


ATRI conducts survey to assess impact of e-commerce on trucking industry

The American Transportation Research Institute is requesting information from motor carriers to assess the impact of e-commerce on the trucking industry. ATRI created an online questionnaire to learn how the emergence of e-commerce has changed industry business models and operations. The questionnaire asks the number and percentage of a truck fleet’s trips were involved in e-commerce and […]


Port truck drivers march in protest of working conditions

On March 8, drivers and warehouse workers joined a civil rights march from the Port of Long Beach to the Port of Los Angeles.  (Photo courtesy of Our People Our Port)   Port truck drivers and warehouse workers joined civil rights activists in a march from the Port of Long Beach to the Port of […]


Trucking industry experiences significant job increase

For the 13th consecutive month, transportation jobs overall scored gains in February. The transport sector netted more than 15,000 jobs to the economy. Trucking jobs also went up after modest gains in January. The truck transportation subsector experienced an increase of 5,600 jobs in February after the industry gained 2,200 in January and lost 600 […]

Fuel prices, News

Infrastructure stakeholders push for fuel tax increase during Congressional hearing

Five stakeholders provided testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on long-term highway funding on Wednesday. Despite the diversity of the witness panel, they all agreed on one obvious solution to replenish the Highway Trust Fund: increasing the federal fuel tax. During opening statements, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., said as early as the spring […]


Iowa nears new law to combat ‘skimming’ at fuel pumps

The Iowa Legislature has approved a bill intended to deter payment card “skimming” at fuel pumps. The devices are attached to external fuel pump payment card readers and ATMs. The small devices, or “skimmers,” can be installed within seconds. They are designed to steal and store debit and credit card data. The data can then […]


Transition Trucking winner fulfills childhood dream by driving a truck

Gregg Softy’s fascination with big trucks started at an early age. “I remember getting a big truck for Christmas when I was 4 years old,” he said. Softy’s fascination didn’t end there. As a passenger in his family vehicle, he made a game out of guessing how many trucks he could spot on the trip. […]