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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.

Business, Equipment

Peterbilt introduces the new mega sleeper

Welcome to the Peterbilt 579 UltraLoft Sleeper. It’s not just big – it’s an 80-inch integrated mega sleeper that offers plenty of headroom along with additional storage space. With a focus on the features and amenities drivers have been looking for, it’s sure to light you up. Thanks to input from Peterbilt customers, drivers, owner-operators […]

Crime & Courts, News

New Mexico appellate court affirms record-breaking $165M award for FedEx crash victims

An appellate court in New Mexico has affirmed an enormous jury award for the family of a mother and daughter killed in a crash involving a FedEx driver. The $165 million award is the largest ever in New Mexico. On Feb. 6, the Court of Appeals of New Mexico filed an opinion on a district […]

Features, Products & Services

Book report: Trucking authors pen books on a variety of topics

Spending hours on the highway and at truck stops across the nation gives a person plenty of time to think. Some OOIDA members and other truckers put those thoughts to paper. Some of the books are about trucking, while others include such topics as the Cold War and overcoming an abusive childhood. Here’s a quick […]

News

More states put forth bills asking feds for ELD relief

More statehouses are offering legislation aimed to ask federal authorities to provide truckers relief from the ELD mandate or to limit funding for its enforcement. Proposals in the legislatures of Alabama, Missouri, Idaho and Wyoming have been put forth this week. Fifteen bipartisan members of Alabama’s House of Representatives are co-sponsoring a resolution offered by Rep. Johnny […]

Crime & Courts, News

Jury finds three of four ex-Pilot Flying J employees guilty in fuel rebate scam

A Tennessee jury has returned guilty verdicts for three of the four former Pilot Flying J employees on trial for fraud and conspiracy, including former Pilot president Mark Hazelwood. Three other former Pilot Flying J employees were on trial as well, including former vice president of national sales Scott Wombold, and regional saleswomen Heather Jones […]

News, Tolls

Connecticut governor looks to fuel taxes, tolls to fund transportation

Tolls and other taxes are among the options touted by Connecticut’s governor to help the state address transportation needs. Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to make adjustments to the current two-year state budget. His recently unveiled proposal includes increasing fuel taxes and tolls. It also includes a new tax on tires. The Democratic governor has warned […]

Fuel prices, News

President Trump entertains idea of 25-cent fuel tax increase

Shortly after releasing his infrastructure plan, President Trump held a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss details. According to one senator at the meeting, Trump threw out the idea of increasing fuel taxes by 25 cents, the same proposal made by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., acknowledged that Trump had […]

News

Comments now open on ELD exemption request from National Electrical Contractors Association

An exemption request from the electronic logging device mandate asks to allow electrical contractors who drive utility-service commercial vehicles to record their duty status changes with paper logs is now open for public comment. The National Electrical Contractors Association, a Washington, D.C.-based group advocating on behalf of its membership, has requested the exemption. The Federal […]

News

Freight index continues streak of setting new record high

The Transportation Services Index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, shows freight transportation reaching another all-time high in December, including a modest increase in trucking. Trucking freight jumped forward for a sixth consecutive month, increasing from 148.3 to 149, an increase of less than 1 percent. Numbers from the American Trucking Associations reveal […]

News, Tolls

Maine bill calls for all-electronic tolls on turnpike

A Maine bill calls for directing the Maine Turnpike Authority to install and implement an all-electronic tolling, or AET, system for any new or rebuilt toll facilities. The Turnpike Authority is planning to build a new toll facility in the town of York. The cost to replace the existing toll facility at the turnpike’s southern […]