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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, State

The Spirit drives deeper into Ohio to North Baltimore for the weekend

With a stop in North Baltimore, Ohio, OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, The Spirit of the American Trucker, makes its third stop of a four-town tour of Ohio. Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit, plans to be at the North Baltimore Petro Stopping Center until Aug. 6. It is off I-75 at Exit 167. After he leaves […]

News

DAT SOLUTIONS: Spot rates recede but stay at historic highs

Spot truckload rates on MembersEdge declined again during the week ending July 28 as the overall number of loads posted fell 4.2 percent and capacity increased 0.5 percent. But rates are still firm. Van: $2.30 per mile, down 3 cents Reefer: $2.62 per mile, down 3 cents Flatbed: $2.78 per mile, down 1 cent In […]

News, Safety & Security

Kansas Supreme Court rules officers cannot use owner-is-driver presumption

A recent ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court could cause problems with how law enforcement chooses to pull motorists over. The court unanimously decided that a police officer automatically presuming that the owner is the driver behind the wheel goes against Fourth Amendment protections, the same presumption that red light and speed cameras rely on. […]

News, Truck Shows

Guilty By Association Truck Show announces new biennial schedule

The Guilty By Association Truck Show celebrates its 10th anniversary Sept. 27-29 in Joplin, Mo. After this year, organizers plan to make it a biennial event. The event is presented by 4 State Trucks, Joplin. “Our GBATS vision is most definitely to ‘keep the show growing’ and get better and better each and every event […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Pennsylvania House panel OKs bridge commission reforms

A piece of legislation at the Pennsylvania statehouse is intended to clear up inconsistencies in laws governing operation of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The agency maintains and operates seven toll bridges and 13 free bridges connecting New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The DRJTBC is made up of 10 commissioners with five from each […]

News

Transport sector experiences first monthly job loss since January 2017

Transportation jobs experienced a net decline in July, the first decrease since January 2017. The transport sector lost more than 1,000 jobs, due largely to a significant decrease in transit/ground passenger transport jobs. However, trucking jobs experienced an increase. The truck transportation subsector experienced an increase of 4,400 jobs in July after the industry gained […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Speed camera pursuit in Pennsylvania drags on

The pursuit of authorization for speed enforcement cameras in Pennsylvania will continue into the fall. Both chambers of the statehouse have approved differing versions of the speed cameras bill as far back as 13 months ago. Most recently, Senate lawmakers voted 44-4 to advance the bill after making another change. The House was unable to […]

News, Safety & Security

Study suggests no evidence that red-light cameras reduce crashes

Hundreds of communities across the nation employing red-light cameras may want to reconsider. Two researchers released a study that suggests there is no evidence that the cameras reduce total crashes or injuries. In fact, cameras possibly lead to an increase in rear-end crashes, the study findings state. Justin Gallagher, an assistant professor of economics at […]

Features

Top Gun Large Car Shoot Out to carry on after founder’s passing

Despite long-term illness, Top Gun Large Car Shoot Out organizer and senior OOIDA member Tom Reitz did not disappoint his fellow truckers and devoted 2018 truck show attendees. I spoke with Tom a couple weeks before the show. He was in the hospital again with pneumonia. But he didn’t want to talk about being sick. […]

News, Safety & Security

FMCSA issues emergency declaration for California, Oregon and Washington

Wildfires continue to ravage the West Coast, causing evacuations and road closures. As of Wednesday, Aug. 1, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Western Service Center has issued a regional emergency declaration in California, Oregon and Washington, exempting certain drivers from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Commercial motor vehicle […]