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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, Safety & Security

‘Minibus’ includes ELD, split sleeper berth related provisions

Livestock haulers subject to electronic logging devices and truckers who would like increased flexibility with the split sleeper berth provision will be happy to know changes could be on the way thanks to a “minibus” appropriations bill passed in the Senate on Wednesday, Aug. 1. Every year Congress is tasked with passing 12 appropriations bills […]

News, Safety & Security

Groendyke petitions for pulsating brake lamps on trailers

In an effort to get the attention of drivers behind a stopped or slowing trailer, Groendyke Transport has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow the addition of a pulsating brake lamp to the rear of its trailers. FMCSA published a notice on Monday, July 30, stating it would accept comments on Groendyke […]

News

Federal grand jury indicts 12 in moving company racketeering case

Authorities have arrested five individuals charged in federal court with conspiracy in a racketeering enterprise intended to defraud consumers who used the group’s moving companies. A federal grand jury returned racketeering charges against 12 people total in the conspiracy, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. […]

Opinion

The ELD Effect on Transit Times, Driver Pay, & More

Have ELDs rocketed the blazing truckload market into low-earth orbit? Maybe not all by themselves, but they’ve had an undeniable impact on freight transportation. First, let’s be clear. Many analysts claim any effect is due to drivers no longer able to “cheat” on paper logs. Sure, that’s true in some cases, but more often it’s […]

News, Safety & Security

Uber stops development of self-driving truck program

Uber will shift its focus away from self-driving trucks, the company announced this week. “We’ve decided to stop development on our self-driving truck program and move forward exclusively with cars,” Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber Advanced Technologies Group, said in a statement. An Uber spokeswoman added that Uber Freight is “unaffected by this decision and […]

News

CVSA plans rear impact guard study in August

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is announcing plans to collect data on rear impact guards, also known as underride guards, on trailers and semi-trailers in the United States. During the week of Aug. 27-31, each state’s commercial motor vehicle law enforcement department may select one day of that week to capture data on rear impact […]

News, State

California bill would tap highway message signs for road revenue

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law one year ago a 10-year, $52 billion transportation funding deal to benefit state and local roads, trade corridors, and public transit. The governor has said the tax and fee increases are necessary to address a $130 billion backlog in deferred road maintenance. As of Nov. 1, 2017, the new […]

News, State

New York lawmakers urge governor to end ‘I Love NY’ sign feud with FHWA

A years-long battle between the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration over tourism signs along highways has some state lawmakers saying enough is enough. Six state representatives recently sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo urging him to explain what steps have been taken to prevent the loss of $14 […]

News

Pursuit of time changes approved in two states

Actions taken at statehouses along the western and eastern seaboards seek to permit states to decide for themselves how to set their clocks. California ballot question Voters in California will decide this fall whether they are interested in abandoning the state’s observance of time changes. Specifically, a ballot question will ask voters to consider eliminating […]

News, State, Truck Parking

The Spirit rolls into Wapakoneta, Ohio, birthplace of Astronaut Neil Armstrong

The second of four stops in Ohio brings The Spirit of the American Trucker, OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, to Wapakoneta. Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit, plans to be at the Wapakoneta TA travel centers through Aug. 3. After he leaves Wapakoneta, he plans to be at these stops: Aug. 4-6 at the North Baltimore, Ohio, […]