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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.

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Officials in seven states single out trucks, other traffic in left lanes

Lane use is a seemingly always evolving issue from state to state. The trend continues in the opening weeks of 2018. Only a handful of months after enacting a new rule for left lane use, multiple Oklahoma state lawmakers are looking to make revisions to the rule. Elected officials want to further discourage drivers from hanging out […]

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U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County, Calif., reopens after two-week closure

Approximately two weeks after heavy winter rains caused flooding and mudslides near Montecito, Calif., the U.S. Route 101 highway has reopened. Detours during the shutdown added hours to trips by automobile, forcing some travelers within the state to use Amtrak. According to Santa Barbara County officials, the winter storm caused 21 fatalities, 28 injuries and […]

Fuel prices, News

Higher East Coast diesel prices balance West Coast decreases

Two indexes show diesel prices on average across the U.S. remaining nearly unchanged, though prices on the East Coast have increased and prices on the West Coast have decreased. Prices in New England states rose the most, 2.2 cents per gallon to $3.136, according to the EIA. Prices in West Coast states except California decreased […]

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Legal or not, marijuana use is not allowed for truckers

Eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. More than 20 other states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. So does this mean that commercial motor vehicle drivers can partake? The answer is pretty straightforward. No. “Marijuana, including a mixture or preparation containing marijuana, continues to be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance […]

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FMCSA posts waivers for some ELD exemptions, extends comment period for others

While the clock continues to tick down on the public’s opportunity to comment on some ELD exemption requests, federal regulators have added more time for the public to weigh in on other matters related to last month’s mandate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it would grant an additional 30 days for public comments […]

Fuel prices, News

What’s in store for oil and diesel prices in 2018?

On Monday, Jan. 15, average diesel prices hit above $3 for the first time in three years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s numbers. Is this indicative of what is in store for 2018, or can drivers expect diesel prices to stabilize or drop below the $3 benchmark? Past and present As of Jan. […]

News, Safety & Security

Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana team up to prevent human trafficking

Next week, officers with the Michigan State Police, Ohio State Patrol, Illinois State Police, and Indiana State Police will work to increase awareness about human trafficking. From Jan. 22-26, those four states will team with Truckers Against Trafficking to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking. “The Indiana State Police has been working with […]

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Mary Johnston Scholarship applications must be postmarked by Feb. 1

Time is running out for high school seniors to apply for an OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship. Scholarship application and all required materials must be postmarked by Feb. 1. Each year, the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund awards one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships. The students, who must be children, grandchildren or legal dependents of […]

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OOIDA opposes Ohio CDL training bills meant to ‘churn out’ new drivers

Efforts remain active at the Ohio statehouse to benefit motor carriers wanting to bring more drivers into the trucking industry. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is opposed to the legislation. The House Finance Committee previously voted by unanimous consent to forward a bill that would create a commercial truck driver student aid program for eligible […]

Opinion

DOT watching the Web

Watch what you post on Facebook. The US DOT is watching. Department of Transportation Undersecretary Derek Kan recently told an industry group, “We are connecting diverse data sets with comprehensive and timely analysis for anybody that’s on social media.” It seems they consider social media is another source of information, along with things like traffic […]