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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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Mississippi bills would set speeds at 75 mph, slow trucks to 45 mph in bad weather

(Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct sponsor of SB2046. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Robert Jackson.) Mississippi state lawmakers are back at work at the statehouse, and they are reviewing multiple bills that address speed limits. One bill from Sen. Robert Jackson, D-Marks, would make Mississippi only the fourth state […]

News, Truck Parking

Love’s 2018 plans include more than 40 new locations and 3,100 parking spots

After a busy year in 2017, Love’s Travel Stops is not done expanding its network of truck stops. Love’s recently announced its 2018 vision, which includes adding more truck stops than last year. That also means more truck parking. Last year, Love’s opened 36 new locations and added approximately 2,600 truck parking spaces to the […]

News, Safety & Security

Eaton Cummins recalls more than 1,000 automated transmissions

Eaton Cummins Automated Transmission Technologies is recalling more than 1,000 Endurant and Paccar transmissions. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, affected transmissions have an issue with the control module. Endurant transmissions with part numbers EEO-17F112C, EEO-16F112C and EEO-18F112C and Paccar transmissions with part numbers PO-14F112C, PO-15F112C, PO-16F112C, PO-17F112C and PO-18F112C are included in […]

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DAT Solutions: Spot Rates Surge to Start New Year

If your New Year’s resolution involves higher truckload rates in 2018, you’re off to a good start. National average spot rates on DAT MembersEdge saw double-digit increases during the week ending Jan. 6, a welcome surge for truckers. Let’s look at the trends: More freight, fewer trucks. The number of available loads increased 27 percent […]

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Two more ELD exemption requests open for comments

An association representing American towing companies and a motor carrier that hauls anhydrous ammonia have become the latest to file for exemptions from the electronic logging device mandate. Both the Towing and Recovery Association of America – a Washington, D.C.-based group representing towing companies – and STC Inc., a propane and anhydrous ammonia hauler, requested […]

Opinion

What a bunch of cheapskates

Trucking is too cheap.  Sure consumers eventually benefit, but the nickels they save at the Walmart come straight out of the well-being of drivers and of our families. Shippers don’t pay what the service really costs.  In 1980, when President Jimmy Carter signed the law that gutted regulation, the average driver earned about $37,000 a […]

Crime & Courts, News

Trucking company wins appeal against insurance company in $9M claim

How long should one keep insurance documents? Seven years? Maybe 10? A recent appellate court case that relied on proof of insurance between 1961 and 1965 to get a trucking company off the hook for $9 million suggests to never get rid of any documentation, even from 50 years ago. The case goes back to […]

News, Safety & Security

Several killed in Southern California flooding; highway closures in place

Only one week into 2018 and already extreme weather has claimed lives, destroyed structures and shut down major highways. Flooding in Santa Barbara County in California has left Montecito and surrounding areas unstable as mudslides and water/debris flow have caused widespread damage. What is technically a winter storm began at around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. […]

News, OOIDA

Nearly 1,700 comments filed in support of OOIDA’s ELD exemption request

To date, the request for exemption from the electronic logging mandate filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has nearly 1,700 comments filed – many in support of the exemption. OOIDA’s exemption request asks the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to allow small trucking carriers that do not have an “unsatisfactory” safety rating and can […]

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New Pennsylvania law increases fines for ‘rogue’ household goods movers

A new law in Pennsylvania boosts penalties for “rogue” household goods movers operating in the state. State law already requires household goods movers to register and obtain a permit with the Public Utility Commission, maintain workers compensation coverage, pay wages subject to taxation, and have adequate insurance coverage for goods moved. Violators face a maximum […]