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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.

News, State

Southern California fires spread, causing more road closures and evacuations

The Thomas Fire and Creek Fire in Southern California continue to rage and grow, creating imagery that many are describing as apocalyptic or a Mordor scene from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.” Roadways continue to close and mandatory evacuation orders have expanded. As of 11:48 a.m. local time, the Thomas Fire has grown from […]

News, State

Pennsylvania bills would revise towing rules for large trucks

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are pursuing rule changes that would apply to towing tractor-trailers. One new bill offered by Sen. Robert Tomlinson, R-Bucks, would revise towing requirements in an effort to enhance road safety for tow truck operators and other motorists. Pennsylvania law requires tow truck operators to tow disabled tractor-trailers to the nearest place of […]

News, OOIDA

OOIDA seeks nominees to join its Board of Directors

You have until the end of the year to nominate someone to join the OOIDA Board of Directors as an alternate board member. Every two years OOIDA holds an election for board alternates. Alternates are elected to two-year terms by and from the membership. All current alternate board member terms expire in 2019, so it’s […]

Business

Daseke acquires three trucking companies valued at more than $300 million

Trucking company Daseke Inc., based in Addison, Texas, has recently announced its acquisition of three trucking firms, according to a news release. Although Daseke did not disclose the amount paid, Reuters calculated the combined revenue of the three companies at $320 million. Daseke, the largest flatbed and specialized transportation company in North America, has acquired […]

Federal, News

Study suggests NHTSA could communicate recall information more effectively

What good is a recall notification if you never receive it? That was the crux of a Government Accountability Office study that looked into how consumers receive and access vehicle recall information. GAO found that a major issue was a lack of electronic communications to consumers. In a focus group sample of 94 consumers, GAO […]

News, State

New Michigan law intended to curb ‘skimming’ at fuel pumps

A new law in Michigan requires fuel stations to put in place protections intended to prevent payment card “skimming” at fuel pumps. The devices are attached to external fuel pump payment card readers. The small devices, or “skimmers,” are designed to steal and store debit and credit card data. The data can then be retrieved […]

News, State

Wildfires in Southern California close roads as thousands evacuate

Peak wildfire season may be over, but the threat is far from it. The Thomas Fire just north of Santa Paula, Calif., is burning approximately 45,000 acres as of press time, forcing thousands of evacuations and several highway closures. Two separate fires in Los Angeles County also are threatening residents and motorists. According to the […]

OOIDA, TRACER Alert

TRACER ALERT: Maroon Kenworth stolen in Miami Beach

A maroon 1999 Kenworth T2000 was reported stolen on Dec. 3 at 167 NE 6th Avenue in Miami Beach, Fla. The truck has “Triple J Freight” on the doors. TRACER lists a Florida license plate of A2329Z and a VIN number of 1XKTDU9X2XJ790029 for the truck. A $500 reward is offered for information leading to […]

Fuel prices, News

Diesel price roller coaster sends prices slightly down

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went down four-tenths of a cent to $2.922 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Dec. 4. This marks the first decrease after a short-lived increase last week, which was preceded by a one-week decrease. Diesel prices went down in seven of 10 regions in the […]

News, State

Wisconsin Assembly passes bill calling on new truckers to help combat trafficking

The state of Wisconsin could soon be added to the growing list of states across the country to call on professional drivers to help curb human trafficking. The Wisconsin Assembly voted unanimously to advance a bill to the Senate to mandate that prospective truck drivers receive training on trafficking prevention. Specifically, a course would be […]