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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.


12 steps to Sister Boland’s Sunbeams

  Sister Ena Boland’s Sunbeams ranged in age from 3 to 5 years old. The year I graduated from Sunbeams to Sunday school, there were 22 of us. It was 1972. Our church pre-school teacher artfully mastered wrangling cats before the term, or the internet ever became a thing. During my tenure, Sunbeams under her […]

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Is MirrorEye the blind back-in solution?

I was always jealous of the guys who could do a blindside back-in with no problem. I sucked at it. It’s way too late for me, but a solution may be at hand for everybody else. On April 5, the FMCSA published a request for comments on an application for an exemption from the requirement […]

News, Safety & Security

Free flu shots available through April 30; shingles vaccines through Sept. 20

Through April 30, vouchers for free flu shots will be available for truckers from the St. Christopher Truckers Fund. Truckers also may get vouchers for free pneumonia and shingles vaccines. They are available through Sept. 20. Drivers can get their vouchers from the St. Christopher Fund website or from OOIDA’s Jon Osburn on the Association’s […]

News, Tolls

Seattle proposes tolls on city streets to reduce carbon emissions

Seattle is continuing to make changes and policies in an effort to combat climate change. This time, motorists will be paying for it. Mayor Jenny Durkan recently announced the Seattle Climate Action, which includes tolling city streets. Despite efforts to slow down road transportation emissions, the reduction has not been fast enough over the past […]


Drivers in Trucker Buddy program help students learn

Commercial motor vehicle drivers willing to help mentor youth as a pen pal should look into joining the program at Trucker Buddy International. Trucker Buddy International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization started in 1992 that is dedicated to helping educate school children. Professional truck drivers who have undergone background checks work with children in grades […]


Four more states adopt rule changes to accommodate truck platoons

Authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways is a trending topic at statehouses from Pennsylvania to Oregon. The concept uses a lead truck to control the speed and braking of following trucks. Advocates say truck platooning will save fuel because of reduced aerodynamic drag, lessen traffic congestion, and improve highway safety. Some supporters […]


Next stop, The Spirit sets up in northern Florida

Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit, plans to set up Wednesday near Ocala, Fla. He plans to be at the Ocala Petro at I-75 and Highway 318 from April 5 through April 7. It is at Exit 368. Before Jon rolls into the Ocala Petro, I-75 will take him through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park […]


FMCSA says doctors need signed certificate before they can conduct DOT exams

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said a medical professional does not become a certified medical examiner until he or she receives a signed certificate and that any DOT exams performed before that time would be considered invalid. FMCSA’s explanation was in response to Land Line receiving information that at least one doctor started conducting DOT physicals […]


OOIDA backs Colorado bill ensuring Occ-Acc coverage to independent truckers

An effort halfway through the Colorado General Assembly would ensure occupational accident insurance coverage is available to independent truckers in the state. Colorado law now requires independent commercial operators to have workers’ compensation or a private insurance policy that provides similar coverage. The Senate voted to advance a bill that would change “private insurance policy” […]


ATRI announces 2018 top research priority list

Which trucking-related issues need more research and studies? Although there are many arguably correct answers, the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee has narrowed it down to six in their 2018 top research priorities list. Last week, ATRI’s board of directors vetted and approved the committee’s list of research topics over critical industry issues. […]