If you visited the Topeka service area off of Interstate 70 on July 2-4 and are feeling under the weather, seek medical attention.
Freight was down last week – but rates were up – thanks to the three-day holiday weekend, and the summer lull is here. Also, recovering downtime losses.
Featured: Coronavirus, News
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.
Fuel prices, News
For the third week in a row, the average U.S. price for a gallon of diesel went up, according to the Energy Information Administration. The average price for a gallon of diesel on Monday, April 2, was $3.042 per gallon. That is 3.2 cents higher than a week earlier. The lowest prices across the U.S. […]
Philip Keith, an OOIDA member from Long Beach, Miss., was named the Owner-Operator of the Year during the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual awards banquet last week in Kissimmee, Fla. Keith won this year after being a finalist a year ago. “It was overwhelming,” Keith said. “It was my second time around being a finalist. I […]
Legislators in states around the country are pursuing action that is intended to put an end to police going on ticket-writing sprees. About 20 states have acted to discourage practices that pressure law enforcement officers to write tickets. A new law in Utah addresses concern about state and local departments setting quotas for traffic citations. […]
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are likely to get in the way of automated technology, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The Volpe report came out the same time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration started seeking comments about regulatory barriers to advancing automated […]
Analysis, Truck Parking
Every week, there are several news articles across the nation related to truck parking. They range from a state department of transportation closing a rest area to local city councils preventing the opening of a truck stop. News regarding local truck parking are too numerous and small in scope to report on individually. However, what […]
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in January trucks moved nearly 63 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. All five modes experienced an increase in freight year to year for the fourth consecutive month. The value of freight hauled across the […]
Full enforcement of the ELD rule is starting April 1, ending the “soft enforcement” period in which noncompliant drivers were not put out-of-service. Starting April 1, a carrier that doesn’t have an ELD when required will be placed out of service. The driver will remain out-of-service for 10 hours in accordance with Commercial Vehicle Safety […]
News, Safety & Security
A renewed effort in the California Legislature is intended to improve safety on the state’s roadways by implementing new federal commercial driver regulations. Additional truck driver safety requirements also would be added. Sponsored by Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, the bill would implement a federal rule that requires people seeking a commercial driver’s license to complete […]
Rep. Brian Babin is at it again, seeking to provide relief for truckers. This time, he is joining the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association in leading the charge to reform the hours-of-service regulations. The Texas Republican introduced a bill modifying the hours of service in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, March 29. HR5417, the Responsible […]
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association testified on Wednesday, March 28, in support of a Missouri bill that would create consumer protections for truckers who are forced to have their tractor-trailer towed after an accident. Mike Matousek, OOIDA’s director of government affairs, explained the need for HB2496, which would establish a Towing Task Force, during a […]