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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.

Crime & Courts

More former Celadon execs indicted for securities fraud scandal

Two more former Celadon executives have been indicted by the U.S. government for their alleged role in a fraud scheme worth tens of millions of dollars.

Crime & Courts, Tolls

Appeals court rules tolls are not taxes; Rhode Island must face toll lawsuit

Rhode Island must face a lawsuit against its truck-only tolls after a federal appeals court ruled that tolls are not taxes under the Tax Injunction Act.

State

Washington state battles over ‘car tab’ limits

A voter referendum approved last month in Washington state to cap certain vehicle taxes and fees is in court. The state DOT postpones certain projects.

News

Trucking suffered large job loss in transportation sector in November

There were fewer jobs in the trucking industry in November. Another net loss in December could send the job situation for trucking in the red for 2019.

Federal

Glider repeal rule ‘lacked transparency,’ EPA audit finds

The EPA’s Inspector General says the agency’s actions regarding a proposed glider repeal rule “lacked transparency,” according to a new report.

Crime & Courts, News

Carriers not fully liable for repairs by third parties, Florida court rules

Should a motor carrier be held responsible for a crash caused by insufficient repairs done by a third-party shop? A Florida appeals court has an answer.

Opinion

Slogans: Genius or Insanity? Did you really mean that?

From “Don’t Jerk and Drive” to “Meth: We’re On It” South Dakota has a history of zany slogans. Contributing Editor John Bendel recalls some other gems.

State, Tolls

Florida bills would nix Palmetto Expressway express lanes

Two Florida lawmakers want to reverse course on express lanes along a Miami-area roadway. They want tolls removed and prohibited on the expressway.

Federal

‘No soft enforcement’ for drivers who still have an AOBRD, CVSA warns

CVSA is warning drivers there won’t be any “soft enforcement” when the time comes to switch from an AOBRD to an ELD. That deadline is Monday, Dec. 16.

State

Utah task force moves toward tax reform, increased fuel costs

A Utah legislative panel continues work on a plan to boost transportation funding via a tax reform package that includes higher costs for fuel purchases.