Megacarriers will get more grist for their mills if a proposed under-21 pilot program becomes a reality. And drivers and safety will suffer.
Next week, changes to the hours of service go into effect; we’ll offer some details, plus an update on another possible stimulus bill.
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.
Not deterred by strong opposition by industry stakeholders, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation has scored another victory in its efforts to implement truck-only tolls. The Federal Highway Administration has recently signed off on a “finding of no significant impact” for the environmental assessment. The environmental assessment only applies to the first two gantries for […]
Add another group of truckers to the growing list of those seeking an exemption from the electronic logging mandate. Citing a litany of concerns including the potential for cyberattacks and the lack of reliable broadband internet access in rural America, the Agricultural Retailers Association is seeking an exemption from the mandate for its members. The […]
Fuel prices, News
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went up two-tenths of a cent to $2.903 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Dec. 25. This marks the first increase after three weeks of decreases. Diesel prices went up in six of 10 regions in the United States, according to the Energy Information Administration. […]
Time is running out for truck drivers to submit comments regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to repeal emissions requirements for glider kits. The public comment period on EPA’s proposal will be open through Jan. 5. OOIDA delivered a Call to Action earlier this month, asking its more than 160,000 members to submit comments […]
Crime & Courts, News
Two more co-conspirators have pleaded guilty for their role in a CDL scheme involving California Department of Motor Vehicles employees and truck driving schools. More than a dozen people involved have either pleaded guilty or await trial. On Dec. 14, Donald Freeman and Juan Arturo Arroyo Gomez pleaded guilty in a California federal court. Freeman […]
It has been almost a month since the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website has remained operational. The website, which allows commercial drivers to confirm which doctors are on the national registry to perform Department of Transportation physicals, originally went down on Nov. 30 and didn’t resume its functionality until Dec. 14. However, the site […]
Now that the electronic logging device mandate is in effect in the United States, the government of Canada is moving forward with its own law requiring the devices in commercial motor vehicles. Transport Canada formally published a draft version of its ELD mandate on Dec. 16. According to the document, nearly half of all Canadian commercial […]
The first of the year marks the beginning of new and higher taxes and fees in Oregon. The changes result from a transportation funding bill approved by state lawmakers. A 4-cent increase in the state’s 30-cent fuel tax rate takes effect Jan. 1. Additionally, 2-cent increases will follow every two years through 2024. At that […]
A bill that would disqualify someone from having a commercial driver’s license if they committed a felony involving a severe form of human trafficking was passed unanimously in the House on Thursday, Dec. 21. The No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, S1532, was originally sponsored by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and received bipartisan support. […]
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 […]