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.
When Sandi Soendker started working at Land Line in the fall of 1987, she didn’t know much about the trucking industry. Soendker soon realized she would need to learn fast. “I would say to (former Land Line editor and current OOIDA Executive Vice President) Todd Spencer, ‘I don’t know anything about trucking.’ He would say, […]
The start of the New Year in Texas will coincide with a new law that authorizes an increase in truck weights for tractor-trailers hauling intermodal shipping containers. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year, the new law allows seven-axle combinations with a gross vehicle weight of up to 100,000 pounds. Six-axle combinations will be […]
News, Truck Parking
A new year is right around the corner. Over the past 12 months, private truck stops have added several locations and even more parking spots. In total, the Big Three truck stops – Love’s, TravelCenters of America and Pilot Flying J – have added more than 3,000 truck parking spots to the infrastructure in 2017. […]
With Christmas approaching, the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website still wasn’t 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 stopped working again on […]
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comments to clarify guidance for agricultural commodities haulers with respect to hours of service. The agency is seeking to clarify its guidance for motor carriers and state enforcement officials, noting that existing exemption language “is susceptible to multiple interpretations.” Comments are due by Jan. 19. You […]
The Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which aims to streamline the process by which active-duty military, reservists and veterans receive commercial driver’s licenses, passed unanimously in the House on Wednesday, Dec. 21. The bill, S1393, originally sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, amends the FAST Act to allow health professionals employed by the Department of […]
Ready for that slow, steady rate decline from now until March? Well, national average spot rates for van and reefer freight on DAT MembersEdge did indeed decline during the week ending Dec. 16, but the number of available loads was up 2.4 percent and capacity tightened 7.5 percent. Who knows where that capacity figure will […]
Crime & Courts, News
A Philadelphia trucker is suing his former employer for misinterpreting results of a random drug/alcohol test and consequently tarnishing his record, making it difficult to find another job as a driver. The driver’s record indicated a refusal to submit to an alcohol test, but he claims he never received the chance to refuse one in […]
Truckers in Ontario will get an additional three years to continue using their hand-held CB radios. The implementation of a regulation that would have banned the use of hand-held CB radios in commercial vehicles has been delayed until Jan. 1, 2021, according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. The new rule was originally scheduled to […]
As the Republican-led tax reform bill heads into its final vote, language within the bill has not made any changes to per diem rates for truck drivers. That means unless there is an 11th hour change to the bill, truckers will still get to claim 80 percent of their daily per diem. The Tax Cuts […]