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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, 2019, when the first reports came out of China.

Crime & Courts, News

Trucker sues former employer for allegedly falsely reporting alcohol test results

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 […]

News

Ontario allows hand-held CB radios to be used for another three years

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 […]

News

Tax reform bill leaves truckers’ 80-percent per diem intact

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 […]

News, Truck Parking

Arizona needs truckers’ input for truck parking survey

As truck parking continues to be a problem, states are taking measures to address the issue. The latest comes from the Arizona Department of Transportation, which is asking truckers to complete a survey to get a better understanding of the situation in the Grand Canyon State. Through consultations with truck drivers and trucking companies, as […]

Federal, News

FMCSA requests comments on new personal conveyance guidelines

A proposed change to federal regulations would allow commercial vehicle drivers to use their vehicles for personal conveyance, regardless of whether or not the vehicle was under load. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting public comments on the guidelines revision. The comment period closes Jan. 18. Comments may be submitted electronically here. The existing […]

News, Safety & Security

Illinois laws in effect Jan. 1 target human trafficking, cut inspections

The New Year in Illinois brings with it some notable new laws. Effective Jan. 1, Illinois will be the latest state across the country to call on professional drivers to help curb human trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates that 12.3 million people are being trafficked worldwide. In the U.S., victims are commonly transported along […]

News, Safety & Security

House passes bill to designate human trafficking prevention coordinator

One bill aimed at preventing human trafficking in the trucking industry was passed by Congress on Tuesday, Dec. 19, while another was expected to come to a vote on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act passed the House on a vote of 418-1 on Tuesday. Bill S1536 was sponsored by […]

News, Safety & Security

DTNA recalls 3,000 model year 2018 trucks for faulty brake calipers

Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 3,000 model year 2018 Freightliner and Western Star trucks. Affected trucks have an issue with the brake calipers. Nine different models of DTNA trucks have experienced problems with the calipers. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, the brake caliper mounting bolts may not be properly […]

Opinion

Who to blame for the ELD mandate

Oozing up from the Arkansas Trucking Association in the early 2000s, the ELD mandate law had more than one father, at least according to a guy named Lane Kidd, then the association’s executive director. Lane was not one of the mandate’s fathers, but he was definitely its uncle. We’ll come back to that. Uncle Lane […]

News, OOIDA

OOIDA launches email portal for ELD enforcement complaints

As the ELD mandate goes into effect with many basic questions still unanswered and many technical concerns still unresolved, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is continuing to fight for the rights of all truckers and ensure enforcement of the mandate is consistent on a state-by-state basis. To that end, the Association has established a dedicated […]