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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.

News

DAT SOLUTIONS: Produce shipments keep pressure on spot rates, demand

The number of spot market loads on DAT MembersEdge slipped and fell 1.2 percent and truck posts were down 3.2 percent during the week ending May 19. But national averages are just that: averages. Freight activity varied from region to region as produce harvests across the Sun Belt, from California to the Carolinas, added to capacity pressures. Cooler […]

Federal, News

Reps. Gianforte, Peterson introduce bipartisan ELD relief bill

A bill aiming to bring relief to truckers from the mandate requiring electronic logging devices has been referred to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Introduced by Reps. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., H.R. 5948, the Small Carrier Electronic Logging Device Exemption Act of 2018 would completely exempt businesses that operate […]

Driver Fitness, Federal, News

House THUD spending bill addresses trucking issues, including rest breaks and ELDs

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee passed the proposed fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development bill. Several trucking provisions made it through, but not without resistance from House Democrats. Trucking riders included a study on twin 33-foot trailers, eliminating paid rest/meal breaks, speeding up violation notifications and allowing an exemption from ELDs for […]

Crime & Courts, News, State

Jury finds Montana trucking company owner guilty of charges related to explosion

A jury has found a Montana trucking company and its owner guilty of 13 of 14 federal charges, for lying about insurance coverage for hazardous materials following an explosion that injured several people, according to federal court documents. On Feb. 6, 2012, Donald Wood and his Baker, Mont.-based trucking company, Woody’s Trucking, entered into a […]

News, State

Truckers ignoring detour on I-77 in West Virginia; nearly 200 citations in under a week

On Thursday, May 17, construction on Interstate 77 in West Virginia near the Virginia border began, leading to a truck-only detour to Route 460. Despite plenty of warning, truckers are still traveling on I-77. That has resulted in the West Virginia State Police issuing nearly 200 citations in less than a week. Construction crews started […]

Driver Fitness, News, Safety & Security

FMCSA chief predicts medical examiner registry website back in a ‘matter of months’

During a House Transportation Committee hearing on May 22, FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez said it will be a “matter of months” before the agency’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website returns to full functionality. It was the first time FMCSA publicly provided any timeline regarding the website’s return since it was taken down after a security […]

Driver Fitness, Federal, News

Senators join fight to reform of hours of service

Pressure continues to mount on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to reform the hours-of-service regulation. The latest support for increasing flexibility within the hours of service regulations came in the form of a letter from 30 U.S. senators. The bipartisan letter, spearheaded by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., calls on FMCSA […]

News

Driver shortage? OOIDA president says there’s no such thing

During a segment on the Fox Business show Varney & Co. on Wednesday, May 23, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association President Todd Spencer said the trucking industry’s perceived driver shortage is a myth. Stuart Varney, the show’s host, opened the segment by saying the trucking industry ended last year with a shortfall of 51,000 drivers. Spencer quickly pointed […]

Opinion

Who is Rep. Denham? Why does he oppose truckers’ rights?

“Oh, him again,” I thought last week when I heard the name of Rep. Jeff Denham mentioned on the radio. I know his name because of the Denham amendment. The Denham amendment is like a rash on my consciousness. I hear the name and I need to scratch. It is itchy but also stings. The […]

News, State

Louisiana joins states adopting changes for truck platoons

Providing authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways continues to advance through statehouses from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. The concept uses a lead truck to control the speed and braking of following trucks. Advocates say truck platooning will save fuel because of reduced aerodynamic drag, lessen traffic congestion, and improve highway safety. Some supporters […]