Crash spurs effort to toughen CDL standards

November 24, 2020


Land Line Now, Nov. 24, 2020.

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Massachusetts’ governor wants tougher rules for trucks, including higher CDL standards – an idea spurred by a 2019 crash that killed seven.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton


The FMCSA wants more information on a petition regarding broker transparency; problems are being reported with some Rand McNally ELDs; and now hiring: Chief Holiday Cheermeister.

II. More winter tire prep

Your tires dislike the winter weather about as much as you do, but there are plenty of ways to make sure they keep running in the snow, sleet and cold.

III. CDL rules may get tougher

Massachusetts’ governor wants tougher rules for trucks – specifically the standards for CDLS – while New Jersey tries to fix problems at its Motor Vehicle Commission.

IV. A new Senate leader in transportation?

A U.S. Senator with a background in transportation may take over the Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee – just as work will start on a new highway bill.

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  • NHTSA has ordered General Motors to recall more than 6 million pickup trucks and SUVs with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. You can check here to see if yours is on the list.
  • org says it is seeking a “Chief Holiday Cheermeister” to watch 25 holiday movies in 25 days. And you’ll get paid $2,500 to do it. You can submit an application here through Dec. 4.
  • Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker are at the Petro in Amarillo, Texas, located at Exit 75 off Interstate 40. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon Osburn is also giving away free protective masks.
  • For questions about commercial vehicle tires, you can go to the Michelin Commercial Truck Tire website.
  • To read about legislation in a particular state, visit Land Line Magazine’s Daily News By State
  • View notices on the Bulletin Board.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.
  • OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page on the Land Line Media website.
  • It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email Questions@OOIDA.com.