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Effort aims to end tax on new trucks

August 6, 2019

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LLN (8/6/19) –
A group that includes representatives of large carriers wants Congress to end the federal excise tax on new truck purchases. It sounds good, but is it good for small-business truckers, as they claim? Also, Suzanne Stempinski talks test drives and SuperRigs. We’ll have some important notices from the Land Line Now Community Bulletin Board. And Massachusetts’ governor wants to spend $18 billion on transportation.

0:00-10:10 – Newscast

10:10-24:59 – Test drives and SuperRigs

24:59 -39:14 – State highway spending; bulletin board

39:14-49:07 – Effort to end excise tax on new trucks

Segment 1

Newscast

  • Police in Houston are seeking information regarding a trucker who was found dead in the cab of his truck on Saturday, Aug. 3. The unnamed driver was hauling a load of meat from Laredo to Houston and never made it there. His truck was burglarized and the contents of the trailer were stolen. If you have information, you are asked to contact the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600. Also, you can find more information here.
  • The FMCSA last week announced changes to the fines for violation certain trucking regulations. You can read the Federal Register announcement and see the full list of fines and violations here.
  • An invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly is causing havoc for agriculture in the northeastern U.S. A quarantine has been established, and truckers could face fines for not following required procedures.
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are taking some time off. We’ll let you know when they’re back on the road. Meanwhile, you can still join OOIDA at a discount. Just call 816-229-5791, ask for membership and mention our show for a $10 dollar discount.

Segment 2

From test driving Mack Anthems to paying a visit to some old friends at SuperRigs, Land Line Magazine’s Suzanne Stempinksi hasn’t let the dog days of summer slow her down. Terry Scruton gets the latest.

Segment 3

The Massachusetts governor has filed a five-year, $18 billion bond bill touted to invest in the state’s transportation system. Also, two northeastern state governors have signed into law infrastructure packages that include more than $675 million for roads and bridges. Mary McKenna gets the details from Land Line Magazine’s Keith Goble.

Mark Reddig and Mary McKenna bring us important notices from the Land Line Now Community Bulletin Board.

Segment 4

A group that includes representatives of large carriers wants Congress to end the federal excise tax on the purchase of new trucks. It sounds good, but is it good for small-business truckers, as they claim? Mark Reddig talks with Collin Long of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

 

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