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Myth-busting plans for a new tax

February 27, 2020


Land Line Now, Feb. 27, 2020.

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Many claims made to promote a federal truck-only vehicle miles traveled tax are outright untrue – we’ll do some myth busting. Also, EPA on truck emissions.

truck-only VMT myth busting

I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

OOIDA tells Congress not to get FRESH; a trucking company is ordered to pay for violating whistleblower protection laws; and plutonium presents problems for a potential highway project – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. EPA wants more trucker input

The EPA is considering new rules for truck emissions – and the agency is making an effort to get truckers input; also, UPS requests to let learner’s permit holders drive doubles.

III. Washington state carbon tax plan

An effort to create a rule that could lead to significantly higher fuel costs is moving forward in Washington state.

IV. Myth busting on the truck-only VMT proposal

A lot of claims have been made in an attempt to promote a federal truck-only vehicle miles traveled tax – and many of them are outright untrue. We’ll do a little myth busting.

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Industry Calendar

MARCH 2020

  • 12 Women With Drive Summit at the Delta Hotels Toronto Airport and Conference Centre, Toronto. For more information, visit TruckingHR.com.
  • 26-28 Mid-America Trucking Show, Kentucky Expo Center, Louisville, Ky. For more information, visit TruckingShow.com.


APRIL 2020

  • 16-18 Truck World at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, near Toronto. For more information, visit ca.
  • 24-26 75 Chrome Shop Truck Show, near Exit 329 off I-75 in Wildwood, Fla. For more information, visit 75ChromeShop.com.
  • 25 Central California Chapter Antique Truck Show and BBQ at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth, Calif. Go to ATHS.org or VisitAmador.com/events for information.


MAY 2020

  • 1-2 Midwest Pride in your Ride Truck and Tractor Show, Tri-State Raceway, Earlville, Iowa. For more information, visit MidwestPrideInYourRide.org.
  • 2 Wheat State Antique Truck Show at Newell’s Truck Stop in Newton, Kan. For more information, visit ATHSKansas.org.
  • 7-9 East Coast Truckers Jamboree, Kenly 95 Petro, Kenly, N.C. For more information, visit Kenly95.com.
  • 10 Mother’s Day Truck Convoy benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation at the Burle Business Park, Lancaster, Pa. For more information, visit Philadesv.wish.org/ways-to-help/convoy or Mother’s Day Truck Convoy on Facebook.
  • 15-17 Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge, Onaway Speedway, Onaway, Mich. For more information, visit OnawaySpeedway.com/big-rig-challenge.
  • 28-30 American Truck Historical Society National Convention at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. For more information, visit ATHS.org/Convention.


JUNE 2020

  • 4-5 Wheel Jam Truck Show in Huron, S.D. For more information, visit WheelJamTruckShow.com or call 605-354-2809.
  • 5-6 Joplin Truckers Jamboree at the Joplin 44 Petro in Joplin, Mo. For more information, visit Joplin44.com/trucker-jamboree/.
  • 5-6 Success in Trucking Expo – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Complex. Find more information here: https://www.successintruckingexpo.com/.
  • 5-6 Memory Lane Car and Truck Show at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis. For more information, visit SaukCountyFair.com, email v12pete@live.com or call 608-963-8849.
  • 6-7 Texas Trucking Show, NRG Center, Houston. For more information, visit TexasTruckingShow.com.
  • 12-13 Oak Grove Truckers Jamboree at the Oak Grove 70 Petro in Oak Grove, Mo. For more information, visit OakGrovePetro.com.
  • 13 Southeast Iowa Antique and Working Truck Show at the Ottumwa Park and Campgrounds in Ottumwa, Iowa. For more information, visit ATHS.org.
  • 20-21 Ohio Vintage Truck Jamboree in Ashland, Ohio. For more information, visit ohvintrkjam.com.


JULY 2020

  • 6-9 National Brockway Truck Show at the CNY Living History Center in Cortland, N.Y. for more information, visit BrockwayTrucks.org.
  • 9-11 Walcott Truckers Jamboree, Iowa 80 Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa. For more information, visit Iowa80TruckStop.com/trucker-jamboree/.
  • 17-18 Expedite Expo at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. For more information, visit ExpediteExpo.com or Facebook.com/expediteexpo/.
  • 17-18 Gulf Coast Big Rig Truck Show, Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi, Miss. For more information, visit GulfCoastBigRigTruckShow.com.
  • 19-21 Great Lakes Truck Show, Cabela’s in Dundee, Mich. For more information, visit GreatLakesTruckShow.org.
  • 24-26 Top Gun Large Car Shoot Out at Rantoul National Aviation Center, Rantoul, Ill. For more information, visit TopGunLargeCarShootout.com.



  • 7-9 Carlisle Truck Nationals, Carlisle, Pa., Fairgrounds. For more information, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
  • 7-9 Shiawassee County Fair and Truck Show, Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, Corunna, Mich. For more information, visit ShiawasseeFair.com.
  • 14-16 Big Rig Truck Show at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
  • 22-29 Great American Trucking Show, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas. For more information, visit TruckShow.com.



  • 16-18 Great Lakes Truck Show, Cabela’s in Dundee, Mich. For more information, visit GreatLakesTruckShow.org.
  • 17-20 Richard Crane Memorial Truck Show in St. Ignace, Mich. For more info, visit StIgnace.com/event/annual-richard-crane-memorial-truck-show.
  • 24-26 Guilty By Association Truck Show at 4 States Trucks in Joplin, Mo. For more information, visit ChromeShopMafia.com/guilty-by-association-truck-show/.
  • 26-27 Truckin’ for Kids truck drag races and show and shine, Irwindale Event Center, Irwindale, Calif. For more information, visit TruckinForKids.org.



  • 3-6 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas. It is the final stop for the International Ratical Rod Build-off/Drive-off. For information on the Ratical Rod Build Off, visit RATicaldriveoff.com. For show information, visit SEMAShow.com.