Pennsylvania bridge toll plan under fire

May 13, 2021


Land Line Now, May 13, 2021.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are taking steps to reform a decade-old public-private partnership program, including stopping plans to toll bridges.

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The Lenhartsville Bridge on Interstate 78 in Pennsylvania.

I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

The Colonial Pipeline is back online, but shortages persist. The FMCSA gets ready for next year’s Entry Level Driver Training rules. And the dumb criminal of the day award goes to…

II. Feds work to fix pipeline-related problems

The federal government is taking further steps to address the crisis created by the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. Plus we’ll have the latest on entry-level driver training and automated vehicles.

III. Bridge toll plan at heart of PPP fight in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s lawmakers continue to battle over a public-private partnership program, including a bridge toll plan. Meanwhile, Texas lawmakers are considering protections for trucking operations lawsuits when the trucker is not negligent. Also, OOIDA is taking aim at some of the provisions that are likely to end up in the highway bill. We’ll have the details.

IV. Hours of service flexibility debated

The hours of service, including the most recent changes, were under the microscope recently in Congress.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • OOIDA is taking aim at some of the provisions that are likely to end up in the highway bill. They have issued a Call to Action. Get the details here.
  • FMCSA prepares for its entry-level driver training rule. You can sign up for updates here. The rule goes into effect on Feb. 7, 2022.
  • The Highway to Hope online concert takes place May 16 starting at 6 p.m. Central. You can purchase tickets and find the live streaming event here.
  • The Iowa 80 Truckstop is offering its COVID-19 vaccination clinic May 13-16. Any questions about vaccine appointments should be directed to Hy-Vee Pharmacy at 563-359-3120.
  • The Oak Grove 70 Petro will have a walk-in, no appointment clinic from 1 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.
  • Get the details on vaccine clinics and locations here.
  • Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA in Fultonville, N.Y. That’s at Exit 28 off Interstate 90. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • To read about state legislation, visit Land Line Magazine’s Daily News by State.
  • View notices on the Bulletin Board.
  • If you’ve been hauling COVID-19 vaccines across the country in recent weeks, we want to hear from you for a story we’re working on. Just send an email to and we’ll get back to you.
  • 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