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Road funding issues, state & federal

October 24, 2018

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LLN (10/23/18) – A possible new subcommittee would examine road funding issues. Also, the political wrangling over glider kits continues. California votes on repealing new vehicle taxes and fees. Voters will consider a sales tax for roads in Los Angeles. U.S. DOT takes action to combat human trafficking. A new poll on how we should pay for our infrastructure. And a maritime fuel standard might impact diesel prices for truckers.

0:00 – 10:11 – Newscast

10:11 – 24:41 – Glider kit wrangling; fighting human trafficking; paying for roads

24:42 – 39:11 – Calif. vehicle tax and fee repeal; sales tax for roads in L.A.

39:11 – 49:21 – New road funding subcommittee; maritime fuel standard

Segment 1

Newscast

  • The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the Iowa Department of Transportation has been breaking the law, writing more than 13,000 tickets to non-commercial drivers when they didn’t have the legal right to. Brandon Brown, the attorney who represented two plaintiffs says the DOT didn’t have the power to cite them and the Iowa Supreme Court agreed. Brown says he would also like to hear from commercial drivers who might have been ticketed during the time in question. There will be a link on their website in the next 30 days with more information. The website is parrishlaw.com.
  • Starting Wednesday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Petro in Bordentown, N.J. That’s located at Exit 57 on Interstate 295 and Exit 7 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
  • OOIDA’s TRACER system has issued an alert on a stolen truck. The black 2000 Peterbilt Conventional 379 has fog lights, specialty headlights and mirror LED lights. It was last seen at 1 Terminal Way in Avenel, N.J. A $500 reward is offered for information leading to its recovery. Find more information on the Peterbilt. See more TRACER Call 202-246-2698 if you have information.
  • The OOIDA Foundation recently received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region seven that can help truckers who find the cost prohibitive. You can find additional information online from the OOIDA Foundation.

Segment 2

Glider kits have been back in the news as the EPA, Congress and Glider kit manufacturers wrangle over the issue. Mary McKenna gets an update from OOIDA’s Nile Elam. Also, the Department of Transportation is taking on a larger role in the fight against human trafficking. Landis Paris of Truckers against Trafficking talks about the impact of a new advisory committee.

OOIDA’s Collin Long weighs in a new poll on how we should pay for our infrastructure. Mary has the story.

Segment 3

California voters will soon decide whether to repeal some new vehicle taxes and fees. Terry Scruton covers that – plus a possible sales tax for roads in Los Angeles – with our state legislative expert, Keith Goble. Also, Mary and Mark will have some important notices from the Land Line Now Community Bulletin Board.

Segment 4

Some in Congress are calling for a new subcommittee to deal with road funding issues. Mark Reddig goes over that – plus a maritime fuel standard that might impact diesel prices for truckers – with Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C. office.