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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daily News

Shell Rotella rolls out one-size-fits-all oil for trucks, passenger vehicles
For years using an oil formulated for your heavy-duty truck in your personal cars wasn’t the best idea. But those days have ended with the introduction of Shell Rotella T6 5W-30 MV.

Pennsylvania bills would boost fines for roadway litter
Littering around Pennsylvania roadways could soon carry a much harsher penalty.

TEST DRIVE:  The new Mack Anthem – A classic in the making
The Mack Anthem was introduced in September with much fanfare and enthusiasm, and with good reason. It’s a bold modern classic – big and square-looking, but with an emphasis on aerodynamics. The grille is tough and very structured, with pillars holding the word “Mack” as a bridge span.

Tandem Thoughts:  Mack Trucks finds perfect spokesman
Staff Writer Mark Schremmer says that Mack Trucks found a perfect match when it named Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack as its spokesperson.

Highway 99 closure in Mankato, Minn., extended another month
Truckers driving on Highway 99 towards the eastern end of Minnesota will have to take a detour at least one month longer than expected. Originally scheduled to end by Oct. 31, bridge work is now slated to conclude in the first week of December.

Ninth annual GBATS commences on Friday
The ninth annual Guilty By Association Truck Show kicks off Friday, Sept. 22 from Joplin, Mo., and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will be in full view all weekend. It will be an opportunity to see OOIDA’s new trailer, as well as to interact with staff members of Land Line and Land Line Now.

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NEED TO KNOW:  A trucker's guide to hauling disaster relief loads
Natural disasters have caused significant damage to the United States this year, increasing the demand for truckers to haul disaster relief loads. Over the past several weeks, truckers have encountered some atypical issues while hauling loads for relief efforts. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association put together a guide to avoid problems characteristic of disaster relief loads.

Utah brothers indicted after establishing a dozen 'chameleon' carriers
Two Utah brothers, Zach and Garrett Barber, were indicted in a federal court after establishing at least a dozen shell carriers in an attempt to evade imminent hazard orders. The men used other people to sign off as owners to cover their tracks.

OOIDA calls car hauler definitions, requirements 'mindboggling'
FHWA currently requires all car haulers to be capable of carrying cargo on the power unit behind the cab and on an over-cab rack. That could all change. The agency is considering changing the definition, and OOIDA has submitted comments arguing that non-cargo-carrying tractor-high mount automobile semi-trailer combinations should be included.

Federal judge denies motion to dismiss Rand McNally's defamation claim
A federal court judge denied new electronic logging device company One20’s argument that alleging competitor Rand McNally was going bankrupt didn’t constitute defamation. However, the judge granted the motion to dismiss in regards to One20’s remaining advertisements.

Wisconsin lawmakers OK roads budget without fuel tax increase
Overdue for the past 11 weeks, Wisconsin legislators have finally sent to the governor a state budget. The two-year budget includes changes to transportation funding.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Sept. 21, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
Another large company and another industry are asking to be exempt from the upcoming ELD mandate. We’ll have that, plus information about upcoming elections across the country; upcoming truck shows; and slow but steady progress on a bill that could set standards for the development of autonomous vehicles.


Land Line Now online:  Advice for hauling relief loads into disaster zones
Mark Reddig talked with three of the people in OOIDA’s Compliance Department – Lewie Pugh, Dale Watkins and Scott Grenerth – about problems truckers are having with FEMA and other disaster loads.

Land Line Now online:  Analyzing the CSA program
The National Academy of Sciences issued a report earlier this year detailing suggestions for improving the FMCSA’s safety measurement system. The agency recently had a public meeting about that report. Terry Scruton talks about what went on in that meeting and the future of the CSA program with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

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