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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Daily News

Tandem Thoughts:  Mega shippers can't wait for automation to take your job
Recent decisions by XPO Logistics and NFI Industries highlight how corporations are impatiently waiting for automation to take over trucking and other jobs.

YRC Freight asks court to dismiss lawsuit accusing company of overcharging government
YRC Freight wants a lawsuit accusing it of overcharging the government millions of dollars. YRC cites case deficiencies despite a 10-year investigation before filing.

New Mexico bill would raise truck fee by 230 percent
One bill moving through the New Mexico House would raise vehicles fees by an average of 162 percent. Owners of large trucks, however, would pay about 230 percent more.

DAT Solutions:  Spot volumes steady; are rates ready to spring?
After a chilly start to 2019, spot truckload volumes and rates look like they’re starting to thaw.

Get truck insurance from the people fighting for truckers' rights
Independent Drivers Association offers a complete range of affordable truck insurance products tailored to the needs of small-business truckers.

Hot Topics

OIG to conduct audit into FMCSA's medical certificate program
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General announced on Wednesday, Feb. 20 that it will be conducting an audit of the FMCSA’s medical certificate program.

Coalition of largest shippers/retailers urge Congress to allow twin 33 trailers
A coalition of large corporations including Amazon, FedEx, UPS and XPO Logistics is lobbying for longer trucks, twin 33-foot trailers instead of just twin 28s.

Appellate court sides with driver fired for refusing unpermitted overweight loads
An appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling awarding a Connecticut trucker more than $260,000 after being fired for refusing to haul an illegal load.

Unpaid detention time negatively affects safety, survey shows
A recent OOIDA Foundation survey shows that many truck drivers believe unpaid detention time is an issue that affects safety as well as their finances.

Colorado bill seeks solution to hazmat truck travel on I-70
A bill being considered orders the Colorado DOT to study if tankers hauling hazardous materials should be allowed to use the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Feb. 21, 2019 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
An effort is underway to update the testing process for commercial driver’s licenses. Also, Utah lawmakers work to extend a truck ban on the Legacy Parkway; lawmakers want to repeal collection of Illinois’ commercial distribution fee; information on upcoming truck shows; an internal DOT auditor is investigating the FMCSA’s medical certification program; and we’ll review efforts toward a national wear and carry handgun permit.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  Spot demand helps rates
Spot market demand helps stem the tide of falling rates. Also, building a good relationship with your tire dealer is one of the most important things you can do for your tires, diesel prices have increased, and the insurance market could have a big impact on automated vehicles.

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