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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Daily News

Winter Storm Inga dumps ice, snow in the South; HOS waivers in place
Winter Storm Inga has caused unusually frigid temperatures in the South, resulting in at least nine deaths and major traffic problems. Several states have issued a declaration of emergency, exempting certain truckers from hours-of-service rules.

Government report highlights economic importance of transportation
Truckers know that the trucking industry drives the economy, both literally and metaphorically. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics has quantified the transportation sector’s contribution to the economy with its recently released 2017 Transportation Economic Trends.

CRST says trainee didn't provide prescription stating he required a service dog
With the case now moved to Iowa, CRST International continues to dispute the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims that the trucking company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by rescinding a job offer to a military veteran.

Mississippi House approves funds for road and bridge work
Transportation funding is an ongoing struggle at the Mississippi statehouse. Multiple bills halfway through the statehouse could signal progress on efforts to address a projected $400 million annual shortfall.

DAT Solutions: Rates dip as truckers head back to work
Freight activity on DAT MembersEdge keeps growing, as the number of posted loads was 17 percent higher during the week ending Jan. 13. While demand for trucks has pushed rates and load-to-truck ratios to record levels, national average rates were softer last week. What gives?

OOIDA members qualify for $1,000 off on Kenworth trucks
OOIDA members can get a rebate of $1,000 on the purchase prices of a Kenworth sleeper truck during 2018.

Road Dog channel to premiere Women in Trucking
Starting this weekend, SiriusXM will have a weekly show dedicated to the women of the trucking industry. Women in Trucking, a live call-in show on SiriusXM Road Dog channel 146, will premiere at 11 a.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Hot Topics

FMCSA grants another ELD exemption, two more waivers
Federal regulators are announcing another five-year exemption and two more 90-day waivers from the electronic logging device mandate.

Comments on OOIDA's ELD exemption reflect dissatisfaction with mandate
Nearly 1,800 comments have been filed on a request from the electronic logging device mandate that would exempt certain small trucking carriers from compliance with the rule.

Tandem Thoughts:  What a bunch of cheapskates
Deregulation may have been a small boon to consumers, but the cost of cheap freight for drivers and LTL carriers has meant loss of income and job security, writes Contributing Editor-at-Large John Bendel.

Former trucking CEO takes restitution case to Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court said last week that it will review a case that ordered a former trucking company CEO to pay $4.85 million in legal fees after being convicted of defrauding General Electric Capital Corp.

Kentucky bill singles out trucks for left-lane ban
An effort underway at the Kentucky statehouse would impose left-lane restrictions on certain highways for professional drivers. State law already requires vehicles traveling below the posted speed limit on any limited access highway of at least four lanes with a posted speed limit of at least 65 mph to stay to the right.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Jan. 17, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
Brita Nowak, a former actress and now truck driver, talks to Mary McKenna about why after 16 years of driving she’s had it and is calling it quits. Load postings are still pretty strong for this time of year. Terry Scruton talks to Peggy Dorf of DAT. Finally, as Congress continues to face stalemate after stalemate over budget talks, the idea of bringing back earmarks seems to be gaining steam. OOIDA’s Collin Long talks about that.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  Is a government shutdown coming?
The latest continuing resolution to keep the government running expires on Jan. 19. Will Congress fix funding by then or will we see yet another continuing resolution? Terry Scruton gets the latest from Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  Freight still holding strong
Last week was the first full work week of the post-holiday season, meaning truckers were back on the road in force. But load postings are still pretty strong for this time of year. Terry Scruton gets the latest from Peggy Dorf of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner-operators, carriers, brokers and shippers.

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