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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Daily News

House Small Business Committee to hear from truckers on ELD mandate
The U.S. House Committee on Small Business is holding a hearing called “Highway to Headache” and the upcoming electronic logging mandate is expected to be at the center of discussion.

Tandem Thoughts:  Free Thanksgiving meals offered to truck drivers
Various truck stops and a nonprofit group are providing free Thanksgiving meals for truck drivers. Staff Writer Mark Schremmer provides a roundup of the options.

Minimal progress made during Round 5 of NAFTA negotiations
The fifth round of trilateral negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement concluded on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Results were either bad or good, depending on whether you are pro- or anti-NAFTA.

Ohio DOT says truckers aren't to blame in 75 percent of fatality crashes
The Ohio Department of Transportation recently released a statistic that confirmed something that most truck drivers already know, which is that a majority of crashes aren’t their fault.

Tens of millions of dollars in unpaid tolls lost in New York, state audit reveals
Cashless tolls are a great way to collect revenue without disrupting traffic, but in New York, electronic tolling has left millions of dollars in tolls and fees unpaid, according to an audit from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Mo' money for Missouri roads?
A 23-member task force of state officials and private citizens is working on a list of transportation funding recommendations to submit to the Missouri General Assembly by Jan. 1. Options on the table to benefit transportation include raising the state’s fuel tax and/or sales tax rates, tolls, implementing a vehicle-miles traveled mechanism, rerouting revenue from the state’s general fund, and raising vehicle fees.

Family of military vets killed in truck versus train crash ask Texas court for review
The families of three of the four military veterans killed by a Union Pacific train in Midland, Texas, in 2012 are asking the state’s highest court to review the dismissal of their wrongful death claims.

Highway Hero nomination deadline around the corner
Truckers are known for their generosity and giving. Maybe that’s why it’s all the more appropriate for the nominations for the next Goodyear Highway Hero to be drawing to a close following Thanksgiving.

NAFTA freight continued to increase year-to-year in September
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in September trucks moved more than 64 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. Three of five modes experienced an increase in freight year to year, including trucks.

DAT Solutions: Got trucks? Spot freight demand is surging
The number of loads on DAT MembersEdge jumped 7.4 percent during the week ending Nov. 18. Van and reefer load-to-truck ratios had big increases, up 15 percent and 13 percent respectively, and spot rates were above seasonal norms as national averages.

TRACER ALERT:  White Freightliner with orange trailer stolen in Houston
A white 2006 Freightliner Century ST120 pulling an orange 2004 Wabash van trailer was reported stolen on Nov. 18 at 6960 Tarnef Drive in Houston, Texas. The truck has “Kelu Express” on the doors.

Hot Topics

OOIDA requests ELD exemption for small carriers, owner-operators
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has submitted an exemption request to a federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices.

Drivers without ELDs won't be put out of service until April but could face tickets
If you’re toying with not buying an electronic logging device and just taking your chances, for the first few months, you won’t be put out of service and violations won’t count against you. But, the answer on whether you will get a ticket isn’t very clear.

OOIDA points to crash rates in letter opposing long-haul trucks from Mexico
Shortly after a coalition of more than 100 trade associations urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to keep Mexican trucking provisions in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has sent a letter to Lighthizer with a counterargument: NAFTA’s Mexican truck program was a failure and needs to go.

Tandem Thoughts:  Capitol Christmas Tree tour stops in Kansas City
A truck driver for nearly 50 years, Larry Spiekermeier was chosen to haul the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the 3,000-mile journey from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana to Washington, D.C. As one of the stops along the way, Spiekermeier drove the specially designed Kenworth T680 Advantage with a flatbed trailer on Monday, Nov. 20 to the MHC Kenworth dealership in Kansas City, Mo.

California DMV employees plead guilty to charges regarding fraudulent CDL scheme
Two California DMV employees have recently pleaded guilty to charges stemming from their role in allowing CDL applicants to bypass testing in exchange for money, according to federal court documents.

Pennsylvania woman pleads guilty to fraud involving DOT physicals
A Pennsylvania woman recently pleaded guilty in a case where she was accused of unlawfully performing U.S. Department of Transportation physicals for commercial drivers.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Nov. 22, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
Ruth Freuhauf discusses the re-emergence of her family’s nameplate in the U.S. – the name that invented the semi-trailer. Also tonight: van freight and rates are coming on strong; diesel prices slip slightly for the week; and Congress takes a look at over-regulation of small trucking businesses.


Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report – OOIDA seeks ELD exemption
OOIDA has officially asked the FMCSA to exempt all small-business truckers with good safety records from the ELD mandate. Mark Reddig gets the details from Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  Cold freight sees hot rates
Van freight and rates are coming on strong while refrigerated rates are at a three-year high. Terry Scruton talks with Peggy Dorf of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner operators, carriers, brokers and shippers

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