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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Daily News

Weather-related truck ban on Pennsylvania interstates begins at 8 p.m. on Tuesday
Pennsylvania is expecting another major winter storm, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike is taking appropriate precautions. Trucks, trailers and other vehicles will be banned from certain parts of the turnpike beginning 8 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

Tandem Thoughts:  Key information in NTSB reports lost in translation
The NTSB recently released a report about a June 2016 crash in Kansas that killed six people. Associate Editor Mark Schremmer says that while an NTSB news release focused on the need for a collision avoidance system on the truck, many important details from the actual NTSB report were omitted.

Utah Legislature approves plan to permit tolling roads
The prospect of toll roads around the state of Utah is one step away from becoming a reality. Utah law already permits the use of tolls to cover state expenses. Tolling authority, however, is limited to new roads. The Legislature has approved a bill to expand the state’s authority to collect tolls on any roadway.

Trucks carry smaller share of NAFTA freight in 2017 but still haul most of it
As negotiators continue to determine the fate of the North American Free Trade Agreement, freight between the three countries has been strong. According to stats recently released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the share of freight moved by trucks in 2017 fell from the previous year, but still accounted for the majority of North American freight.

Tandem Thoughts:  ATA shows its chameleon tendencies at its May leadership meeting
Do you really think #REALtruckers are at the ATA’s meeting on Marco Island, Fla.?

Utah man charged with obtaining CDL with someone else's identity
A Utah man is facing charges for attempting to fraudulently obtain a commercial driver’s license by using another man’s identity, according a U.S. Department of Transportation news release.

FMCSA declares Kentucky truck driver an imminent hazard
A driver licensed in Kentucky has been declared an imminent hazard to the public by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for being found driving with a suspended commercial driver’s license, hours-of-service violations and having drug paraphernalia.

Watch out, Louisville! OOIDA's The Spirit is headed to MATS
There’s only one place for OOIDA’s tour truck, The Spirit of the American Trucker, to be March 22-24, and that’s at the Mid-America Trucking Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Hot Topics

OOIDA files lawsuit against Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for excessive tolls
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the National Motorists Association have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for what they say are excessive toll increases that place an undue burden on interstate commerce. Additionally, the lawsuit claims toll revenue has been diverted to projects unrelated to the turnpike.

MATS kicks off Thursday, March 22
The Mid-America Trucking Show is the largest annual trucking event in the U.S., and it starts next week in Louisville, Ky.

OOIDA asks members to register to attend celebration of life for Jim Johnston
On March 23, members of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will be joining together to celebrate the life and career of the Association’s late President and CEO Jim Johnston.

Tandem Thoughts:  What can the Florida bridge collapse mean for the infrastructure bill?
A Florida bridge for pedestrians killed six people after it collapsed on March 15. This happened during a time when the White House is trying to pass an infrastructure bill. Can this incident cause some problems for President Trump's proposed infrastructure plan?

OOIDA leads charge to reform hours of service
Countering a trend of increasing rigidness in regulations that subsequently are not improving the crash rates on the highways, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a petition on Tuesday calling for a reform of the hours-of-service regulations.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

March 20, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
It’s crunch time for filing your taxes. It may be a good idea to delay filing, and it can be easy to do. Mark Reddig talks with Shasta May of MBA Tax and Bookkeeping Service. Terry Scruton gets an update on state efforts on truck platooning from Land Line’s Keith Goble and OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Mike Matousek. Mark Reddig gets the latest on the issue of nonconsensual towing from Matousek.


Land Line Now online:  A look at the week ahead
Another busy week for trucking issues currently on the fringe. We’re expecting action on spending, mileage pay, speed limiters, ELDs, truck weight and more. Mark Reddig talks with Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  Economic roller coaster starts to level out
While the stock market has seen its share of ups and downs this year, the overall economic outlook has been a lot steadier. Terry Scruton talks with Steve Freidell of Central States Capital.

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