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Monday, September 17, 2018

Daily News

FMCSA schedules next HOS listening session for Sept. 22 in Reno, Nev.
The next public listening session concerning potential changes to its hours-of-service rules for truck drivers is happening soon.

FLORENCE UPDATE:  Death toll, floodwaters from Hurricane Florence continue to rise
The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to 20, including a 1-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters on Sunday. Evacuation and rescue efforts remain underway in the Carolinas on Monday as thousands of residents are still without power. The state of North Carolina issued a bulletin urging travelers to stay off the road unless they are evacuating.

Michigan bill would boost fine for bypassing weigh station
One bill nearing passage at the Michigan statehouse would more than double fines for bypassing a weigh station. Failure to stop at a weigh station or scale would be classified as a civil infraction instead of a misdemeanor. The distinction would result in a fine of as much as $250 – up from a maximum $100.

Head to BETO Junction to catch up with The Spirit
You can find OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer at BETO Junction, an hour or so southwest of the Kansas City metroplex.

Hot Topics

Indiana governor says truck toll not a tax; OOIDA says boycott the toll road
Less than two weeks after announcing a $1 billion infrastructure plan funded by a truck-only toll, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently addressed the trucking industry’s concerns. Long story short: He says it is not a tax on truckers. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says “that’s exactly what he’s doing.”

CVSA's Brake Safety Week begins Sunday
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week starts Sunday. It is scheduled for Sept. 16-22.

Tandem Thoughts:  Meet Volvo's Vera – she's kind of cute
If you want to see what a truly driverless truck looks like, check out Vera. Developed by Volvo Trucks in Sweden, and it couldn't be more driverless. There is no cab, and there are no manual controls. Vera consists of an electric motor and drivetrain on four wheels. Contributing Editor-at-Large John Bendel investigates the implications of this “headless horseman” design.

OOIDA testifies in support of gliders as affordable option for small-business truckers
The regulation of glider trucks is a perfect example of how small-business owners often pay the biggest price for hasty policies, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association testified during a House subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey bill would shield drivers from camera enforcement efforts
A new bill in New Jersey is intended to limit the effect of red-light and speed cameras. The bill would prohibit the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission from providing identifying information for New Jersey licensed drivers to camera enforcement entities in other states.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Sept. 17, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
We’ll tell you the interesting history of the truck stop along Interstate 75 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Also today: the reason behind recent increases in insurance costs, and a trucking provision once again holds up an aviation bill.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  OOIDA testifies in favor of glider kits
OOIDA was on Capitol Hill to testify before a congressional committee on the need for glider kits. We have a follow up to the hearing. Jon Osburn, skipper of the Spirit of the American Trucker, is at OOIDA headquarters, but he’s recently spent time at truck shows. He’ll share what he’s been up to. House and Senate panels have begun negotiations on a number of appropriations bills, including transportation. Jay Grimes in OOIDA’s Washington, D.C. office tells us more.

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Land Line Magazine is the business magazine for professional truckers and the official publication of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (www.ooida.com). Editorial policy encompasses informing truckers, the trucking industry and various government agencies about issues related to the industry. News and feature articles are designed to keep professional truckers updated on legislation, industry activities and trends. Land Line Magazine has a direct mail circulation of more than 214,000 that includes owner-operators, small fleet owners and professional drivers.*

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