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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Daily News

Storm system threatens mudslides in areas devastated by California fires
In addition to the destruction cause by the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire, including road closures, expected rain for the rest of the week can exacerbate the effects. Potential mudslides in affected areas could lead to more structural and infrastructure damage, causing more problems for rescue crews.

Tandem Thoughts:  The Birds have landed
Hailed as the newest form of cheap, efficient inner-city transportation, scooters are glorified toys that are causing a whole lot of cities a whole lot of trouble.

September NAFTA freight marks largest month-to-month decrease since December 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in September trucks moved more than 62 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. All five modes experienced an increase in freight year-to-year for the fifth consecutive month.

FMCSA makes new diabetes assessment form available
FMCSA’s new Insulin-Treated Diabetes Assessment Form (MCSA-5870) is now available. The agency posted the form on Nov. 20, the day after the public comment period ended.

Minnesota speed limit increases continue
A 5-year-old legislative mandate has resulted in 16 more two-lane highway segments with higher speed limits posted. Increases from 55 mph to 60 mph now are in place on highways in southwest and southeast Minnesota. Already this year, speed increases have been posted on nearly 30 state highways.

Hot Topics

FMCSA, OOIDA leaders work together to address trucking's top issues
There is no better way to influence change than a face-to-face meeting with a decision maker. During the OOIDA Board of Directors fall meetings on Friday, Nov. 16, more than two dozen truck drivers from across the nation directly conveyed their concerns regarding the industry to FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez.

President Trump said he plans to nominate Wheeler as permanent EPA chief
President Donald Trump said he will nominate Andrew Wheeler to be the permanent administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, several media outlets reported on Friday, Nov. 16.

Tandem Thoughts:  Truckers raise millions for Special Olympics
Since 2001, truck drivers have helped generate millions of dollars for Special Olympics. The 2018 truck convoy in Joplin, Mo., raised more than $190,000 alone.

Connecticut DOT issues report weighing tolls on all vehicles, not just trucks
Joining a growing list of states considering tolls, the Connecticut Department of Transportation has recently released a report that proposes all-electronic tolls on all vehicle types, which could raise nearly $1 billion each year. The DOT study is separate from the $10 million study commissioned by Gov. Dannel Malloy. Gov.-elect Ned Lamont campaigned on tolling only heavy vehicles.

Catch The Spirit in Oklahoma City, and maybe check out the cowboy museum
Oklahoma City’s calling the Spirit of the American Trucker south from OOIDA headquarters, where Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, has been catching up directors and staff at the OOIDA fall board meetings.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Nov. 20, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
The mayor of a Utah community who died in Afghanistan left an important message for his fellow Americans. We’ll have that, plus states preparing for a road-funding debate, a college providing financial help to prospective truckers, a trucker who bought dinner for a busload of veterans, the impact of automated vehicles on working people, and a major change in the Senate.


Land Line Now online:  What's next on hours of service?
Two top officials from FMCSA discuss what’s next on hours of service. Also tonight: glider kits have their own special insurance requirements, and we’ll bring you some of the federal issues discussed at the OOIDA Board of Directors meeting.

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