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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Daily News

Babin details motivation behind ELD delay bill to Land Line Now
Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, who introduced the ELD Extension Act of 2017 on Tuesday, talked to Land Line Now about what compelled him to sponsor the legislation.

Trump signs executive order establishing infrastructure advisory council
President Trump’s plans for an infrastructure overhaul are moving along. On Thursday, July 20, Trump signed an executive order establishing a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure within the Department of Commerce.

House subcommittee passes landmark federal autonomous vehicle legislation
The road to self-driving cars on the nation’s highways is starting to be paved. On Wednesday, July 19, the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection unanimously passed legislation to the full committee that will allow thousands of highly automated vehicles to deploy while preventing states from imposing their own laws.

Update: New rules for HHG movers approved in three states
Operations of household good movers are the subject of new laws from Arizona to West Virginia.

DAT Solutions: Hot July continues on MembersEdge
The spot freight market went back to work last week and recovered from a four-day holiday as the number of posted loads on DAT MembersEdge increased 35 percent. Truck posts added 28 percent, a sign that truckers returned to their full-time schedules.

Hot Topics

OOIDA to Wisconsin lawmaker: Another truck tax is 'unreasonable and inappropriate'
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is adamantly opposed to a plan floating around the Wisconsin statehouse to add another fee for professional drivers.

Tandem Thoughts:  FMCSA not exactly rockin' that ELD National Tour
The word is FMCSA’s National ELD Tour bombed at Walcott last week. Only a dozen fans showed up at the Iowa 80 for the event.

California Legislature advances new CDL training requirements
A bill nearing completion in the California Legislature is intended to improve safety on the state’s roadways by implementing new federal commercial driver regulations. Additional truck driver safety requirements would also be added.

EEOC says Florida is proper venue for lawsuit against CRST
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argued on July 7 in a memorandum to a Florida federal court that its lawsuit against CRST Expedited was filed in the proper venue. EEOC is working on behalf of military veteran Leon Laferriere, who claims that CRST rescinded its job offer to him in June 2015 because of his request to drive with a service dog.

Judge sentences ex-truck insurance CEO Womack to federal prison, restitution
A federal judge has ordered the former CEO of a commercial trucking insurance company to spend the next 18 months in prison and to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution for impeding the work of the IRS by lying under oath about her Cayman Islands businesses, which were used in a scheme to hide millions of dollars in secret offshore accounts.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

July 20, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
We’ll hear from the man who introduced a bill to delay the ELD mandate, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin of Texas. We’ll also have information about options for making your wheels look better; and states trying to protect good Samaritans who help children and pets left in hot cars.


Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report – Bill would delay ELD mandate
A bill introduced earlier this week in the U.S. House would delay the deadline to install an electronic logging device by two years. Mark Reddig discusses the ins and outs, as well as the ultimate goal, with OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.

Land Line Now online:  Everyone wants an ELD exemption
Organizations, industry segments and companies are coming out of the woodwork asking for exemptions to the upcoming requirement for truckers to have an electronic logging device. Terry Scruton gets an ELD update from OOIDA Manager of Federal Affairs Jay Grimes.

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