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Monday, November 12, 2018

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Wildfires in California causing death and destruction
The wildfire situation in California dramatically worsened over the weekend, with the Camp Fire in Butte County becoming both the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history. In addition to the death and destruction caused by the wildfires, more road closures and evacuations are in effect for the region.

Appellate court finds broker's noncompete clause 'unreasonable'
The Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas recently ruled in favor of a trucking company that was sued by a broker for breach of contract. Appellate judges found that a non-compete clause was not enforceable by way of being unreasonable.

OOIDA offers class for those thinking about becoming owner-operators
OOIDA offers a class to help drivers interested in becoming an owner-operator get started. 2½-day intensive training for those ready to take their first steps toward becoming an owner-operator.

Applications for 2019 OOIDA scholarship due by Feb. 1
Since the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Program launched in 1998, it has contributed $315,000 to 100 awardees. Soon, a new class of students will benefit from the program aimed at assisting the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members receive a higher education.

Hot Topics

OOIDA Board Member Steve Davenport, 70, dies at home
OOIDA life member Steve Davenport, 70, of Lewisville, Texas, died unexpectedly on Nov. 8, 2018, of natural causes at his home. He was a member of the OOIDA Board of Directors since 2011.

More steps needed before hair testing would be mandated, HHS confirms
Despite media reports to the contrary, a recent opioid bill signed into law by President Donald Trump doesn’t mean truck drivers will be required to submit to hair testing for controlled substances.

Tandem Thoughts:  OOIDA's Todd Spencer: There's no mandate for hair-testing
OOIDA President Todd Spencer sets the record straight on the effectiveness of hair-testing in determining substance abuse.

Pair of mega-fleet carriers fined by EPA for violating California emissions rule
Two mega-fleet carriers operating in California have settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating air pollution laws. With combined penalties, the companies will pay about $800,000.

Manitoba cracks down on distracted driving with stiffer penalties and fines
As governments look for ways to combat distracted driving, Manitoba recently decided to take a more strict approach to penalties for existing laws. Effective since Nov. 1, motorists caught using a handheld device while driving in the Canadian province will face stiffer penalties, including a license suspension for the first offense. Fines have more than tripled.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Nov. 12, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
A figure frequently cited by officials who want more tax money from truckers may not be so accurate. We’ll have that, plus the latest on automated vehicles, advocacy and what happens behind the scenes, and how the election may affect transportation.


Land Line Now online:  Truckers for Troops Telethon Day 5
It’s Day 5 of the 2018 OOIDA Truckers for Troops Telethon. Also on the program: Helping vets take care of their own families during the holidays, a facility that provides a temporary home for family members of veterans while those vets are receiving medical treatment, and why a Barbie doll is a good thing to include in a care packages for veterans.

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