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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Daily News

Pair of bills would reverse per diem changes to tax code
Lawmakers recently introduced bills in the U.S. House and Senate aimed at reversing per diem changes to the tax code that affected employee truck drivers.

More than 1,000 local officials urge Congress to oppose bigger trucks
More than 1,000 local government leaders sent a letter to Congress opposing bigger tractor-trailers, joining OOIDA and other industry stakeholders.

2019 OOIDA scholarship recipients announced
For more than 20 years, the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund has helped the children, grandchildren or legal dependents of OOIDA members pay for higher education.

Female trucker receives settlement for sex discrimination suit
A South Carolina company has settled a lawsuit with a female trucker who claimed the company denied her employment due to her sex.

Report identifies 10 highway segments that should be completely removed
Repairing interstates has proven to be expensive. So what if we just got rid of some them? One group argues that’s actually a feasible idea in some cities.

UPDATED:  Ticket camera rule changes approved, pursued in six states
State legislatures around the country continue to discuss and take action on the use of automated cameras to ticket drivers.

The Spirit returns to Vero Beach, Fla.
The Spirit comes back to Vero Beach, Fla., next week on April 22-25, where drivers can smell ocean breezes and with a little effort walk along the Atlantic.

Hot Topics

OOIDA, Missouri Trucking Association work to pass towing bill
OOIDA and the Missouri Trucking Association work to pass a towing bill to rein in fees for a nonconsensual tow that can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

OOIDA says GAO report confirms data doesn't back underride mandate
A day after the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a 46-page report on truck underride guards, OOIDA says the data do not justify a mandate.

Tractor trailer loses two wheels days after similar event kills Maine trooper
Tandem wheels come off a second semitrailer in New Hampshire, this time only a week after a Maine state trooper was killed by a loose wheel.

Speed limit changes approved, pursued in five states
Legislators seek to boost speed limits for all in some states. Elsewhere, lawmakers want to remove or enact speed limit differentials for cars and trucks.

Two states pursue mandates for snow and ice removal
Two northeastern state legislatures are considering mandates to remove snow and ice from car and truck tops. A similar effort failed in a third state.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

April 18, 2019 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
The government’s internal watchdog says that FMCSA does not have enough data about – or even a proper definition of – underride-related accidents. Lawmakers in five states take action on left lane use. More and more truckers are finding themselves forced into sleep apnea testing. And we have clarification on personal conveyance.


Land Line Now online:  Lower rates for vans and reefers
Mother Nature is still playing havoc with freight trends, meaning lower rates for vans and reefers. Also, we introduce you to the newest recipients of the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship. The price of diesel jumped 3 cents as U.S. stockpiles of crude fell 1.4 billion barrels. And the Washington state DOT is working on a plan to increase truck parking near North Bend.

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