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Friday, September 21, 2018

Daily News

Prosecutor won't press charges against state workers in HELP Inc. conflict of interest audit
A Missouri prosecutor will not press charges related to allegations of conflicts of interest between state agencies and HELP Inc., the parent company of PrePass.

UPDATED:  SCDOT closes I-95 due to flooding
Nearly a week after making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane, the impact of Florence is still being felt throughout the Carolinas as road closures and flooding continue to threaten homes and lives.

GBATS, OOIDA 45th anniversary party almost here
The 10th annual Guilty By Association Truck Show and OOIDA 45th anniversary party is less than a week away. OOIDA and 4 State Trucks have partnered to present GBATS from Sept. 27-29 in Joplin, Mo.

Special Olympics truck convoys keep rolling with event in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The dollars will continue to roll in for the Special Olympics this weekend, and the organization has truck drivers to thank for it. The 16th annual Truck Convoy for Special Olympics South Dakota will be Saturday, Sept. 22 in Sioux Falls, S.D. Last year, the convoy garnered 202 trucks and raised $64,000. Organizers are optimistic they can generate even better totals this year.

New Illinois law to end Chicago police ticket quotas
A new law in Illinois soon will bar Chicago police from going on ticket-writing sprees. A 4-year-old law has forbidden any requirement “to issue a specific number of citations within a designated period of time.” An exception was made for police in the city of Chicago.

Tandem Thoughts:  Truck-only toll hikes are infuriating, but I admire Todd Spencer's restraint
While tolls and toll increases that single out professional truck drivers are infuriating, we need cool heads and restraint in the fight for the rights of all truckers.

DAT Solutions:  High-pressure system – Florence pushes up rates in the Southeast
While the winds of Hurricane Florence have subsided, the effects will be felt for months to come. More than 30 people have died in storm-related incidents, and several towns remain flooded or cut off with no road access in or out.

Hot Topics

OOIDA calls out Indiana's 'discriminatory' truck-only toll plan, asks for public review
Calling the plan to implement a 35 percent truck only toll increase in Indiana “ill-advised,” “burdensome and discriminatory,” Todd Spencer, president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, asked Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to pump the brakes on the plan.

Senate bill asks for explanation on delay of guidelines for hair testing
The Senate has passed a bill with a provision that requires Health and Human Services to issue an explanation for why hair testing guidelines for truck drivers haven’t been issued. Senators approved the Fighting Opioid Abuse in Transportation Act, S2848, by a vote of 99-1 on Sept. 17. The bill, which also aims to address railroad drug and alcohol testing regulations, still needs to be approved by the House before it can become law.

Election 2018:  Utah voters to weigh in on increased fuel tax for education use
Voters throughout Utah will weigh in this fall on whether they would be willing to pay more at the pump to support schools. Specifically, Nonbinding Opinion Question 1 will be used to gauge voter support for a 10-cent increase in the state’s fuel tax to help cover costs to increase salaries for teachers and support staff.

Tandem Thoughts:  Just like Noah's Ark, trucker rescues animals from flood
An OOIDA member from Tennessee bought a school bus as part of his mission to rescue animals from the floodwaters created by Hurricane Florence.

Analysis:  FMCSA finally loosens regulatory grip on insulin-dependent diabetics
It’s taken more than a decade, but the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cut the last bit of regulatory red tape that stood between insulin-dependent diabetics and a life on the road behind the wheel of a truck.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Sept. 21, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
We’ll go over taxes and fees truckers have to pay just to move down the road. Also tonight: the problems livestock haulers say they face and details of a U.S. DOT final rule that significantly eased life for insulin-dependent diabetics.

LAND LINE NOW

The feds want your opinion on hours of service
The FMCSA wants to hear from truckers in a number of upcoming listening sessions. Also tonight: Michigan may make it expensive to bypass a weigh station, a possible fuel tax for education in Utah, information about upcoming truck shows, and the story behind California’s adoption of the ELD regulation.

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