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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Daily News

Americans split on fuel tax increase; Trump praises Oregon's VMT tax
Now that President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan has been revealed, the next question is “How do we pay for it?” A recent poll reveals Americans are evenly split on a fuel tax increase. Meanwhile, Trump praised Oregon’s mileage tax program in his economic report released on Wednesday.

Tandem Thoughts:  The bogus 'toll-the-interstates' solution
Everyone agrees America's roads need fixing, and pronto. But the Trump administration's preferred funding solution of expanding toll roads is one that's a tried-and-true failure, writes Contributing Editor-at-Large John Bendel.

Mississippi lawmakers move forward with plans to fund road and bridge work
Transportation funding continues to receive a lot of attention at the Mississippi statehouse. Multiple bills halfway through the Legislature take different approaches to address a projected $400 million annual shortfall.

Tennessee Tech president pulls back emissions study until peer review is conducted
The president of Tennessee Tech has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to withhold any use or reference of the university’s study on the environmental impact of glider kits until a peer review is conducted.

Ex-trucking school director gets continuance in fraud trial
A U.S. District judge granted a continuance for an Arizona truck driving school’s former director, who is accused of embezzling more than $900,000.

DAT Solutions: Spot van and reefer rates slip
The number of load posts on DAT MembersEdge held steady during the week ending Feb. 17, and volumes remain higher than they were a month ago.

Hot Topics

Ohio DOT taking comments regarding closure of rest area with truck parking
Despite the increasing issues surrounding the lack of truck parking, another rest area may close soon. The Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking comments on a rest area closure located at Interstate 77 northbound in Washington County.

CARB to block DMV registration on noncompliant trucks in 2020
Trucks subject to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) truck and bus regulations will need to meet “health-based requirements” of those regulations in order to obtain Department of Motor Vehicles registration in 2020, CARB has recently announced.

Deadline draws near for comments on SikhsPAC ELD exemption request
One week remains to file comments on an exemption to the electronic logging device mandate for Sikh truckers who haul agricultural commodities.

Kentucky lawmaker asks U.S. DOT to expand ELD exemptions for horse show industry
Kentucky lawmakers will consider a resolution asking for federal regulators to expand the exemptions for the electronic logging device mandate for individuals in the horse showing industry.

Tandem Thoughts:  Peterbilt introduces the new mega sleeper
The Peterbilt 579 UltraLoft Sleeper has room to stand up, room to sprawl out and room for storage. Even better, there's room for a portable potty.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Feb. 22, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
OOIDA has filed comments on issues such as using trucks as a personal conveyance and agricultural commodities and ELDs. We’ll have that, plus information about allowing tolls on all Utah roads, toll action in Maine, and the California Highway Patrol adopting the federal ELD rule.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  The hours of service debate
OOIDA’s proposal to modify the hours of service has sparked quite a bit of reaction on all sides of the question. Mark Reddig gets an update on the proposal and the reaction from OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Mike Matousek.

Land Line Now online:  Dissecting the new infrastructure plan
The president finally unveiled his long-awaited plan for fixing our nation’s infrastructure. Terry Scruton takes an in-depth look at that plan with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

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