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Monday, April 23, 2018

Daily News

FMCSA says investigation shows no personal information exposed during website hack
An investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Security Operations Center determined there is “conclusive evidence” that no personal information was exposed when the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website was hacked on Dec. 1.

Tandem Thoughts:  Missouri Court of Appeals declares warrantless ECM download a no-no
In Missouri, even if you're a semi-truck driver involved in an accident that kills someone, prosecutors can't use ECM data against you unless officers at the scene suspect contraband was used. So says the Missouri Court of Appeals.

New Jersey Senate approves bill to give public greater say on Turnpike Authority happenings
One bill hallway through the New Jersey statehouse is intended to give south New Jersey residents more of a say in happenings at the Turnpike Authority. The authority oversees the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.

Diesel prices across the U.S. rise an average of 3 cents
While last Monday the average U.S. price for a gallon of diesel went up negligibly. This Monday, there is nothing shy about a 6.1-cent increase.

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Tennessee 'defunds' ELD enforcement on ag haulers operating under federal waiver
With a swipe of the pen, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law on April 18 that strips enforcement funding of the electronic logging mandate for in-state agriculture operations – that are currently exempt from enforcement thanks to a federal waiver. The new law does not change the status quo.

Nebraska approves higher speed limits; other states consider changes
A new law in Nebraska could result in changes to posted speeds on many highways. The Cornhusker State is not alone in its pursuit this year to enact speed changes.

CARB fines two mega carriers for noncompliance
Two mega carriers, Marten Logistics and Roadrunner Transportation Systems, have been fined by the California Air Resources Board for not complying with the Golden State’s Truck and Bus Regulation, according to a news release. One company was fined six figures.

Trucker in deadly 2017 smuggling case receives life sentences
A federal judge is ordering a Kentucky trucker to spend the rest of his life in prison for the driver’s role in transporting dozens of undocumented immigrants who died in a horrific tractor-trailer ride from Laredo, Texas, to San Antonio.

Tandem Thoughts:  Government research should study inefficiencies of government research
A recent study on truck size and weight references about a half dozen similar studies as far back as 1981. At what point does government research go from necessary to outrageous, repetitive and a complete waste of time and money?

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

April 23, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
This week, we bring you a series of tributes to OOIDA’s longtime president and CEO, Jim Johnston, starting with an interview with him and the man who preceded him as OOIDA president – Al Hannah – about the Association’s founding. Also, we’ll tell you about Land Line Magazine’s newest staff member, Wendy Parker of the George and Wendy Show, and a U.S. House bill that could affect how you are paid.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report – Meal and rest break provision back again
The House Rules Committee has announced it will start discussion of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill next week. What does that have to do with trucks? Terry Scruton finds out from Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  Dump truck ops - what you need to know
Terry Scruton continues a conversation on specialty operations and the specialty insurance that goes with them. He talks with Trina McIntyre and Stacey Sanders of OOIDA’s Truck Insurance Department.

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