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Friday, June 22, 2018

Daily News

Four lawmakers request investigation into alleged collusion regarding EPA's glider rule
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general, four members of Congress requested an investigation into whether members of the EPA colluded with Volvo lobbyists in an attempt to influence the agency to prohibit the use of glider kits.

New HOS reform bill introduced in Congress
A new bill introduced in Congress on Friday aims to provide some very narrow reforms to the hours of service regulations that would mostly benefit short-haul operations.

Several states considering moves that could affect truck parking
From California to Pennsylvania, several states addressed truck parking over the past several days. Actions include a parking information system, a public-private partnership, and one state wants to eliminate and eventually relocate 279 truck parking spaces.

Election 2018:  Supreme Court sides with Ohio on voter rule; registration deadlines loom
A decision handed down recently by the U.S. Supreme Court is a good reminder to professional drivers about the importance of staying in the loop and voting. The nation’s highest court ruled in favor of the state of Ohio in a challenge to whether the state can remove a registrant if they fail to vote in consecutive federal elections, they fail to mail back a return card from the state or update their information online, and then fail to vote for an additional four years.

U.S. Appeals Court orders new sentencing hearing for D.C. sniper Malvo
A three-judge federal appeals court panel is ordering new sentencing hearings for Lee Boyd Malvo, one half of a duo who terrorized commuters on the Beltway more than a decade ago by carrying out a series of random, drive-by shootings of unsuspecting motorists.

FMCSA's Medical Review Board to meet June 25-26
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board will conduct a public meeting June 25-26 in Arlington, Va., to finalize their recommendations for the agency’s handbook for certified medical examiners.

Bridge hit by trucks on I-95 in Connecticut to be raised by more than 2 feet
A bridge over Interstate 95 in Connecticut known for getting struck by trucks is getting a much needed makeover. The Connecticut Department of Transportation has given the green light for a project that will raise the bridge by more than two feet.

Pennsylvania legislature nears approval of speed cameras
Authorization of speed-enforcement cameras in Pennsylvania is nearing passage at the statehouse. The amended bill would set up a five-year pilot program for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Commission to post speed cameras in active work zones on interstates and federal aid highways. The bill would also authorize the use of ticket cameras along U.S. 1, or Roosevelt Boulevard for five years.

Hot Topics

OOIDA: California bill would deter 'mistreatment' of truckers
One bill halfway through the statehouse is intended to deter shippers from using port drayage motor carriers who have unpaid wage, tax, and worker’s compensation liabilities. The bill would require joint and several liability for customers who contract with such port drayage carriers.

Concrete operations seek to harmonize HOS rules across the industry
Taking aim at conflicting hours-of-service requirements with varying on-duty time allowed, a national association of concrete pumping operations is seeking an exemption to extend on-duty time to 14 hours.

Former warehouse manager sentenced for illegal transportation of hazardous materials
A former warehouse manager of an Ohio-based manufacturer and distributor of smoking accessories and “alternative lifestyle products” has been sentenced for illegally transporting hazardous material, according to federal court documents. The company was fined earlier this year.

FMCSA formally extends compliance dates for medical examiner's certification rule
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an interim final rule that delays several provisions of the medical examiner’s certification integration final rule from June 22, 2018 until June 22, 2021.

Wyoming Supreme Court rules parked CRST truck was 'proximate cause' of fatal crash
A decision by the Wyoming Supreme Court means CRST International must stand trial in connection with a wrongful death suit involving a motorist who died in 2014 after crashing into a parked truck in Utah.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

June 22, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
A Nevada town has put out the welcome mat for truckers, including plans to address truck parking. We’ll have that, plus: a running truck parking problem in Virginia; and a suit against a major carrier over meal and rest breaks.


Land Line Now online:  Autonomous trucks a ways off
Earlier this week, the FMCSA heard from the public about the transition to autonomous vehicles. We’ll have that, plus: another delay involving certified medical examiners; an ELD waiver for fireworks haulers; Oklahoma plans or a fuel tax increase; upcoming truck shows; state sales taxes on internet sales; and a delay for TWIC card readers.

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