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Monday, December 11, 2017

Daily News

Analysis: A new hope for hours of service?
One could easily say 2017 kicked off the era of Knock Out Bad Regs. A number of burdensome regulations have been withdrawn or shoved to the back burner in the new age of regulatory reform ushered in by the Trump administration.

Ohio bill continues pursuit to nix ticket cameras
If an Ohio state lawmaker gets his way, communities around the state would have to back up the claim that ticket cameras are more about safety than they are about profit. The bill would require all revenue from red-light and speed cameras to be deducted from municipalities’ state aid payments.

EPA seeks comments on emissions requirements repeal through Jan. 5
Public comments regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to repeal emissions requirements for glider kits will be accepted through Jan. 5.

Owner of Washington DOT drug screening company pleads guilty to fake lab reports
The owner of a drug screening company has been charged with and pleaded guilty to counts of mail fraud for her role in a scheme involving fraudulent drug tests companies paid her to conduct honestly, according to court documents.

Tandem Thoughts:  An exceptional ELD exemption
Thanks to an ELD exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, RDS drivers can exceed their driving hours in a pinch virtually without consequences. RDS drivers will retain the wiggle room the rest of us are about to lose with ELDs. Contributing Editor-at-Large John Bendel breaks it down.

Trucking sector gains jobs in November
Transportation jobs overall scored a 10th consecutive month of job gains in November. The transport sector netted 10,500 jobs to the economy. Trucking jobs went up moderately after two months of minor declines.

MATS 2018: Free early bird registration now open
Make plans now to attend the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Peterbilt SuperFans have until Dec. 22 to sign up for chance at new truck
Peterbilt is searching for five SuperFans to help it celebrate having produced 1 million trucks. The company expects to reach that milestone in mid-January. As part of its celebration, Peterbilt is searching for five SuperFans, one of which will win a specially tricked-out Peterbilt Model 567 Heritage truck.

Diesel prices maintain a slight downward trajectory
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went down 1.2 cents to $2.91 per gallon for the week ending Monday, Dec. 11. This marks the second consecutive decrease after a short-lived increase two weeks ago.

Hot Topics

Senators, horse group push for livestock exemptions and delays for ELDs
The deadline for compliance with a mandate requiring electronic logging devices on commercial trucks is less than two weeks away, but that hasn’t slowed the stream of requests for delays and exemptions to the rule.

FMCSA's Certified Medical Examiner website remains down
As of Friday, Dec. 8, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners website had been down for about a week. The site allows commercial drivers to confirm which doctors are on the national registry to perform Department of Transportation physicals.

Texas trucking owner, DPS officer plead guilty to inspection bribery
A Texas man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations of successfully bribing a Texas DPS trooper to receive favorable Level 1 safety inspections, federal court documents reveal.

Wisconsin becomes 15th state to permit 550-pound APU exemption
In an effort to encourage more truck drivers to stop idling, a new law in Wisconsin raises the allowable weight limit for trucks. Specifically, the state’s exemption for APU has increased from 400 pounds to 550 pounds.

OOIDA sends letter to state attorneys general outlining ELD mandate enforcement issues
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is sending an advisory letter to state attorneys general outlining potential issues with enforcing the upcoming mandate on electronic logs.

Open enrollment for health insurance ends Dec. 15.
The deadline to purchase health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is one week away.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Dec. 11, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
Christmas season is upon us, and for most folks, the season wouldn’t be the same without that time-honored tradition known as the Christmas tree. Terry Scruton has some feel-good stories. And your personal record can affect your truck rates. Terry finds out more from Trina McIntyre and Stacey Sanders of OOIDA’s Truck Insurance Department. Finally, there’s no government shutdown, for now. Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office tells us what that means for trucking.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report - The latest debate on automation
The debate over autonomous vehicles in trucking isn’t just about the tech – it’s about the jobs. Those jobs were front and center last week in our nation’s capital. Mark Reddig talks about the issue with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  'Tis the season
It’s the holiday season, and if you haven’t found the perfect gift for everyone on your list just yet, the folks from Land Line Magazine are here to help. Terry Scruton talks with Digital Content Editor Greg Grisolano and Staff Writer Tyson Fisher.

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