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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Daily News

Truckers unite to throw birthday party for truck enthusiast with cerebral palsy
Truck drivers from across the nation are uniting to celebrate the birthday of a teenager who suffers from Dandy-Walker Syndrome, cerebral palsy and seizures.

Election 2018:  Missouri judge rules vote on 10-cent fuel tax increase can move forward
The state of Missouri was given the go-ahead this week to include a question on the November statewide ballot to allow voters to decide whether they want to tax themselves to help cover transportation-related costs. Challenges to the tax question, however, may not be over.

Court rules truck stop shower not in 'course of employment' in workers' comp case
A Superior Court of New Jersey appellate court panel has reversed a Judge of Workers’ Compensation’s decision in favor of a trucker who filed a claim after sustaining injuries at a truck stop due to a fall in the shower area. The appellate court denied the driver’s request for workers’ comp, stating that taking a shower was not part of his course of employment.

DAT Solutions:  Spot freight rates slide again
Last week, the national average van rate on DAT MembersEdge gave up 6 cents, the fifth straight week of declines for spot truckload van freight. Likewise, the national flatbed rate dipped 6 cents and the reefer rate slipped 3 cents compared to the previous week.

OOIDA's touring tractor-trailer heads to the Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show
For the weekend, OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, The Spirit of the American Trucker, rolls into the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds for the ninth annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show.

Hot Topics

FMCSA moves toward reform of hours-of-service regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing changes to the hours-of-service regulations.

SunPass clears transaction backlog; governor orders investigation into contractor
The Florida Department of Transportation recently announced that the entire backlog of SunPass toll transactions has been processed and that the contractor is on the hook for approximately $800,000. With that part of the problem out of the way, Gov. Rick Scott directed FDOT to launch an investigation into the contractor.

New Jersey lawmaker pursues 'fact-based' speed limit
If a New Jersey state legislator gets his way, how speed limits are set on the state’s busiest roadways would be overhauled. The bill from Sen. Declan O’Scanlon would change the formula for setting speed limits. Specifically, speed limits on limited access highways that include the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway would be set using the 85th percentile formula.

Judge decertifies class in J.B. Hunt wage case
A federal judge has decertified a class of more than 11,000 truck drivers who accuse J.B. Hunt Transport of failing to pay them minimum wage and for meals and rest breaks.

Daimler Trucks recalls more than 45,000 Cascadias over instrument panel issue
Daimler Trucks North America is recalling more than 45,000 Freightliner Cascadia trucks for issues with the instrument panel, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall documents.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Aug. 16, 2018 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
The Federal Highway Administration is slowly moving toward addressing the truck parking issue. We’ll have that, plus the latest on hours of service, the difference one vote has made in several elections, and problems with the UCR system.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  More evidence that hours-of-service reform is coming
We’ll bring some order to chaos in the economy, tariffs and other factors. Also today, freight and rates take a hit, diesel prices continue to slide, a government notice indicates change is on the way for hours of service, and the part trucking plays in holding up an FAA bill.

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