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Friday, June 23, 2017

Daily News

Ohio bill seeks to reduce cost of insuring young CDL holders
A bill introduced in the Ohio House on Wednesday, June 21, seeks to figure out how to reduce the cost of insuring young commercial drivers. There would be a committee formed to sort out the details. There is one problem, according to OOIDA: They need trucking and trucking insurance represented.

Ex-Texas trooper pleads guilty to taking bribes for favorable inspections
A former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant admitted in federal court to accepting bribes from a Dallas trucking company in exchange for favorable inspections of the fleet.

Michigan law enforcement targeting truckers for next several weeks
Law enforcement officers in Michigan will be focusing their attention on truckers starting Monday, June 26, as part of an operation called Summer of Semi Safe D. The operation will look for unsafe driver behaviors by truckers as a response to an increase in fatalities involving commercial vehicles.

July 1 marks new West Virginia rules on HHG movers, overweight permits
In about one week there will be two new laws in West Virginia that cover rules related to trucking. The laws make changes to how new household moving companies can start up in the state and overweight load permitting and restrictions.

Health Pavilion at GATS to feature more than a dozen free screenings
Despite what is going on with the current healthcare debate, staying healthy is always the way to go. The Landstar Fit for the Road Health and Wellness Pavilion at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas on Aug. 24-26 is a great place to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tandem Thoughts:  The wait for the CSA study will end on Tuesday, June 27
On Tuesday, June 27, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will release a study detailing the effectiveness FMCSA’s Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. The results can potentially kill the program.

Hot Topics

Tropical Depression Cindy threatens major flooding in South and Southeast
Several states in the South and Southeast are preparing for Tropical Depression Cindy for the remainder of the week, as the weakened storm makes its way through the region. Although the storm was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression on the morning of Thursday, June 22, residents and travelers should beware of major flooding in the area.

UPDATE:  States enact rules on use of autonomous vehicles
State legislatures are spending more and more time discussing (and some have adopted) rules on the use of autonomous vehicles. Vehicles that are intended to navigate their way through traffic without requiring someone to hold the steering wheel already are authorized for testing in various states around the country.

NTSB report: Driver in fatal autonomous Tesla crash was warned multiple times
The National Transportation Safety Board released more than 500 pages of information pertaining to the Tesla crash in May 2016 that claimed the driver’s life after it struck a tractor-trailer. The verdict: Tesla’s autonomous technology is not to blame as the driver was warned multiple times to keep hands on the wheel.

'Everyday Heroes' Kenworth auction nets $89,000 for Truckers Against Trafficking
A collaboration between Kenworth, Ritchie Bros., and a number of other sponsors resulted in the largest ever one-time donation to Truckers Against Trafficking in the history of the organization.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

June 23, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
Terry Scruton and Mary McKenna present the latest Rose and Razzberries we’ve received. Mark Reddig and Jon Osburn share talking points on ELDs. Mark also finds out about a new online class designed to help food haulers deal with new regs from the FDA. The House and the Senate are considering versions of the reauthorization bill for the FAA. We’ll find out why that matters for truckers.


Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report – Congressman targets tax on truck sales
A member of Congress intends to eliminate the 12 percent Federal Excise Tax on truck purchases. Mark Reddig gets details of the plan and finds out what its chances are from Collin Long of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  Talking points on ELDs
Electronic logging devices are still far and away the Number 1 topic Jon Osburn is fielding these days. Mark Reddig talks with the man who drives OOIDA’s Spirit of the American Trucker.

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