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Monday, May 22, 2017

Daily News

West Virginia bill would promote more toll roads
A West Virginia bill that covers transportation funding and the state Parkways Authority has the attention of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

OOIDA Member takes third SuperRigs title in four years
OOIDA Member Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis., captured Best of Show honors with his 2016 Peterbilt 389 at the 35th Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held May 18-20 at Exchange Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla.

Downward trend for diesel prices continues for fifth straight week
The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel went down five-tenths of a cent to $2.539 per gallon for the week ending Monday, May 22. This marks the fifth consecutive decrease after three straight weeks of increases and lowest prices since March 27 when diesel was $2.532.

Run For The Wall a chance for fellowship, healing
The 29th annual Run For The Wall roared past OOIDA headquarters Monday morning en route to Washington, D.C., for the annual Rolling Thunder parade on Memorial Day Weekend. Nearly 1,000 bikers departed from Ontario, Calif., on Wednesday , May 17, with plans to arrive at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Tandem Thoughts:  Hansen sets great example for grandson
Citizen Driver Award winner Idella Hansen was honored Saturday, May 20, during a ceremony in North Little Rock, Ark. Staff Writer Mark Schremmer says that Hansen’s grandson, who recently became a truck driver, couldn’t have asked for a better mentor.

Hot Topics

During Infrastructure Week, OOIDA asks Congress to take lead on fundraising
“Time to Build” is the message more than 300 organizations are trying to spread to Washington, D.C., and across America as part of a week-long initiative to raise awareness to elevate infrastructure spending as a priority.

Military vets claim FedEx lowballed pension contributions in class action suit
A lawsuit has been filed in a Tennessee federal court alleging that FedEx denied military veterans full pension and retirement contributions required under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), court documents reveal.

DOT waives right to oppose OOIDA's ELD petition to the Supreme Court
On May 16, 2107, the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General informed Paul D. Cullen Sr., counsel for OOIDA, that the Department of Transportation had waived its right to file a brief in opposition to OOIDA’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Association’s case on the electronic logging devices.

CRST wants service dog case moved to Iowa
CRST Expedited is asking for a lawsuit to be moved to a new venue. The lawsuit claims the trucking company refused to hire a military veteran because of his request to drive with a service dog.

UPDATE:  Eight states take steps to teach aspiring drivers how to handle traffic stops
Officials from Arizona to Virginia are taking steps to address the growingly popular topic of how to properly interact with police during a traffic stop. The intent of these actions are to educate new motorists how to calmly approach a situation and to not panic, and also to help them avoid doing anything that may seem like a red flag to law enforcement.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

May 22, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
A new series is putting trucks back on the race track. We’ll have that, plus information about how insurance endorsements can help protect your truck; and a possible Canadian ban on the use of CB radios.


Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report – The takeaway from Infrastructure Week
The week that just ended has been all about infrastructure. But as we look back at all the meetings, announcements and proposals, what has really changed, if anything, and what have we learned? Mark Reddig finds out from Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Land Line Now online:  A touching moment amid tragedy
Sometimes even a tragic story can have a touching moment. That’s certainly the case with a truck driver’s widow and her lost wedding ring. Terry Scruton talks with Land Line Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Sandi Soendker, and Associate Editor Greg Grisolano.

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