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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Daily News

Appeals court to hear arguments in OOIDA's sleep apnea case against U.S. DOT
Oral arguments are scheduled for Nov. 15 in the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit that alleges the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration bypassed the rulemaking process in order to regulate obstructive sleep apnea.

California gets go-ahead to continue truck platoon testing
Testing of autonomous vehicles to haul freight in California is not going away anytime soon. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill to extend authorization for the California Department of Transportation to test truck platooning.

Trucker in San Antonio trafficking case pleads guilty to smuggling aliens
A truck driver who was illegally transporting dozens of smuggled immigrants has pleaded guilty to his role in an undocumented alien smuggling operation that resulted in 10 deaths last summer.

Illinois DOT seeks input regarding rest areas
Have a problem with Illinois rest areas? The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to hear about it. IDOT is collecting data from a public with a survey available through Sunday, Oct. 29.

Tony, Tiger Truck Stop's controversial mascot, put to rest at the age of 17
The trucking industry lost a both beloved and controversial life on Monday. Tony, the live tiger who lived at Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, La., passed away on Oct. 16. Tony has been the center of attention for many years as animal rights groups have protested the truck stop’s ownership of the exotic animal.

Accelerate! Conference and Expo Nov. 6-8 in K.C.
The third annual Accelerate! Conference & Expo, hosted by the Women In Trucking Association, is on the industry calendar for early November in Kansas City, Mo.

Hot Topics

Oregon ticket cameras to pull double duty
Communities in Oregon that employ red-light cameras now have expanded authority to issue additional automated tickets. A new state law now in effect allows red-light camera systems to also be used to nab speeders.

Heightened traffic enforcement continues through Saturday
Operation Safe Driver Week, an annual increased traffic law enforcement push promoted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, began Sunday, Oct. 15. It is scheduled to continue through Saturday, Oct. 21.

Police seek information regarding cargo thefts in Texas
A police department in Texas is investigating a series of thefts involving semi-trailers loaded with various types of building materials.

Seven western states agree to improve electric vehicle infrastructure
Electric vehicle manufacturers just received an incentive boost after seven western states announced an agreement to build a regional electric vehicle (EV) corridor. The agreement covers more than 5,000 miles and nearly a dozen interstates.

Tandem Thoughts:  Is 'piggyback' back?
Hauling trailers on flatcars used to bring in big bucks for railroads. Could piggyback freight be making a comeback nationally? Contributing editor John Bendel weighs in.

Land Line Now Tonight's Show

Oct. 17, 2017 – Land Line Now on Sirius XM 146
A recent jobs report shows the first month-to-month loss of jobs in a number of years. But trucking is booming. We’ll have that, plus information about voters deciding on state infrastructure financing and a prominent senator with a big impact on trucking who’s staying put.

LAND LINE NOW

Land Line Now online:  D.C. Report – A wrap-up of OOIDA's Board of Directors meeting
Everything OOIDA does in terms of fighting for truckers starts in one place – the Association’s Board of Directors, a group of truck drivers who set the priorities for what issues will be pursued. They met last week, and Mark Reddig gets a report on what they discussed and decided from OOIDA Director of Government Affairs Mike Matousek.

Land Line Now online:  Dodging the flu
Every year, we can count on certain things. Holidays, four seasons, bad Mondays at work – flu season. Mark Reddig reviews what happened last year and discusses how to avoid the illness this year with Dr. John McElligott of the St. Christopher Fund.

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