Oklahoma ‘speed trap’ towns can write tickets, again Law enforcers in small towns in Oklahoma once tagged with the label of “speed traps” now can get their ticket books back out. With revised language, a restriction has been stripped from the books that kept those traps in check.
Pennsylvania governor takes hits in privatization debate State lawmakers in Pennsylvania are questioning whether the governor’s hiring of financial consultants to advise the state on public-private partnerships was legal, especially since the Legislature has not yet enacted legislation to enable such partnerships.
Canada restricts importing of California leafy greens Produce truckers who haul into Canada should pay close attention to a new requirement the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced earlier this month regarding the importing of leafy green produce originating from California.
Accident claims life of top show truck competitor A trucker well known for consistently winning show trophies with his dark red and black extended-hood Peterbilt, “Rollin’ Thunder,” died in a non-highway accident in Maryland on Friday, May 18. (Our deepest condolences to the Testerman family)
Toll road bills advance in Tennessee With the state struggling to pay for transportation work, legislation on the move in the Tennessee statehouse would authorize tolling as a method to pay for new road and bridge work in the state.
Tolling bill gains approval in Texas House The Texas House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday, May 17, that includes a two-year moratorium on most new private toll roads. It now heads to the Senate for approval of changes.
Visa no longer everywhere Flying J wants to be Beginning in late May, it seems customers will no longer be able to use Visa credit cards at Flying J outlets, a Utah-based truck stop chain which Forbes Magazine recently dubbed “the largest retail distributor of diesel fuel in North America.”
New Washington law targets unsafe intrastate trucks Unsafe trucking companies are the subject of a bill signed into law by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. It will make it easier to shut down trucking operations in the state that have faulty trucks and people who drive them recklessly.
Tolls proposed for I-540 section in North Carolina A Raleigh-area planning authority approved a plan for tolls to pay for a new section of Interstate 540 in Wake County, NC. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has the final say on the funding method for the proposed $800 million section.
Lawmakers push for fuel tax holiday in Connecticut With the potential for fuel prices to reach $4 per gallon this summer, House and Senate Republicans in Connecticut are calling for a temporary suspension of the state's per-gallon tax on motor fuels.
Tennessee resolution urges widening of I-75 Several lawmakers in the Tennessee statehouse would like to see a busy stretch of Interstate 75 between Chattanooga and Knoxville widened to improve safety and reduce congestion.
Truck-related bills OK'd in Indiana A couple of bills that have wound their way through the Indiana General Assembly are of particular interest to truckers – one would eliminate a trailer registration fee and the other would open more roads to trucks.
Diesel prices continue to ease Bucking the trend set by rising gasoline prices, national prices for on-highway diesel have seen four consecutive weeks of slight decreases following a spike to an average of $2.88 per gallon in mid-April.
Missouri lawmakers advance bill focusing on truck rules A bill moving through the Missouri statehouse includes several provisions of interest to truck drivers. It also would bring state law in line with some federal rules that were part of the 2005 federal highway funding legislation.
Effort to cap fuel sales tax dies in Indiana A bill has died in the Indiana Senate that called for changing how the state collects taxes on fuel. If it had been approved, state government would have lost as much as $45 million annually in revenue.
Michigan bills would boost fuel tax rates Bipartisan legislation in the Michigan House looks to increase the state’s per-gallon fuel tax rates to generate more than $1 billion in new funding each year for road work.
Texas bills with eye on trucking rules advance Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill into law intended to curb unsafe trucking operations in the state. Several other bills of interest continue to draw consideration in the statehouse.
Miami to build port tunnel The Florida Department of Transportation named a consortium headed by an Australian investment firm as the preferred bidder to build and operate a tolled tunnel for Port of Miami traffic.
Former trucker now a sister People leave the trucking industry to pursue a lot of different careers, but not many can say they drove a Freightliner and then a Mack up and down the east coast for a year before becoming a Catholic nun.
PierPass diverts 5 million truck trips The PierPass off-peak program at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has diverted more than 5 million truck trips from peak daytime hours to nights and weekends in the past two years.
Florida commission votes no on toll road study Landowners pushing for the construction of the Heartland Parkway, a new 150-mile tolled highway linking Orlando to Immokalee, received a setback this week, when a county commission voted against authorizing a feasibility study.
Freightliner ready to roll out Cascadia Freightliner is rolling out a new Class 8 model called the Cascadia that not only promises 3-percent better fuel economy, but was built with bigger truckers in mind.
Temporary toll ban moves to Texas governor The Texas House voted 139-1 Wednesday, May 2, to give final approval to a bill that is intended to buy the state more time to review the effects of handing over roadways to private groups. The vote cleared the way for the bill to move to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk.
Food fight: Truckers still left holding the bag While the produce industry has rolled out the proposed Leafy Greens Good Agricultural Practices for leafy green handlers to follow, these “practices” do not address recall or disposal procedures for a key element in the food supply chain –the truckers – who are responsible for hauling the majority of the nation’s produce across the country and into the marketplace.
ATA reports tonnage is up The total number of tons of freight moved by truck in March was up slightly compared to a year ago, according to the American Trucking Association.
DHS finally using stolen passport database Nearly two years after the information was made available to it, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to start using a massive database that can flag stolen passports.
GAO to DHS: coordinate TWIC and related background checks Two years ago, Michael Zanella received a letter in the mail saying he needed to pay $97 and be fingerprinted to keep his hazmat hauling endorsement. The OOIDA member from Columbus, OH, complied and spent three half days submitting biometric data before receiving a letter certifying his hazmat status until 2010.
Food Fight: Weaknesses within the food supply chain exposed For several months now, OOIDA and members of Congress have been questioning whether the produce industry should be allowed to regulate itself, and while a growers’ representative told Land Line that he understands why truckers are frustrated, he said growers still believe the best approach is a voluntary one.
Toll talk falters in Nevada Despite being told that public-private partnerships could help the state cope with funding shortfalls to get needed road work done, Nevada state lawmakers haven’t warmed up to the scheme.
Mexican toll road crumbles, privatization still the talk Proponents of highway privatization use efficiency as one of their supporting arguments. But try selling that to motorists and truck drivers in Mexico, who pay up to $70 U.S. for a round trip on one formerly private toll road that is filled with potholes.
Tanker fire collapses highway Investigators say it appears tanker truck driver James Mosqueda of Woodland, CA, was exceeding the 50 mph speed limit when his rig crashed and exploded into flames on an approach to the Bay Bridge in Oakland, CA, early Sunday.
Feds charge 22 for Mexico-run fake ID ring in Chicago The U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has reported that a crime organization brazenly sent multiple vendors to various Chicago street corners during set shifts to sell kits of false identification records including Social Security cards, driver’s licenses, green cards and other documents.