Todd Spencer, the executive vice president of the Owner-Operators and Independent Drivers Association, noted his concern over hacking and manipulation of EOBRs.
“Even government computers get hacked,” he said. “I think EOBRs are easier for fleets to manipulate [than paper logs],” adding that practical application in the trucking industry is “a long way off.”
— Staff reports
CALIFORNIA. A six-mile stretch of Highway 12 will be widened from two to four lanes between its intertchanges with Highway 29 in Napa County and Red Top Road in Solano County. The Napa County segment is scheduled for completion in 2013. The Solano County segment is scheduled for completion in 2015.
IDAHO. Congress approved a bill that would give the Idaho Transportation Department full power to set speed limits on state highways, taking away authority of towns to set limits on highways that run through city limits.
INDIANA. Due to a bridge replacement, Interstate 69 has a 14-foot width restriction in both directions 1.4 miles north of State Route 26 over Barron Creek. The project should be done by late October.
MARYLAND. A bill approved by the legislature would make it harder to increase toll rates, if Gov. Martin O’Malley signs off. The bill mandates that a 10-day warning be given to citizens before the Maryland Transportation Authority discusses toll or fee changes. A 10-day notice would also be required before any authority votes on toll changes.
NEBRASKA. Due to construction on I-80 between Exit 372 at Goehner and Exit 381 at Milford, eastbound and westbound single-lane closures will be scheduled day and night. A width restriction of 12 feet will be in place to accommodate bridge repairs. Completion is set for June. Lane closures and a 12-foot width restriction will be in place between Exits 324 and 338 for another project expected to be done in October.
NORTH CAROLINA. A diverging diamond interchange is being built on I-40 and will require widening a 4.2-mile stretch of Union Cross Road in Kernersville from Sedge Garden Road to U.S. 311. Completion is due for November.
PENNSYLVANIA. The House approved a bill that clarifies how public-private partnerships for transportation projects will work. H.B. 3 allows the governor to appoint a Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board to evaluate and decide infrastructure proposals. The public would retain ownership of such assets. A private entity would develop and finance such projects, which could be done via tolls.
TEXAS. The state approved new 80 mph speed limits on 54 miles of State Highway 130 and State Highway 45SE in Travis County. The governor also signed a bill allowing the Texas Department of Transportation to establish speeds of up to 85 mph on certain highways.
WEST VIRGINIA. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill banning texting while driving for all drivers, effective July 1. Officers will conduct primary enforcement of the law, meaning they can ticket a driver for texting without any other traffic offense occurring.
Daimler recalls 9,800 trucks
Daimler Trucks North America has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it is recalling select vehicles from three 2012 truck models for two separate defects.