OOIDA On The Road - May 2019
Hours-of-service reform tops issues at truck stops across the U.S.
There is a clear favorite topic among drivers visiting OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker.
“Everyone wants to know what’s happening with hours-of-service reform,” says Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit.
What’s happening is good. It’s on the agenda of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and it isn’t buried at the bottom of it, either.
In fact, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at the Mid-America Trucking Show in late March that a proposed rulemaking has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review.
You can bet that OOIDA leadership has kept its finger in the pie. A delegation of OOIDA representatives, including Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh, met with FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez and other top officials with the agency in February. OOIDA updated the agency on its priorities and received feedback from regulators. Since then, OOIDA executives and its Washington, D.C., lobbying staff have kept up the dialogue.
“I am determined to broaden the involvement of all Agency stakeholders – especially drivers – in everything we do at FMCSA,” Martinez told OOIDA representatives.
Of course, with Osburn setting up in truck parking lots at TA & Petro travel centers across the continental U.S., parking is top of mind of truckers who stop by The Spirit.
A perennial favorite among truckers are the monthly online parking updates by Land Line Staff Writer Tyson Fisher. In his The Parking Zone blog, he lets drivers know where new parking projects are being considered, about communities that are supportive, and about the not-in-my-backyard arguments raised in opposition.
Stop by and give Osburn your 2-cents’ worth on issues important to you and find out what’s shaking. LL