This Month in Trucking History – February 2020
Feb. 26, 1932
Johnny Cash, who recorded such popular trucking songs as “I’ve Been Everywhere” and “All I Do is Drive,” was born. In 1985, Cash formed the group The Highwaymen, along with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson.
Feb. 7, 1974
An agreement between government officials and a team of truckers was reached to help end a trucking shutdown as part of a protest of oil prices. The agreement allowed owner-operators to add a temporary 6% fuel surcharge to their freight fees and guaranteed that truck stops would receive additional fuel to meet trucker demand.
Feb. 26, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court granted the certiorari petition to hear the case between Missouri trucking company New Prime and truck driver Dominic Oliveira. In January 2019, the Supreme Court sided with Oliveira, determining that all transportation workers are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act.
Feb. 5, 2019
The OOIDA Foundation provides an analysis of a study by researchers from Northeastern University, the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University that found that the early returns suggested that the electronic logging device hadn’t reduced crashes. The OOIDA Foundation said that drivers have specific information that could be useful when deciding whether to drive, which inflexible regulations cannot take into account.