W.W. Williams
December 2021/January 2022

Supply and demands

OOIDA says fixing the supply chain starts with paying truckers fairly.

News

Supply and demands

Fair pay is a great way to start in fixing the supply chain, OOIDA says.

OOIDA’s Spencer tells CNN there’s no quick fix to supply chain issues

Supply chain issues need a long-term solution and have nothing to do with a driver shortage, OOIDA tells CNN.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh

OOIDA gives Glenn Beck the truckers’ perspective on supply chain problems

OOIDA shares trucker perspective on supply chain with Glenn Beck, which has nothing to do with a shortage of truck drivers.

Defensive stand

Truckers and OOIDA work together to keep most harmful provisions out of infrastructure bill.

OOIDA to labor secretary: All truckers should be exempt from vaccine rule

While Labor Secretary says most truckers will be exempt, OOIDA says all truck drivers should be exempt from OSHA's COVID-19 vaccine.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.,

Sen. Blackburn’s bill would exempt essential workers from vaccine mandate

A bill from Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., would exempt essential workers from COVID-19 mandate.

3G is on the way out. What’s this mean for my ELD?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is reaching out to truckers to make sure they are prepared when carriers start ditching 3G, which is scheduled to start as early as February.

NCCDB

Complaint database ‘toothless’ in current form, OOIDA says

OOIDA has filed formal comments and offered suggestions on how to improve the National Consumer Complaint Database.

Tale of two stats

The first half of 2021 saw a spike in traffic fatalities as well as a decline in the number of truck crashes.

Don’t price truckers out of business with emission standards, OOIDA says

OOIDA told the lawmakers that many emission standards have been short-sighted and informed them that its members spend an average of $3,000 each year on maintenance costs related to emissions and environmental equipment.

Supreme Court wants solicitor general to weigh in on AB5

The U.S. Supreme Court is seeking input from the solicitor general before it decides on California's Assembly Bill 5.

Voters decide on transportation initiatives

Voters in seven states decided on a variety of transportation initiatives during fall elections.

Fuel tax rate changes for new year

States from Utah to Florida are ringing in the new year with changes in their fuel tax rates.

California supply chain

OOIDA to California: Adding truck parking will help supply chain

In October, OOIDA sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom in response to his executive order on supply chain resilience.

Idaho begins licensing hemp transportation

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture in late October announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved the state’s hemp law.

state watch

State Watch – December 2021/January 2022

State lawmakers from all corners of the country will rapidly add to the list by offering new bills. Here’s a roundup of noteworthy issues addressed by governors in recent weeks and the latest activity on other notable efforts.

Norfolk Southern Train

Norfolk Southern puts LTL freight on rails

Norfolk Southern tests ‘experimental’ service, a similar service to what railroads abandoned long ago.

The Truck Parking Zone

The Parking Zone – December 2021/January 2022

With a new infrastructure bill, there's hope some of that money could be used for truck parking. However, if the private sector has its way that hope is rather unlikely.

Truckers for Troops 2021 campaign delivers for military veterans

Since 2007, OOIDA's Truckers for Troops campaign has raised more than $700,000 in support of the armed services.

Make your nominations for OOIDA’s Board of Directors

The deadline to submit nominations for OOIDA’s Board of Directors is fast approaching as the election will take place in the fall of 2022.

Truck to Success 2021

A plan to succeed

OOIDA Foundation’s Truck to Success course, is held over three days in Blue Springs, Mo., as a way to show attendees a path to success.

‘Work-life balance’

OOIDA President Todd Spencer started the meeting by informing Joshi of the board members’ hundreds of years of trucking experience and emphasizing that improving highway safety starts with listening to the nation’s truck drivers.

Problems with FMCSA cybersecurity

U.S. DOT audit reveals problems with FMCSA’s cybersecurity

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's technology infrastructure was found to be vulnerable based upon a U.S. DOT audit.

Rear impact guards

Rear impact guards to be included in inspection

Rear impact guards will be added to the list of items that must be inspected annually on commercial motor vehicles by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Lawmakers want action on DEF sensors

Another lawmaker wants the Environmental Protection Agency to take action on replacing diesel exhaust fluid sensors.

Lawsuit over hours of service set to resume

The Advocated for Highway and Auto Safety, the Teamsters and other groups filed the lawsuit saying the rules would further exacerbate the threat of fatigue for commercial drivers.

Ontario washroom mandate

Ontario wants to mandate washroom access for truckers

The Ontario government is looking to mandate washroom access for truckers at shippers and receivers.

Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey 2022

Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey comes out in February

The Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey, which had been the principal data source for trucks in the U.S. from the 1960s until 2002, will return in 2022. Results are expected in February.

XPO settles pair of port driver lawsuits for nearly $30 million

XPO agrees to pair of misclassification settlements for nearly $30 million. The company previously announced plans to restructure its business affairs.

2019 OOIDA scholarship logo, OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship

OOIDA scholarship deadline approaches

OOIDA scholarship deadline approaches. Application information is available at OOIDA.com.

December 2021/January 2022

In This Issue:

Opinion

Chuck Robinson

Port driver reveals real problems with supply chain

Port driver reveals the real problems with the supply chain.

Mark Schremmer, Big Trucking, truckers

If ATA would only pay attention to its own research

One way to fix the turnover problem in trucking would be for ATA to heed their own research.

Features

OOIDA President Todd Spencer at hall of fame ceremony

OOIDA receives Hall of Fame status

OOIDA's sole purpose has been to fight for the rights of truckers with a mission of one voice for truckers everywhere. Nearly 50 years after its founding, the Association continues that fight today.

ATHS inaugural hall of fame class

ATHS celebrates 50 years of remembering and preserving truck history

All in all, it was the kind of celebration the American Truck Historical Society envisioned it would be, and excitement for what’s to come in the next 50 years continues to build.

"Wee Pete" driven by Remington "Rooster" Davis.

‘Rooster’ creates a buzz

Remington Davis, better known as “Rooster,” and his truck “Wee Pete” took center stage this past summer at the Guilty By Association Truck Show. Those in attendance loved every minute of it.

2020-21 Highway Hero Award

Calling all heroes

Goodyear is accepting nominations through 2021 for the 2020-21 Highway Hero Award, which is given to a professional truck driver who has acted selflessly for the good of others.

Wreaths Across America celebrates 30 years

Wreaths Across America marks its 30th year

2021 marks the 30th year for Wreaths Across America, an organization dedicated to remembering, honoring and teaching. A radio roundtable and relocation services are among the newest offerings.

"Sugar Bear" is an 84-foot white fir

Hauling ‘Sugar Bear’

Beginning in Six Rivers National Forest and ending at the U.S. Capitol Building, a team of six truckers will guide "Sugar Bear," this year's Capitol Christmas Tree, some 3,300 miles.

Remembering Paul N. Abelson Sept. 11, 1938 ~ Oct. 7, 2021

Remembering Paul N. Abelson

Paul N. Abelson answered readers' questions and contributed to a wide variety of articles for more than two decades. Paul died on Oct. 7, shortly after turning in his final article for the December/January issue of Land Line.

Caught on the lot at Chrome Shop Mafia Headquarters in Joplin, Mo.

Mafia Secrets – December 2021/January 2022

When the chrome fever hits - the steering wheel pulls you in the direction of the Chrome Shop at 4 State Trucks in Joplin, Mo.

Marty Ellis, skipper of the Spirit, OOIDA tour trailer

OOIDA on the road – December 2021/January 2022

Marty Ellis, skipper of the OOIDA tour trailer, has made some 60 stops across the country and was there as commerce began to wake from its coronavirus-induced slumber.

A brush with a bison at a roadside wildlife park.

Slight Detour – December 2021/January 2022

A brush with a bison and contraband KFC are featured in the December 2021/January 2022 Slight Detour.

Dashboard Confidential 2021

Dashboard Confidential – December 2021/January 2022

Paul “Hot Air” Abelson has been such a great mentor, teacher, journalist, colleague and genuine good friend for so many years. I could never repay all that he has shared, but, as he once told me: “Pass on what you learned.”

In the spring of 1919, Firestone assembled a fleet of trucks in Akron, Ohio

Wheels of Time – December 2021/January 2022

In the period around World War I, there were a number of truck demonstrations and endurance feats sponsored by the U.S. Army, motor truck manufacturers, and tire manufacturers.

Roses & Razzberries 2021

Roses & Razzberries – December 2021/January 2022

ROSES & RAZZBERRIES are handed out to helpful truckers, unscrupulous businesses and a brand new hall of fame class, which included OOIDA.

Truck show Calendar of Events 2021

Truck show calendar of events

Truck shows and events are back in full swing in 2021 following a shutdown in 2020. Land Line Magazine brings you the roundup.

Business

autonomous trucking

How will autonomous trucks affect owner-operators?

Proponents of autonomous envision drivers in hub-to-hub operation.

Cooper tire introduces new steer tires for long-haul.

Cooper Tire introduces new steer tires for long-haul

Cooper Tire, which was recently acquired by Goodyear, is expanding its commercial long-haul lineup with an all-new steer tire designed to improve efficiency and tread wear.

Hot Stuff Cool Services, truck products

Cool Stuff – December 2021/January 2022

Land Line Magazine's Cool Stuff showcases truck products and equipment for truckers. This issue includes Bluetooth speakers and cargo locks.

Advice

Maintenance, Q&A 2021 Paul Abelson

Maintenance Q&A – December 2021/January 2022

Maintenance Q&A writer Paul Abelson turned in his final column for the December/January edition of Land Line just days before his passing on Oct. 7. Abelson wrote for Land Line for more than 20 years.

Trucking and Taxes, Trucking & Taxes, per diem

Trucking & Taxes – December 2021/January 2022

Trucking & Taxes - December 2021/ January 2022 explains what changes in taxes are in store for 2022.

Road law

Road Law – December 2021/January 2022

Threat from the authorities.