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August-September 2019

'A monstrous problem'

Studies indicate that detention time costs truck drivers thousands of dollars each month.


‘A monstrous problem’

The issue of detention time isn’t new. For years, truck drivers have been at the mercy of shippers and receivers, waiting for hours with no compensation.

‘Wrong direction’

If there was one theme in the OOIDA President’s testimony, it was that an increase in compliance with trucking regulations hasn’t led to improved safety.

Drivers share message of inflexible hours of service

As part of an interview about FMCSA’s hours-of-service reform, OOIDA General Vice President took a reporter from the Associated Press on a ride-along.

ELD mandate

Truck-involved fatalities up during first year of ELD mandate

Traffic fatalities were down overall for the second consecutive year in 2018 and the seventh consecutive quarter, according to NHTSA's early estimates.


HHS sends hair testing guidelines to White House for review

The U.S. Department of Health's final rule regarding the use of hair testing for drugs was sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

65 mph speed limit sign

OOIDA to senators: Speed limiter amendment would ‘fail to improve safety’

A proposal to mandate speed limiters in commercial vehicles would fail to improve safety and “would lead to more crashes involving commercial vehicles."

toll lawsuit

Appeals court hears oral arguments in OOIDA’s Pennsylvania toll lawsuit

Attorneys for the OOIDA and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission presented their oral arguments in front of an appellate panel in July.

automobile traonsporter

OOIDA backs bill clarifying ‘automobile transporters’ definition

A new bill aims to support OOIDA’s attempts to reform the federal definition of a conventional automobile transporter, eliminating overhang confusion.

Fuel rate changes implemented in 15 states

The tax rate changes range from a 24.5-cent increase on diesel fuel in Illinois to a fractional price increase for gas and diesel in Nebraska.

Legislation still under construction at certain statehouses

As fall approaches, some state legislatures are still in regular session, and dozens of trucking-related bills are on the radar.

left lane

Four states attempt to limit left lane lollygagging

State Watch — August/September 2019

The majority of state legislatures have wrapped up their work for this year. Here’s our end-of-summer review of state legislation you found of interest.

A Loves story

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores dominated the truck parking news cycle in early summer. There were several reoccurring situations. Some good, some bad.


Making changes for the better

It’s important for drivers to be part of an association like OOIDA because as a group, they have the ability to shape policy for trucking.

New director of legislative affairs signs on with OOIDA

Bryce Mongeon is the newest member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s government affairs team in Washington, D.C.

New Truckers Advantage fuel card offers bigger savings than before

OOIDA is always looking for ways to save truckers money, this time in the form of its new Truckers Advantage fuel card with even bigger savings.

OOIDA board member featured in FMCSA video series

In a new video produced by the FMCSA, OOIDA Board Member Dick Pingel explains to drivers of passenger vehicles that truckers are people too.

Company ordered to rehire trucker who refused to drive in inclement weather

A Kentucky trucking company has been ordered to reinstate a truck driver who refused to operate during inclement weather.

Proposal eliminates CDL testing provision to ‘streamline process’

The FMCSA announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that the agency said aims to streamline the process for commercial driver’s license applicants.

Livestock transportation bill gradually gains support

A bill that would provide livestock haulers some relief from hours-of-service regulations is gradually gaining support in the House and the Senate.

Canada publishes federal ELD mandate, effective June 2021

Electronic logging devices will become mandatory in June 2021 for most Canadian motor carriers who are federally regulated.

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Trucking jobs reach an all-time high

Trucking employment is at an all-time high, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nevada ranks best for infrastructure; Rhode Island ranks worst

According to the U.S. News and World Report’s Best States for Transportation rankings, Nevada is doing relatively fine whereas Rhode Island is in bad shape.

August-September 2019

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ATA contradicts itself in attempt to lower driving age

Pay to comply? CVSA profiteers from out-of-service criteria

Inspection tolerances are not spelled out in the final rule. If you want to know what those tolerances are (i.e., if you want to know what will get you placed out of service), you have to get that info from CVSA.

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Tennessee PSC

‘We kicked ass’

Jim Johnston, longtime president of OOIDA, said the victory against corrupt officials in Tennessee was one of the most satisfying of OOIDA's victories.


‘I can never do enough to thank them’

Ilana Rubel believes she and her family owe their lives to a pair of good Samaritan truck drivers who jumped in after a crash.

How the Mackinac Bridge ties a state together

When the Mackinac Bridge opened on Nov. 1, 1957, it answered a need that had become increasingly pressing since Michigan became a state in 1837.


Dirty Art Work

Trucking wasn’t necessarily the path most drivers had in mind. One driver never gave up his true passion and is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

Photo by Nate Kelly

GBATS going big

For the first time since 2008, there will be no GBATS in 2019, using the time to make the Joplin, Mo., truck show even better in 2020.

The Spirit 2019

OOIDA on the road – August/September 2019

For much of September, Jon Osburn is scheduled to guide the Spirit of the American Trucker to stops in the Midwest.

Strange Things & Filthy Lies – August/September 2019

Wendy warns of the dangers of getting licked by a dumpster cat with foul breath and the lies that surround detention pay.


Dashboard Confidential – August/September 2019

Sweetman takes us back in time to his summer at Woodstock and shares with us the lessons he learned along the way.

Roses and Razzberries – August/September 2019

This edition of "Roses and Razzberries" recognizes members and government officials alike, giving recognition where it is deserved.

Odyssey Battery


Welcome to the third age of tracking

Seems everybody wants to track you these days. Well, maybe not everybody, but many carriers and brokers do. According to an OOIDA foundation survey.

Competition’s Echo

Let’s call it the “echo effect.” You shout “hello” into a canyon, the sound bounces off the walls, and you near lots of “hellos,” one right after another.

Think thinner and synthetic for motor oils, lubes

Think low viscosity for motor, transmission and rear-end oil, and probably grease in the hubs. And embrace synthetics, if you haven’t already.

Hot hubs, cool lubes

“Thermal events” might seem an amusing euphemism for “fire,” but they’re not so funny to people who own trucks that have been burned up because of them.

OOIDA classes aim to prep drivers for success

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is offering classes aimed at providing prospective owner-operators all the tools they need to be successful.

Hot Stuff and Cool Services – August/September 2019

Land Line has their ear to the road listening for all of the best products of services out there to ensure you are always up to date on what's new.

Int'l Used Trucks


Road Law – August/September 2019

Our favorite road lawyers are back to answer your questions about the subtleties of traffic citations and what to do when you get one.

Tax Tips – August/September 2019

Taxes can be tricky, luckily this edition of Tax Tips covers everything from loans to leasing equipment as well as how to finance yourself.

Mafia Secrets – August/September 2019

Our feature truck this month belongs to Ron Lang of Iowa who informed us of his brand new Peterbilt 389 glider kit build that was already underway.

Maintenance Q&A – August/September 2019

Our Senior Contributing Technical Consultant answers questions about fuel efficiency and how to find out what's causing your tires to ware out so easily.

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