July 2019

Speaking for truckers

OOIDA's president tells lawmakers about challenges truck drivers face as part of a House subcommittee hearing.


Todd Spencer speaking for truckers

Speaking for truckers

OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer didn’t mince words when discussing the current state of the trucking industry with the U.S. House of Representatives.

pilot program

FMCSA seeks comments on expanded pilot program for under-21 nonmilitary drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting comments on a potential second pilot program to allow 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

military trucker pilot program

Applications open for military under-21 pilot program

The FMCSA is accepting applications for its pilot program to allow some military veterans and reservists who are under age 21 to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.

securing cargo cargo securement

CVSA seeks FMCSA input on citing shippers for not securing cargo

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is seeking input from U.S. and Canadian trucking regulations on how to hold shippers accountable for improperly secured loads.

fuel tax prices

Federal bill would raise fuel tax, then repeal and replace it

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., introduced a bill in May that would increase the federal fuel tax by 25 cents and eventually replace it with something else.


FMCSA, NHTSA seek input on regulating automated driving systems

The FMCSA and the NHTSA issued advance notices of proposed rulemaking on the removal of “unnecessary regulatory barriers” to the introduction of automated vehicles in the United States.

detention time

FMCSA seeks input about truck drivers’ detention time

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting information regarding driver detention times and how it affects roadway safety.

red light camera photo enforcement

Ticket camera rule changes approved, near passage in six states

State legislatures around the country continue to discuss and take action on the use of automated cameras to ticket drivers.

tolling Rhode Island Toll Bridge

ATA argues tolls are not taxes in Rhode Island lawsuit

The American Trucking Associations continue to battle Rhode Island in the courtroom over the state’s truck-only tolls, now in appellate court.

new winding asphalt road

States roll out new laws

July is one of the leading months for new laws fresh off legislation to take effect. Inside are some notable laws that Land Line found.

Texas laws

New Texas laws cover variety of truck issues

The Texas Legislature recently wrapped up their work for the year after approving some notable bills for the trucking industry.

predatory towing

OOIDA-backed bill creating towing task force sent to Missouri governor

A bill aimed at addressing the issue of nonconsensual towing passed the Missouri Legislature on May 17, still awaiting a signature by the Missouri Governor.


Plan for three Florida toll roads can move forward

OOIDA believes increasing the fuel tax is the most equitable way for states to generate additional revenue. Florida officials have opted to go another route.

Illinois fuel tax

Illinois doubles fuel tax rates, nixes truck fee

Fuel tax rates in Illinois are on the verge of doubling. The state now collects 19 cents on each gallon of gas sold and 21.5 cents on diesel, since 1990.

legislation, state watch, bills

STATE WATCH – July 2019

We know you don’t have time to keep up with all the state legislative action. That’s why your Association keeps a close watch on the action for you.

Courtroom California

Courtroom California

A California Supreme Court ruling regarding how workers are classified, as well as others, has prompted an abundance of court cases.

Truck Parking Zone

The Parking Zone – July 2019

New reports regarding local truck parking are too numerous and small in scope to report on individually. Here is the latest truck parking-related news.

USMCA rubix cube

Former U.S. ambassador to Canada says time is running out for USMCA

Despite the bipartisan history of NAFTA, the proposed update known as the USMCA has hit a snag in Congress, and the window to complete a deal is narrow.

Tax Tips


For some company drivers, a change in tax law cost them thousands of dollars.

Rodney Morine

Keeping the trucking tradition alive

OOIDA Board Member Rodney Morine comes from a trucking family. Get to know more about Rodney in our ongoing series profiling OOIDA's board members.

scholarship graduation

Scholarship winners influenced by the truckers in their lives

The winners of OOIDA's Mary Johnston Scholarship all share their stories about how the truckers in their lives were positive role models.

Wonder Bread logo

Truckers’ employee/contractor lawsuit progresses against Wonder Bread maker

Another case involving a class of truck drivers who say they were misclassified as independent contractors is set to move forward.

July 2019

In This Issue:


Doug Smith

Legacy lives on

For years, OOIDA Director Steve Davenport hauled a Vietnam Wall memorial in tribute to a fallen friend. Now a friend of Steve's is carrying on his legacy.

Steve Davenport

A military advocate

OOIDA Director Steve Davenport, himself an Army veteran, was known for supporting troops via Gold Star Mothers and the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally.

Run For The Wall

Ride ‘for those who can’t’

Each year, hundreds of riders travel from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Make A Wish Logo

Rain doesn’t dampen annual convoy

Rain didn’t stop the 30th annual Mother’s Day Make-A-Wish convoy participants from lining up in record numbers.

Truckers Against Trafficking logo

Everyday Heroes truck auction raises $162,000 for Truckers Against Trafficking

A Phoenix-based trucking company won the auction for the Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 ponying up $162,000 for Truckers Against Trafficking.

Joe Nichols St. Christopher Partnership

Country artist Joe Nichols partners with St. Christopher Fund

Music star’s father worked as truck driver for 13 years.


OOIDA presents business class at Great American Trucking Show

This free class offers a sample of the content from the Truck to Success course.

Bost truck parking

A trucking family

For Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, trucking was a big part of his childhood

hash brown

A hash brown v. state of Connecticut

Sometimes, a hash brown is just a hash brown. Other times, it is behind the making of an unsung hero fighting for justice.

The Spirit - OOIDA on the Road

OOIDA on the road

A new Western Star tractor pulls OOIDA’s tour trailer

Spotted lanternfly

Truckers who don’t comply with spotted lanternfly quarantine could face hefty fines

Truckers who don’t comply with a quarantine effort to restrict the spread of an invasive insect in Pennsylvania and nearby states can face fines of up to $20,000.

Strange Things Filthy Lies

Strange Things & Filthy Lies – July 2019

Excuse my lack of patience with your service serpent

Dave Sweetman, Dashboard Confidential

Dashboard Confidential – July 2019

Just about any driver who has been on the road for longer than a few weeks has a need for a sense of humor. It’s required.

Sausage trailer

More strange things

When a clean inspection nets dirty sausage.

roses and razzberries

Roses and razzberries

It's time for another bushel of Roses & Razzberries.


5G network

5G cellular is on the way

The highly advanced technology will change your life, say promoters. But that change could be sickness or death, say 5G protesters.

Navistar Maxxforce engine

Parties agree to $135M settlement in Navistar MaxxForce engine lawsuit

A law firm representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Navistar say a $135 million settlement has been reached on behalf of members of the class action.

Mafia Secrets

Citrus Mistress makes a splash in Kentucky

Kyle "KC" Cousins of Fleenor Bros. Trucking in Carthage has a Kenworth W900L that stands apart from the competition.

Truck Parking signage

Truck Parking Inc.

When it comes to truck parking, the private sector is providing the lion’s share.

Amazon logo

Watch out UpdEx

Amazon takes aim at UPS and FedEx with a move into freight brokering.

Michelin Movin On Summit

Michelin event in Montreal explores future of transport

The Movin’On Summit attracted hundreds of innovators from across the world to discuss sustainable mobility.

Form 2290

It’s about 2290 filing time, OOIDA is here to help

Need help with your Form 2290? Call OOIDA today.

jobs application

OOIDA says self-employed drivers shouldn’t need to file a job application

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff & Cool Services

Land Line's "Hot Stuff & Cool Services" has a variety of products and specials for your trucking lifestyle.


Maintenance QA

Maintenance Q&A – July 2019

Land Line's "Maintenance Q&A" delves into the proper oil for your Paccar motor, and DEF issues.

Tax Tips scams

Tax Tips – July 2019

Should you incorporate to save money on your taxes?

Road Law

Road Law – July 2019

Mission possible or impossible?