July 2020

Truckers forge ahead into uncharted territory

With an ongoing global pandemic, protests, battles with brokers, changes to the hours of service, it has a lot of the plates of truckers just working to get the job done.

News

hours-of-service

‘The right direction’

The hours-of-service final rule doesn’t go far enough, but it is a step forward.

protests

‘Follow your gut’

George Floyd protests presented logistical challenges for truck drivers who were concerned for their safety while on the road.

INVEST in America Act highway bill

Highway bill debuts

Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced in June the INVEST in America Act, which would dedicate nearly $500 billion over five years to America’s infrastructure.

Pronto exemption would put drivers at risk, OOIDA says

OOIDA speaks out against tech company’s request to extend driving window

Tech company Pronto’s exemption request to extend the driving window would put drivers at risk, OOIDA said in formal comments to FMCSA.

FMCSA motion picture group

Despite opposition, FMCSA OKs motion picture group’s exemption

Despite opposition from OOIDA and others, FMCSA granted a motion picture group’s request for an exemption to a pre-employment full query.

FMCSA compliance review

FMCSA provides guidance on compliance reviews during pandemic

FMCSA released guidance that allows it to conduct compliance reviews without an on-site visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

toll bailout

Analysis: Toll group’s $9 billion federal bailout request raises eyebrows

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association asked Congress for $9 billion in federal relief funding. But did they really need it?

Transportation Questions

Voters give approval to transportation questions

Voters in cities around the country cast ballots this spring on issues that included additional funding for transportation purposes.

ticket quotas

States continue push to end ticket quotas

Policing for profit is a concern in multiple statehouses as legislatures are taking steps to end the practice of police going on ticket-writing sprees.

state watch

State Watch – July 2020

Legislatures throughout the country continue to work and issues that affect professional trucker drivers’ daily business are on agendas.

wyoming parking

Truckers lose about 80 parking spots as Wyoming DOT closes 10 rest areas

Truckers will lose roughly 80 parking spaces as Wyoming closes 10 rest areas because of revenue shortfalls from COVID-19, WYDOT says.

Wyoming

Wyoming considers road usage charge

A Wyoming state legislative panel is looking at many proposals to address transportation issues that include funding and road safety.

New Jersey tolls

Despite opposition, New Jersey moves forward with toll increases

Tolls in New Jersey will increase by as much as 40% in September.

The Parking Zone truck parking

The Parking Zone – July 2020

Congress to consider two bills that directly address truck parking

OOIDA top 5 ways to help truckers

Five ways to help truckers

OOIDA sent a letter to members of Congress in May that outlined what steps lawmakers need to take in order to provide relief to truck drivers.

California AB5 Port of Los Angeles truck photo

OOIDA files amicus brief in support of lawsuit against AB5

OOIDA filed an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit in support of the California Trucking Association’s lawsuit against California’s worker classification law.

Broker Battle DC Protest

A broker battle

After the COVID-19 pandemic exposed issues with broker transparency, OOIDA pushed for change.

FMCSA logo, waiver

Pandemic prompts three-month waiver for furloughed drivers

FMCSA granted a waiver that will eliminate some of the burdens for employers wanting to rehire truckers who were recently laid off or furloughed.

OOIDA Canada letter

OOIDA supports meal allowance plan for Canadian truckers

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is showing its support for a proposal to adjust the meal allowance to Canadian truck drivers.

Poster Contest

Calling all kids

Land Line Magazine is holding a Trucking in America poster contest for kids. Crack out the crayons and markers and show the truckers some love.

FMCSA emergency declaration

Emergency declaration extended until July 14

FMCSA extended its emergency declaration that provides relief from hours-of-service regulations until July 14. The waiver was initially granted in March.

Operation Safe Driver

CVSA plans Operation Safe Driver

As of press time, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance planned to push forward with its Operation Safe Driver enforcement campaign in July.

facemasks

Facemasks sent to truckers, other transportation workers across nation

About 2.1 million additional facemasks were distributed to truck drivers and other commercial motor vehicle workers in June.

CDC

CDC provides pandemic info to long-haul truckers

In an effort to help America’s truckers stay healthy and safe, the CDC has compiled an online resource with “need-to-know” info for drivers and employers.

FMCSA HOS exemptions

HOS exemption requests get mixed results from FMCSA

FMCSA approved one motor carrier’s request for an hours-of-service exemption and denied another’s request, according to a pair of notices in May.

Freight

April’s freight volume suffers largest drop since Great Recession

April’s Freight Transportation Services Index had the largest drop since the Great Recession. Meanwhile, truck tonnage saw its largest monthly drop ever.

ATRI

ATRI unveils top research priorities for 2020

ATRI released this year's top research priorities, which include VMT taxes, insurance costs, the role of owner-operators in the supply chain and more.

July 2020

In This Issue:

Features

Doug Smith OOIDA board

Know Your Board – July 2020

OOIDA Board Member Doug Smith discusses his career in trucking and why he joined the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Virtual games

Games to play with friends and family while on the road

Interactive virtual games allow truckers to enjoy family time while on the road.

Truck Shows

Truck shows forced to adapt

The COVID-19 pandemic forced most of the truck shows to cancel or move to a virtual format in 2020. GBATS, scheduled for September, is still on.

Memory Lane

A true Jersey story

Getting into the trucking business was easy for Charlie. This edition of Memory Lane, however, shares the story of it being much more difficult to get out.

Citizen Driver 2020 Jerry "Skimpy" Seaman

Meet TA & Petro’s Citizen Driver 2020 honorees

The seventh annual TravelCenters of America’s Citizen Driver 2020 results were announced live on the Dave Nemo radio show June 9. Meet the winners.

Mafia Secrets July 2020

Mafia Secrets July 2020

Each and every one of the many trucks and trailers in owner Truett Novosad’s fleet catch attention immediately due to the edgy modifications and paint designs.

Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s tour trailer

OOIDA on the Road – July 2020

The Association offers a rolling resource to drivers

Dave Sweetman, Dashboard Confidential

Dashboard Confidential July 2020

In Dave Sweetman’s latest edition of Dashboard Confidential, he says that truckers perform an essential job that often went unnoticed before the pandemic.

STFL July 2020 Exemption

Strange Things & Filthy Lies Sanitized – July 2020

As folks ease back out into the world, it’s become clear the pandemic has changed everything as we know it, including exemption requests to the FMCSA.

Roses & Razzberries COVID-19

Roses and Razzberries July 2020

In this edition of Roses and Razzberries, Terry Scruton gives roses to NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer and Razzberries to author Stephen King.

Business

truck parking apps

Truck parking apps that will save you time and money

Technology has made parking your truck easier. Check out this list of the some of the best truck parking apps for your smartphone or tablet.

ELD records

Keeping ELD records a necessity, OOIDA says

Documents could be needed for audits, tax purposes

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff & Cool Services – July 2020

A retractable daycab, a foldable lunchbox and a new way to keep cool in the summertime heat are some of the products you can learn about in Hot Stuff and Cool Services.

Advice

Maintenance QA

Maintenance Q&A – July 2020

In this installment of Maintenance Q&A, a reader kept replacing parts without testing them to determine whether they were defective.

Road Law

Road Law – July 2020

A client hired an attorney for several alcohol violations and thought he was in the clear until he received a disqualification notice. What happened?

Tax Tips scams

Tax Tips – July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world we know it in many ways. Howard Abrams provides some tax tips during this time of crisis.