From the Editor
Editor’s Page – July 2020
Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones previews the July issue and talks about how 2020 could use some spoiler alerts so we would know what’s coming next.
‘The right direction’
The hours-of-service final rule doesn’t go far enough, but it is a step forward.
‘Follow your gut’
George Floyd protests presented logistical challenges for truck drivers who were concerned for their safety while on the road.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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 – July 2020
Legislatures throughout the country continue to work and issues that affect professional trucker drivers’ daily business are on agendas.
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 considers road usage charge
A Wyoming state legislative panel is looking at many proposals to address transportation issues that include funding and road safety.
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 – July 2020
Congress to consider two bills that directly address truck parking
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.
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.
A broker battle
After the COVID-19 pandemic exposed issues with broker transparency, OOIDA pushed for change.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
In This Issue:
- ‘The right direction’
- ‘Follow your gut’
- Highway bill debuts
- OOIDA speaks out against tech company’s request to extend driving window
- Despite opposition, FMCSA OKs motion picture group’s exemption
- FMCSA provides guidance on compliance reviews during pandemic
- Analysis: Toll group’s $9 billion federal bailout request raises eyebrows
- Voters give approval to transportation questions
- States continue push to end ticket quotas
- State Watch – July 2020
- Truckers lose about 80 parking spots as Wyoming DOT closes 10 rest areas
- Wyoming considers road usage charge
- Despite opposition, New Jersey moves forward with toll increases
- The Parking Zone – July 2020
- Five ways to help truckers
- OOIDA files amicus brief in support of lawsuit against AB5
- A broker battle
- Pandemic prompts three-month waiver for furloughed drivers
- OOIDA supports meal allowance plan for Canadian truckers
- Calling all kids
- Emergency declaration extended until July 14
- CVSA plans Operation Safe Driver
- Facemasks sent to truckers, other transportation workers across nation
- CDC provides pandemic info to long-haul truckers
- HOS exemption requests get mixed results from FMCSA
- April’s freight volume suffers largest drop since Great Recession
- ATRI unveils top research priorities for 2020
- Know Your Board – July 2020
- Games to play with friends and family while on the road
- Truck shows forced to adapt
- A true Jersey story
- Meet TA & Petro’s Citizen Driver 2020 honorees
- Mafia Secrets July 2020
- OOIDA on the Road – July 2020
- Dashboard Confidential July 2020
- Strange Things & Filthy Lies Sanitized – July 2020
- Roses and Razzberries July 2020
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
OOIDA on the Road – July 2020
The Association offers a rolling resource to drivers
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.
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 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.
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.
Keeping ELD records a necessity, OOIDA says
Documents could be needed for audits, tax purposes
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.
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 – 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 – 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.