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June 2019

The end of the road

With no federal infrastructure bill in sight, state and local governments are grabbing at any funding possible to address our crumbling roads and bridges.


Crumbling Infrastructure

The end of the road

When President Donald Trump was voted into office, part of the agenda for his first 100 days was to spur $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over the span of a decade.

No Under 21 Drivers

Stats on younger drivers punch holes in DRIVE-Safe Act

While some lawmakers are pushing a bill that would allow 18- to 20-year-old drivers to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce, the numbers show little support for the idea.

June 7 Hours of Service

FMCSA eyes June 7 to publish proposed changes to hours of service

The plan is for the public to get its first glimpse of the proposed changes to the hours-of-service regulations on June 7, followed by a short comment period.

per diem tax code

Pair of bills would reverse per diem changes to tax code

Lawmakers recently introduced bills in the U.S. House and Senate aimed at reversing per diem changes to the tax code that affected employee truck drivers.

USMCA agreement

USMCA could add 176,000 jobs and raise GDP by $68.2B

The U.S. International Trade Commission released its much anticipated analysis of NAFTA 2.0, formally known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement or USMCA.

Doug LaMalfa

Bill would repeal federal excise tax; OOIDA waits to see offset

On April 29, LaMalfa introduced the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act, or HR2381, which aims “to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

sleep apnea

House subcommittee discusses hours of service, sleep apnea

Reducing the number of highway fatality crashes was the focus of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee meeting on April 9 in Washington, D.C.

GAO logo

OOIDA says GAO report confirms facts don’t back underride mandate

In response to the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s 46-page report on truck underride guards, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said the facts don’t justify a mandate.

Daylight Saving Time

States continue efforts to end time changes

Legislative efforts underway in Washington, D.C., and at statehouses across the country would open the door to allowing states to act on their own for time changes.

ticket camera speed limit

Ticket camera rule changes approved, pursued in several states

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

tort reform

OOIDA backs Texas tort reform legislation

An effort underway at the Texas statehouse addresses “misguided, excessive, and expensive litigation” due to third-party litigation financing.

funding feud

Funding feud

In April, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and fellow Democratic lawmakers went into detail about their proposal to fund infrastructure projects.

Eisenhower Tunnel hazmat

State DOT seeks plan for hazmat trucks through I-70 tunnels

Certain hazmat truckloads traveling through Colorado soon could be cleared to access the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels.

Port of LA

Ten L.A. port drivers win $1.2M in misclassification lawsuit

Another West Coast port trucking company owned by NFI Industries, Cherry Hill, N.J., has been ordered to pay drivers a large sum of money in a misclassification lawsuit.

state watch legislation

State Watch – June 2019

Elected officials in about one-quarter of all states throughout the country continue to consider bills that affect your trucking business.

Truck Parking Zone

Feds wasting scarce funding on useless parking projects

This article contains a roundup of the latest truck parking-related news items that are far too small in scope and numerous to report on individually.


Just what is ‘excessive’?

The Supreme Court did not make the act of civil asset forfeiture illegal. It did, however, rule that it can’t be excessive.

CR England trailer

C.R. England settles lease-purchase lawsuit for $37.8M

A $37.8 million settlement has been reached between C.R. England and a class of truck drivers who accused the company of fraudulently recruiting them to participate in a lease-purchase agreement.


OOIDA plans second Truck to Success seminar for potential owner-operators

Because the first Truck to Success seminar was so well received, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is planning a second one in September.

Linda Allen

Grassroots mobilization and galvanizing voices

Hard times during the 2006 economic recession forced both Linda Allen and her husband out of work and into a career she never imagined or considered having.

Doug Morris, OOIDA, U.S. Capitol Building

OOIDA’s Doug Morris to serve on TSA advisory committee

The Transportation Security Administration this week announced the formation of the Surface Transportation Advisory Committee – and among those serving on it will be OOIDA’s Director of Security Operations Doug Morris.

amazon forced arbitration

Amazon can’t force arbitration in contractor-employee case

A federal court in Washington has ruled that Amazon can’t compel individual arbitration in a misclassification lawsuit filed by its drivers.

CH Robinson logo, gavel, lawbooks

C.H. Robinson held liable for damaged chocolate it didn’t transport

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit determined that C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. was liable for $124,000 worth of miniature chocolate liqueur bottles


Hemp-hauling driver pleads not guilty

The Portland truck driver charged with drug trafficking for hauling hemp through Idaho is set to go to trial in early October.

2019 OOIDA scholarship logo, OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship

OOIDA scholarship recipients announced

During OOIDA’s Board of Directors meetings this spring in Grain Valley, Mo., the scholarship committee announced the latest class of scholarship recipients.

June 2019

In This Issue:


Lewie Pugh

Climbing mountains

Something that is typically one of the less sexy topics drew a significant amount of discussion during the spring meeting of the OOIDA Board of Directors – highway funding.

George Washington Bridge

The George Washington Bridge nightmare and how we got here

The George Washington Bridge is America’s worst traffic choke point, according to the ATA’s American Transportation Research Institute.

Bill Homans, Watermelon Slim

From CB to 13th CD

After spending more than 10 years as a truck driver, Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans turned in his keys in 2004 with the hope of becoming a full-time blues musician.


Great Recession created new life for trucking musician Coby Langham

Life can be pretty unpredictable. Some of us are doing what we planned when we were young. Others had no idea this is the direction life would take them. Coby Langham falls into that latter category.

Mack road life

Behind the scenes of Mack’s ‘Road Life’ series

Companies love to send journalists on trips to cover their latest product or marketing campaign.
I’ve done this many times. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

The Spirit - OOIDA on the Road

OOIDA on the road

There has been a surprising refrain repeated at truck stops he has visited in Georgia and Florida this spring, says Jon Osburn

Strange Things Filthy Lies

Strange Things and Filthy Lies – June 2019

It’s not a coincidence the word “lumper” showed up in written language somewhere around the time Genghis Khan was rocking his way through Asia.

Dashboard confidential, Speeding

Dashboard Confidential – June 2018

I have had a federal Transportation Workers Identification Card since the program was started. After getting the full background check and paying the tasty sum of $150, I can enter restricted facilities and keep America safe. At least that's the idea.

roses and razzberries

Roses and Razzberries – June 2019

This month takes us through all the notworthy, and not so noteworthy, news in the trucking industry featuring news channels as well as congress memebers.


lease motor carrier

Your rights in the regs

As an owner-operator leasing on to a company, it’s not a simple handshake deal. The leasing regulations are very specific about your rights in the agreement and what motor carriers can and cannot do.

recruiters row, hiring drivers

A cruise down recruiters’ row at MATS indicates carriers pay much alike

What are carriers offering for pay today? A walk down recruiters’ row at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., showed there’s a rather tight range of remuneration for owner-operators, usually a percentage of revenue.

tire treads

The tales tire treads tell

Tires are a major expense, probably No. 2 or 3 on your list, after fuel and, of course, paying yourself. Just one tire costs $400 or so.

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff and Cool Services – June 2019

The Land Line staff gives us their top picks for the best products and services designed to make your life easier on the road.


Mafia Secrets June 2019

Mafia Secrets Advice from the Boss Man

Most of you, if you travel anywhere through Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas or Nebraska, have seen a cattle hauler with a “KILGORE” porch light.

Maintenance Q A

Maintenance Q&A – June 2019

Maintaining your truck isn't always an easy task. Luckily, Paul Abelson is able to answer some common questions that members have been asking.

Tax Tips scams

Tax Tips – June 2019

This monts edition of tax tips features answers to questions involving errors with Form 2210, becomign an LLC and saving for retirement.

Road Law

Road Law – June 2018

State courts are getting tougher on Class A, commercial driver traffic tickets when it comes to agreeing to pretrial relief and amending traffic tickets.