March-April 2019

Not without a fight

From California to Rhode Island, several lawsuits are challenging state tolls.


Carb Ninth Circuit

Not without a fight

OOIDA’s Indiana lawsuit is just the latest in a series of pending cases that contend the tolls are unconstitutional.


A year later, a preliminary study says the ELD mandate hasn’t improved safety

It will be another year before complete crash statistics are available, but researchers from three major universities have already released a study on the effects of the mandate.

fuel economy; fuel tax

House Committee: Fuel tax increase now, vehicles miles tax in the future

The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee held a hearing in February called “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.”

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Most Wanted

The National Transportation Safety Board released this past February its biennial list of top priorities to improve transportation safety across all modes.

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OOIDA using wait-and-see approach on push to eliminate federal exercise tax

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is waiting to learn how a bill to repeal the federal excise tax on commercial truck sales would affect small-business truckers before it takes a stance on the issue.

Meal and Rest Break driver lunch

FMCSA faces lawsuit over decision to pre-empt California break laws

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters have filed separate challenges against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s decision to pre-empt California’s meal and rest break laws.

concealed carry handgun

Pair of bills could allow concealed carry across state lines

Truckers who have concealed carry permits are well aware of the patchwork of state laws and lack of uniform reciprocity in accepting other states’ permits as equal. Bills in both the U.S. House and Senate seek to change that.

Speed limit signs

OOIDA makes voice heard in multiple states on proposed speed limit changes

Legislators in multiple states are pursuing the elimination of speed limit differentials for cars and trucks, while legislation in a separate state would introduce differentials.

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OOIDA opposes bills in two states for snow & ice removal mandates

As much of the nation starts to emerge from winter, two northeastern state legislatures are looking at bills that cover concerns about snow and ice removal from atop cars and trucks.

I-5 signs

FHWA greenlights state’s plan for tolls on I-5, I-205

The Federal Highway Administration recently sent a letter to the Oregon Department of Transportation regarding what the state needs to do to fulfill a request to toll portions of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland region.

speed cameras

Iowa Supreme Court rules speed cameras constitutional

In a blow to motorists wanting to get rid of speed cameras in Iowa, the state’s Supreme Court recently ruled that speed enforcement via cameras does not violate due process.


MassDOT seeks nearly $27M in uncollected tolls

Massachusetts is missing out on nearly $27 million in unpaid tolls mostly from out-of-state motorists as a consequence of a lack of a reciprocity agreement with Connecticut.

Keep Right, Slower Traffic Keep Right signs

States aim to impose left-lane restrictions

Left-lane use is a constant area of focus from state to state. Legislators around the country continue to pursue changes to statute on the issue.

state watch legislation

State Watch

Since the first of the year, lawmakers throughout the country have been working at breakneck speed to advance their agendas.

Truck Parking Zone

The Parking Zone – March/April 2019

The beginning of 2019 kicked off with a huge media campaign for new technology specifically for truck parking, establishing the parking theme for the first two months of the year.

OOIDA logo Board of Directors nominees

Five new board members elected to OOIDA Board of Directors

When the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Board of Directors meet in April, they will be seating five new alternate board members.

self-driving car

OOIDA offers alternative view on automated vehicles at TRB conference

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association focused on the dangers and negative consequences that could result from fully autonomous vehicles.

child's toy blocks with A-B-C

Third Circuit rules that New Jersey’s ABC test not pre-empted by F4A

Third Circuit ruled that the Federal Aviation Authorization Administration Act of 1994 does not pre-empt New Jersey law for determining whether a truck driver is an employee or independent contractor.

judge's gavel

Ninth Circuit upholds California’s low-carbon fuel standard

Calling the regulation “innovative” and “nondiscriminatory,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld California’s low-carbon fuel standard.

March-April 2019

In This Issue:


Richard Dick Pingel

Trucking industry squanders another opportunity to improve

Only this industry could take a booming economy, a supposed driver shortage, a lack of capacity, and not be able to take advantage of it

Chuck Robinson

Reading Mark Twain, comparing truckers to steamboat pilots

While reading this book, it seems natural for people associated with trucking to ponder correlations between the steamboat pilots of the 1800s and the trucking industry today.

trucking history

This Month in Trucking History- March/April 2019

Indiana residents, including OOIDA member Randy Nace, filed a lawsuit to challenge the constitutionality of allowing the Indiana Toll Road to lease to a foreign consortium.


Truck Parking Zone

The Parking Zone – March/April 2019

The beginning of 2019 kicked off with a huge media campaign for new technology specifically for truck parking, establishing the parking theme for the first two months of the year.

Mark Elrod

Know your board: OOIDA Director Mark Elrod

Mark has always supported workers’ rights. Blue-collar industry experience from an early age taught him the importance of advocacy on the workers’ behalf.

Dominic Oliveira

A win for the worker

The determination of an individual truck driver to see his case all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court resulted in many trucking companies no longer being able to use the Federal Arbitration Act to avoid a class action lawsuit.

Wall Street Sign, New York City

SCOTUS’ New Prime decision highlights need for groups like OOIDA

Truckers scored a big win when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a driver in a case about independent contractors and arbitration.


Cautionary Tales

If a driver calls the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and asks if he or she should enter a lease-purchase agreement, the answer is almost always the same.

Sevins trucking old school

Trucking through the generations

You’ll often hear owner-operators say that “trucking is in my blood.” It’s something most relate to on a level far deeper than an occupation. For some, trucking truly is part of their heritage.

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This can only be one thing: The Mid-America Trucking Show. The biggest truck show of the year will run March 28-30 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville.

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Industry Calendar – March/April 2019

This articles gives all important imformation for trucks shows all the way through July 2019. Providing dates, locations and websites for your convenience.

Strange Things & Lies

Strange Things & Filthy Lies – March/April 2019

Upon entering the vastly weird world of over-the-road trucking, I was immediately cautioned about accepting toothpicks from strangers.

The Spirit - OOIDA on the Road

OOIDA on the Road March/April 2019

Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, says that the February issue of Land Line Magazine is one that every truck driver should get their hands on.

Dashboard confidential, Speeding

Dashboard Confidential – March/April 2019

We have all heard the story from several months ago about the truck driver who followed his GPS into the woods and became totally lost in the great Northwest.

roses and razzberries

Roses & Razzberries – March/April 2019

ROSES to a letter that appeared in the Pensacola News Journal not long ago, detailing an act of kindness involving a trucker. The letter came from Patricia Edmisten of Pensacola, Fla., and told how she was on a family trip near Naples when she witnessed a trucker stop his truck, get out and give a homeless man some money before shaking his hand and getting back in the truck.


Freightliner Cascadia eCascadia

Nearly silent eCascadia to begin production in 2021

It’s unnerving how little noise it makes. No vibration. You can stand next to it and hear nothing. Not even a hum.

used parts

Countering counterfeits

Counterfeit parts have long been a problem in the U.S. and not just for big trucks but your personal vehicles as well.

Sully Sullenberger plane in Hudson River

Self-driving trucks are more futuristic than the hype would indicate

Missy Cummings doesn’t recommend choosing commercial pilot as a career.
This might seem like a strange statement for a pilot to make.

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff & Cool Services

The 12V JumpBooster JP30 jump-starter is designed specifically to jump-start heavy-duty diesel trucks. The compact device produces 3,000 peak cranking amps and is safe, efficient and easy to use.


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Tax Tips

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Road Law

Road Law

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Maintenance QA

Maintainenece Q&A

Brake problems arise when a shoe does not fully disengage after application. That causes continuing friction, causing the drum to heat above the tire rubber’s ignition point.

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Mafia Secrets – Advice from the Boss Man

Some trucks get sold and change ownership several times, but today we have a story of 67-year-old Kenneth Dunlap and his stunning Freightliner that made it all the way back home to him.