May 2019

Out for Re$pect

OOIDA President Todd Spencer tells drivers they are the ones who have to make noise when companies take advantage of them. They are doing just that and others are taking notice.


Benjamin Franklin

Out for RE$PECT

Truck drivers want respect.
This should not be a revelation. People from every profession seek respect and appreciation for the work they do.

Gold Star

A case study shows no driver shortage for companies treating drivers well

A Bureau of Labor Statistics report published earlier this year suggests there is no “driver shortage.” Rather, any shortage of labor can be easily solved by increasing wages.

Elaine Chao Ray Martinez HOS announcement

DOT leader promises flexibility in hours-of-service rule

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said owner-operators and small-business truckers hoping for flexibility in hours of service should get some good news soon

refrigerated freight potential pitfalls of reefer loads

OOIDA fighting ‘costly,’ ‘impractical’ underride legislation

Four lawmakers introduced the Stop Underrides Act on March 5. S665 and HR1511 would require tractor-trailers to have underride guards on the sides and front.

Larry Minor FMCSA update MATS

FMCSA officials provide update on drug clearinghouse, driver training rules

Officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration used the Mid-America Trucking Show to give drivers an in-person update on the status of major changes to drug clearinghouse and driver training rules.

Truck Driver Training

FMCSA advances amended entry-level driver training rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving forward with a final rule aimed at making it easier for drivers to upgrade a Class B commercial driver’s license to a Class A CDL.

ELD electronic paperwork

Back on the attack

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is offering its support for a pair of bills that would provide relief to truck drivers from the electronic logging mandate.

second opinion prostate cancer

DOT to conduct audit into FMCSA’s medical certificate program

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General is conducting an audit of the FMCSA’s medical certificate program.

USMCA agreement

OOIDA calls on U.S. trade representative to address cross-border trucking in USMCA

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association urges the U.S. trade representative to continue moving forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement approval process.

No Under 21 Drivers

Lawmakers reintroduce bills aimed at lowering age for truckers

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is urging lawmakers to vote against measures that would allow 18-year-olds to drive in interstate commerce.

PA Turnpike

OOIDA to appeal dismissal of Pennsylvania toll lawsuit

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it will appeal the dismissal of its lawsuit against the state of Pennsylvania over its tolling authority on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

truck parking FHWA wants input

Bills in four states address truck parking concerns

The Association says the truck parking shortage nationally remains one of the biggest issues for truckers. Mike Matousek, OOIDA’s manager of government affairs, said calling it a truck parking “crisis” is probably a more accurate description of the situation.

Alternative fuels signage

Revenue from alternative-fuel vehicles catches attention in 10 states

As states continue to wait on the federal government to reach a transportation funding deal, work continues at statehouses to come up with their own solutions to help boost transportation funding.

ooida scores win against forced tows, unscrupulous

OOIDA works to protect truckers from predatory toll practices in Missouri, Colorado

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is busy working to add consumer protections on nonconsensual tows in one state and to maintain those protections in another

roadside drug testing strip

Michigan plans to expand roadside drug testing program

A roadside drug testing program in Michigan is expected to expand statewide this fall.
The Michigan State Police recently released the results of the pilot program.

legislation, state watch, bills

State Watch

We know you don’t have time to keep up with all of the bills being considered that affect your trucking business. That’s why your Association keeps a close watch on legislative action in statehouses near you.

Truck Parking Zone

The Parking Zone – May 2019

New reports regarding local truck parking are too numerous and small in scope to report on individually but are directly related to underlying problems.

Monte Wiederhold

‘These guys are really looking out for us’

Monte believes the role OOIDA plays keeping lawmakers and government officials in touch with small-business owner-operators is equally as important as the role the Association takes in educating and informing the small-business owner-operator.


Down to brass tacks

Some 50 people attended OOIDA's Truck to Success March class, a 2½-day intensive training course for truck drivers thinking about becoming owner-operators.

Todd Spencer Autonomous vehicles conference

OOIDA’s Spencer: America isn’t ready for autonomous trucking

Some advocates of technology may claim a driverless future is just around the corner, but not OOIDA President Todd Spencer.

Pumping fuel tax

California governor dreamin’ of fuel tax revenue reroute?

Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a housing plan that puts transportation revenue for local governments at risk.

Manitoba Canada sign

Manitoba to require entry-level training for truck drivers

On Sept. 1, entry-level training for commercial truck drivers in the Canadian province of Manitoba will become mandatory, Manitoba Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced on March 26.

May 2019

In This Issue:


FEMA training for truckers

How to help your fellow citizens in the face of disaster

2018 natural disaster include the deadliest wildfire in California's state history and Florida experienced the strongest hurricane in the region’s history.


A big carrier with a colorful history goes bust

New England Motor Freight, a New Jersey-based LTL, filed for bankruptcy in February, just one year after its 100th anniversary.

Moving Day for Spring Training by truck

Hauling America’s Pastime

Alongtime truck driver and baseball fan has filled a critical role for the organization the past several years: hauling Major League Baseball equipment.

Lewie Pugh at MATS 2019

Members sound off about trucking issues during OOIDA Town Hall

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association members and representatives of the Association’s leadership team met face-to-face before the start of the Mid-America Trucking Show for a dialogue about the biggest issues facing drivers on the road.

Citizen Drivers 2019

Trio of OOIDA life members named 2019 Citizen Driver honorees

The TA & Petro Citizen Driver award is TravelCenters of America’s way of recognizing the hard work, safety and commitment of professional truckers.

Highway Hero 2019

Highway Hero says his brave deed is ‘what we do on the road’

What Mathias did to be named a Highway Hero was render first aid and CPR to two children who were seriously injured in a car crash in his hometown of Phoenix.

PKY Truck Beauty 2019

Best of the best

The highlight for many attendees at the Mid-America Trucking Show is the Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Contest, with hundreds of gorgeous rigs staking out prime pavement space.

Mary Johnston Scholarship Check from Shell

Shell Rotella donates to OOIDA scholarship fund, safe driving award

Shell Rotella presented a pair of checks to OOIDA for the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund and the OOIDA Safe Driving Award.

Truckers Against Trafficking Check

TravelCenters presents $112,946 to Truckers Against Trafficking

TravelCenters of America, in partnership with High Noon Sales, raised $112,946 in sales of merchandise with the Truckers Against Trafficking logo

The Spirit - OOIDA on the Road

OOIDA On The Road – May 2019

There is a clear favorite topic among drivers visiting OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, and that's hours-of-service.

Dashboard confidential, Speeding

Dashboard Confidential – May 2019

I have often found a nail in a tire, a dangling air hose, or usually something minor. Better to catch it sooner than later when it can turn ugly. But, sometimes, you just can’t avoid ugly.

Strange Things Filthy Lies May 2019

General proximity with counterculture

I can state with a fair amount of certainty that I’ve been in the general proximity of at least one form of alien life during our travels on the road.

roses and razzberries

Roses & Razzberries – May 2019

Roses & Razzberries, where we see what's hot and what's hot and what's not in the trucking industry brought to us by Terry Scruton.


Fuel pump skimmers skimming

Credit card skimming will force changes at the pump

Credit card skimming at fuel pumps is a big deal – bigger than most people realize. That’s probably because most news stories about it are only reported in local media.

chip cards

Chip cards won’t fix everything

Skimming may remain a problem – though a much smaller one – for a while, even after chip card readers are installed. Criminal techies have come up with a way to extract data from chip cards.

Empty cargo trailer theft

Curbing cargo theft

Cargo theft is a billion-dollar business for thieves and criminal organizations. But the impact on American commerce is certainly just as significant

Freightliner Cascadia

Freightliner upgrades driver-assist tech on 2019 Cascadia

Daimler’s investments in technology and trucking create excitement and innovation spanning the globe. That trend has continued in 2019 with the introduction of Detroit Assurance 5.0

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff & Cool Services

This month we brings you 6 different products and services sure to catch your attention with all the information you'll need to find them yourself.


Mafia Secrets May 2019

Mafia Secrets – Advice from the Boss Man

So, what do y’all do when you want a newer, fresher truck but don’t want to pay the new truck price of $160,000 or more? You guessed it, do a custom build.

Maintenance QA

Maintenance Q&A

There's always maintainence that can be done, but that doesn't make it any less confusing. Paul Abelson is here to answers all your questions.

Road Law

Road Law

It may seem strange, but representing companies and drivers on traffic ticket charges isn’t a magic act, and it’s usually a difficult task.

Tax Tips scams

Tax Tips

Everybody has questions when it comes to taxes, and we're here to priovide answers and tips when it comes to everything tax related.