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November 2020

Finally, flexibility

We have a new hours of service. Here's what the changes mean for drivers.

News

Finally, flexibility

We have hours-of-service reform. Here’s what the changes mean for drivers.

Teamsters, safety groups challenge new hours of service

FMCSA’s final rule for hours-of-service reform went into effect on Sept. 29, but a lengthy court battle could still be on the horizon.

Wiley Deck

New FMCSA leader takes over during hectic time for agency

Wiley Deck talks trucking in exclusive interview

personal conveyance

FMCSA: Personal conveyance mileage limit would be ‘arbitrary’

A personal conveyance mileage limit would be arbitrary without the proper data, FMCSA said in its reasoning for denying a CVSA petition.

Time to register for 2021 UCR

The registration period for the 2021 Unified Carrier Registration Plan started in October and enforcement is set to begin Jan. 1.

Agriculture

A defining move

FMCSA sends an interim final rule on agricultural commodity definitions to the White House for review.

Employee or independent contractor?

Department of Labor attempts to add clarity to the controversial topic.

FAST Act

FAST forward

Congress extends FAST Act for one year

broker transparency

Broker transparency essential, OOIDA says

Amended broker transparency regulations would allow truckers to “achieve economic benefits,” OOIDA wrote in formal comments.

FMCSA waivers

A year of waivers

FMCSA extends CDL, HOS waivers until Dec. 31

California Zero Emission

All California truck sales to be zero-emission by 2045

In the not-too-distant future, all new trucks and passenger vehicles sold in California will have to be zero-emission vehicles.

OOIDA to North Dakota: Say no to road trains

OOIDA is speaking out against a proposal that would allow “road trains” on North Dakota roadways. OOIDA sent a letter on Oct. 7.

transportation funding

States discuss transportation funding options

In the lead-up to the start of the 2021 legislative year, legislators in multiple states are discussing transportation funding options.

M-CORES

Not enough data for proposed Florida tolls, reports suggest

Draft reports on Florida's M-CORES program suggest proposed tolls on three separate corridors cannot be justified due to a lack of data.

state watch

State Watch – November 2020

Our roundup of noteworthy issues addressed by governors in recent weeks and the latest activity on other notable efforts.

‘Risky’ driving

There was no change in fatal crash stats for large trucks, but NHTSA says dangerous driving increased during shutdown.

The Parking Zone truck parking

The Parking Zone – November 2020

With the federal government about to release another Jason’s Law survey, Georgia shows a good understanding of the truck parking issue.

OOIDA board nominees

Alternate election for OOIDA Board approaches

Ballots for OOIDA’s biennial Board of Directors alternate election will be sent out to the Association’s members in December.

Truckers For Troops

Truckers for Troops returns in 2020

The Truckers for Troops campaign will take place the week of Veterans Day, from Nov. 9 through the start of business on Monday, Nov. 16.

OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship

Tell your kids, grandkids to apply for an OOIDA scholarship

The children and grandchildren of OOIDA members have until Feb. 1 to apply for the 2021 OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship.

Insurify safe drivers

Driving jobs with safest drivers include trucking, study reveals

A study by Insurify looking into various driving jobs shows that truckers have one of the lowest rates of driving violations.

Prime Settlement

Prime settlement deadline set for Dec. 7

Former and current New Prime truck drivers and trainees have until Dec. 7 to claim their portion from a $28 million settlement.

OOIDA PPP Loan Letter

OOIDA advocates to get PPP loans for small-business truckers

OOIDA sent a letter to Congress in September asking that small-business truckers not be left out of the second round of PPP loans.

FMCSA Driver Panel

FMCSA establishes driver panel subcommittee

FMCSA announced in September that it was creating a panel of commercial motor vehicle drivers to capture a wide array of viewpoints.

FMCSA wants to expand military under-21 pilot program

FMCSA plans to expand the number of military occupational specialties that are eligible for its military under-21 pilot program.

‘Slammer’ named in staged crash indictments shot to death

A man who was indicted in a massive insurance fraud scheme was found shot to death on Sept. 22 at an apartment in New Orleans.

Ex-FMCSA chief Jim Mullen joins TuSimple

TuSimple hires former FMCSA leader

Former FMCSA acting Administrator Jim Mullen accepted a job at TuSimple, the autonomous driving technology company announced.

November 2020

In This Issue:

Features

Clyde Edwards

A run at redemption

After prison, Clyde Edwards finds a career in trucking and reconnects with his son, NFL running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Michael Wray, inventor of "You're The Coach!"

Passion for the game

Trucker Michael Wray, Jr. has spent most of his life channeling his passion for football and board games into “You’re The Coach.”

Frank Pangburn

A children’s advocate

As a volunteer for the Truckin’ for Kids event for more than 30 years, OOIDA life member Frank Pangburn has helped raise millions of dollars.

Trucking in America Poster Contest Winners

Land Line Magazine asked kids across America to draw poster tributes to the American truck driver. The entries didn’t disappoint.

GBATS 2020

GBATS: The show goes on-line

The in-person Guilty By Association Truck Show was postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19. But that didn’t stop GBATS from going on.

2020 SuperRigs moves forward with virtual show

Brian Dreher won the Best of Show award with his 2016 Peterbilt 389 at Shell Rotella’s 2020 SuperRigs, which was held virtually.

Memory Lane Sam

Barefoot in the Mack

In this edition of Memory Lane, Land Line’s John Bendel recalls a day of work that involved a sulfuric acid spill and a trip to the mall.

Mafia Secrets November 2020

Mafia Secrets – November 2020

You’re a daisy if you do.

Cool Gifts 2020 gift guide for truckers

Cool Gifts 2020

Looking for the perfect gift for a fellow driver, loved one or maybe yourself? Land Line has you covered with its annual list of Cool Gifts.

Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA's tour trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker OOIDA on the road

OOIDA on the Road – November 2020

While it’s not all crab cakes and Whoopie pies for Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s tour trailer, they are nice perks all the same.

Dave Sweetman, Dashboard Confidential

Dashboard Confidential – November 2020

Confessions of an overachieving workaholic

Strange Things and Filthy Lies

Strange Things & Filthy Lies – November 2020

West Virginia might be “wild and wonderful,” but West Texas is wild and liable to wound you – both physically and psychologically.

Roses & Razzberries COVID-19

Roses & Razzberries – November 2020

In this edition of Roses & Razzberries, roses go out the FMCSA for creating a panel of drivers to provide input on how to improve safety.

Business

Change it, you must

When to drain motor oil varies by engine and type of service, but it’s probably longer than you realize.

‘Comprehensive updates’

Volvo modernizes auto hauler, vocational models.

Hino, Toyota develop fuel cell-electric tractor

Coming in 2021, an all-electric collaboration between Hino and Toyota.

Western Star

A push into the vocational market

Western Star 49X engineered specifically for heavy-hauling, construction and trash.

truck products hot stuff and cool services

Hot Stuff & Cool Services – November 2020

Fire safety, trucking mattresses and a little help cleaning up after furry friends.

Advice

Maintenance Q A

Maintenance Q&A – November 2020

TMC, fender benders and collision-avoidance systems.

Road Law

Road Law – November 2020

Pay now or pay more later.

Tax Tips scams

Tax Tips – November 2020

Revisit your withholding and estimated payments. If you haven’t had enough taxes withheld from your income, now is a good time to catch up.