November 2021

A chance to speak up

FMCSA, truckers discuss regulations and safety concerns at Town Hall event.


FMCSA town hall, Todd Spencer

A chance to speak up

FMCSA, truckers discuss regulations and safety concerns at Town Hall event.

highway bill

Failure to launch

OOIDA said that the Senate-approved version of the infrastructure bill remains the most likely outcome.

vaccine mandate, vaccination

White House issues guidance on vaccine mandate for federal contractors

The White House issued guidance in late September that would require most federal contractors and subcontractors to be vaccinated from COVID-19 by Dec. 8.

CDL issuance on Federal Register docket

Closing the ‘knowledge gap’

FMCSA releases final rule for states on streamlining CDL issuance.

CPAP recall

Medical Review Board suggests 90-day waiver for drivers affected by CPAP recall

FMCSA’s Medical Review Board met to discuss the Philips Respironics CPAP recall and to make recommendations for medical examiners.

drug testing

OOIDA wants FMCSA to grant relief for drivers in drug testing bind

Shortages of plastic cups and lab technicians could leave some drivers in a bind when called for a random drug test, OOIDA warns.

Meera Joshi

Driver pay a focus of Joshi nomination hearing

Meera Joshi brought attention to problems with driver compensation during her nomination hearing to become FMCSA administrator.

OOIDA, Werner tractor-trailer

Werner tries to benefit from ‘driver shortage’ claims, OOIDA says

OOIDA calls a recent exemption request from Werner Enterprises an example of a large carrier using the claims of a driver shortage to take advantage of safety regulations.

Oregon chain laws

Chain law violations in Oregon are double the trouble

An amendment to Oregon’s chain laws increasing fines by 100% went into effect in September, just before the state prepared for winter weather.

Gina Raimondo

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo avoids subpoenas in Rhode Island toll lawsuit

A federal court of appeals found government privilege applies in a challenge to state’s truck-only toll.

California port drivers

California law protects port drivers

A new law in California is touted to end the exploitation of port drivers at the state’s ports and inland distribution centers.

legislation, state watch, bills

State Watch – November 2021

As the new year approaches, OOIDA is focused on providing truckers with information on important legislation during the coming year.

OOIDA HQ; OOIDA board of directors elections

Nominations for OOIDA’s Board of Directors due Dec. 31

If you’ve ever thought you’d like to be part of the OOIDA Board of Directors, now is the time to submit your nomination. The deadline is Dec. 31.

Truckers for Troops 2021 campaign

‘We owe it to those who have served’

OOIDA readies for 15th installment of Truckers for Troops.

2019 OOIDA scholarship logo, OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship

Deadline for OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship is Feb. 1

OOIDA Foundation’s Mary Johnston Scholarship Program has offered higher education assistance for legal dependents of members since 1998.

LL Media The Parking Zone

Parking Zone – November 2021

NIMBYs and truckers need to work together.

California AB5

AB5 still pending

Although the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition regarding AB5 on Oct. 4, the California Trucking Association’s case is still pending.

Supreme Court PDX lawsuit

SCOTUS declines to hear PDX’s challenge to New Jersey contractor laws

The U.S. Supreme Court declined PDX’s petition to settle a case against the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

NHTSA autonomous vehicle

NHTSA expects to see thousands of Level 2 autonomous crash reports annually

Justifying continued incident reporting on autonomous vehicle crashes, NHTSA claims that thousands of Level 2 autonomous vehicle crashes occur each year.

Operation Sideswipe arrests

Operation Sideswipe indictments keep pouring in

At least 40 people have been charged in connection with Operation Sideswipe, a scheme to deliberately crash cars into commercial vehicles.


Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey returns

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics is gearing up for the return of the Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey.

November 2021

In This Issue:


Corporate Welfare, PBS documentary

‘I’m one of the lucky ones’

Carl Smith, an OOIDA board member from Ohio, was featured in the recently released documentary, “Corporate Welfare: Where’s the Outrage?”

Transition Trucking award

Where are they now?

Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award is designed to provide an incredible head start to one veteran’s entrepreneurial career.

GBATS 2021

Worth the wait

GBATS returns in person for first time in three years.

Special Olympics

Convoys in South Dakota, Missouri continue to benefit Special Olympics

Funds raised by this event make a direct impact on nearly 3,000 South Dakota Special Olympic athletes, who would likely not have the opportunity to compete without this effort.

Tamara Brock

A story of perseverance

I lost everything before I got into trucking.’

Joe Stamm Band

A trucker’s song

The song is “Pocketful of Quarters” by the Joe Stamm Band. And at the heart of it? Former truck driver and OOIDA member Charlie Roberts.

Mafia Secrets - November 2021

Mafia Secrets – November 2021

Just a regular ol’ working show truck.

Cool Gifts

Cool Gifts 2021

Every year, Land Line Magazine scans the internet for some cool, useful, fun and/or straight-up strange gifts for the professional driver.

Marty Ellis d rives The Spirit, the OOIDA tour trailer

OOIDA on the road – November 2021

Marty Ellis, skipper of OOIDA’s tour trailer, will be on the road for Thanksgiving but his family doesn’t fixate on specific days for holidays.

Capitol Christmas Tree

Capitol Christmas Tree makes its journey to D.C.

The Capitol Christmas Tree will be transported to Washington, D.C., by a specially wrapped Kenworth T680.

Slight Detour

Slight Detour – November 2021

From the cornfields of Nebraska to the banana trees of Florida.

trucker; dashboard confidential; inspection

Dashboard Confidential – November 2021

A mistress without a heart.

Wheels of Time - November 2021

Wheels of Time – November 2021

Enjoy this slideshow of historic trucks, courtesy of the American Truck Historical Society.

2021 TMC SuperTech Champion Christopher Tate

Grand champion

N.Y. technician wins second TMC SuperTech title.

truckers, Roses and Razzberries

Roses & Razzberries – November 2021

It is time to hand out Roses & Razzberries to some guardian angels among us to rascally politicians and underpaying carriers.


TMC 2021, Technology & Maintenance Council

TMC 21 Highlights

Mirrors, electronic braking, and future tractor-trailer connections take center stage

CB radio

FM is coming to a CB radio near you

The Federal Communications Commission has approved the use of FM transmission in CB radios. But you won’t need to buy a new CB radio yet.

Hot Stuff Cool Services, truck products

Hot Stuff and Cool Services – November 2021

A warming backrest, 360-degree LED lighting and who doesn't love Legos?


Maintenance, Q&A 2021 Paul Abelson

Maintenance Q&A – November 2021

On proper tire inflation, and how summer heat can kill batteries in winter.

Trucking & Taxes

Trucking & Taxes – November 2021

This edition of Trucking & Taxes takes a look at the differences between independent contractors and employees.

Road law

Road Law – November 2021

How to get around obstacles and situations that are impeding your ability to remain qualified to drive.