From the Editor
An emotional roller coaster
Land Line Magazine's managing editor Jami Jones guides you on the emotional rollercoaster that is the October 2019 issue.
Clock is ticking to comment on HOS
FMCSA’s notice of proposed rulemaking for hours-of-service reform is here, and now is the time for truckers to let the agency know what they think.
Truckers talk 30-minute break, coercion at FMCSA listening session
Drivers gave FMCSA officials an earful on coercion, and the 30-minute rest break during an HOS listening session at The Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.
OOIDA isn’t the only group that believes the DRIVE-Safe Act has nothing to do with improving safety and is more about cheap labor for big fleets.
OOIDA: Delaying training rules will only delay benefits
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it doesn’t want any further delays in implementing federal entry-level driver training rules.
DataQs need due process
OOIDA fought for truck drivers’ rights to due process via the Data Q program during a recent Small Business Administration’s hearing.
OOIDA petitions DOT to repeal or amend medical-conflict provision
FMCSA's medical conflict provision should allow a trucker to get a second opinion from their own certified medical examiner. Not so in practice, says OOIDA.
Medical Review Board hints at returning apnea recommendations to handbook
The tug of war over unofficial sleep apnea recommendations to doctors continues with the FMCSA's Medical Review Board pushing back.
Stop Underrides Act a ‘nonsense’ bill, OOIDA says
The Stop Underrides Act is a “nonsense” bill that would cost the trucking industry tens of billions of dollars, OOIDA leaders said.
FMCSA wants to make crash preventability determination program permanent
Trucker involved in a crash they couldn't prevent will be glad to known FMCSA wants its crash preventability determination program to be permanent.
OOIDA asks Congress to reject ‘misguided’ plan to raise insurance minimums
A bill that would raise insurance minimums on commercial trucks to $5 million is meeting stiff opposition from OOIDA on Capitol Hill.
Transportation questions on three statewide ballots
A trio of states have major transportation questions on the ballots for the fall elections. Voters will be deciding revenue and funding decisions.
NY governor announces $200 million freight plan
Governor Andrew Cuomo announces plans to provide $200 million in funding to enhance freight traffic and safety in New York state.
Deadly crash triggers push for stricter truck driver rules
The Massachusetts governor is looking for stricter driver's license laws after a fatal crash in June where a seven motorcyclists were killed.
Washington lawmakers sue governor over budget veto
Gov. Jay Inslee is being sued by Washington state lawmakers over his use of a line item veto in the state's transportation budget.
Judge tosses Florida law to replace Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
A Florida judge has turned back a state law to do away with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority. But the battle is not expected to be over just yet.
Colorado launches ‘The Mountain Rules’ trucker safety program
The Mountain Rules is a Colorado pilot program aimed to promote and improve trucker safety on mountainous portions of Interstate 70.
State watch – October 2019
Here’s our early fall roundup of what governors signed into law in recent weeks and of other bills and pieces of legislation still active.
OOIDA lawsuit leads to Virginia removing thousands of HOS violations
Virginia was enforcing federal HOS rules without authority. An OOIDA lawsuit has led to thousands of violations being removed from the federal database.
OOIDA leaders take message to D.C.
A contingent of OOIDA leaders met with lawmakers’ staff to talk about such issues as speed limiters and insurance during a recent visit to Washington D.C.
Trucker uses ride-along to tell lawmaker about problems with ELD mandate
A ride-along with his Congressman gave OOIDA member Randy Martin a chance to tell him about his issues with the ELD mandate.
Now taking nominations for OOIDA Board of Directors
OOIDA is now accepting nominations for its board of directors. The nomination period begins Nov. 15. The election will take place in the fall of 2020.
A passionate trucking advocate
OOIDA Board Member Danny Schnautz took his first ride in a truck when he was 2 days old. His lifetime passion for trucking hasn’t wavered much since.
OOIDA course provides drivers keys to success
The second installment of the Truck to Success class was Sept. 10-12 in Blue Springs, Mo. The OOIDA course helps drivers prepare to be owner-operators.
Election season returns
This fall’s elections will not generate as much attention as a year ago, but the issues before voters will be decisions that are close to home.
The Parking Zone – October 2019
From a "Spanish Valley obsession" over a proposed truck stop to the latest locations (and number of spaces) being added by "The Big 3" truck stops, "The Parking Zone" is the spot for truck parking news.
FMCSA plans to reduce UCR fees again
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to reduce the fees for the Unified Carrier Registration again, this time by 12.82%.
Annual Truckers for Troops starts Nov. 11
November 11 - 15 will be Truckers for Troops week at OOIDA HQ. The annual campaign generates funds in order to send care packages to service personnel in combat zones.
Applications for 2020 OOIDA scholarship due by Feb. 1
The submission deadline for the 2020 OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship is February 1, 2020. Children, grandchildren and legal dependents of members are eligible.
Canada invests $18.5M in Port of Montreal truck traffic
The Canadian government recently announced it will invest $18.5 million in infrastructure projects at the Port of Montreal to alleviate congestion.
In This Issue:
- Clock is ticking to comment on HOS
- Truckers talk 30-minute break, coercion at FMCSA listening session
- Not alone
- OOIDA: Delaying training rules will only delay benefits
- DataQs need due process
- OOIDA petitions DOT to repeal or amend medical-conflict provision
- Medical Review Board hints at returning apnea recommendations to handbook
- Stop Underrides Act a ‘nonsense’ bill, OOIDA says
- FMCSA wants to make crash preventability determination program permanent
- OOIDA asks Congress to reject ‘misguided’ plan to raise insurance minimums
- Transportation questions on three statewide ballots
- NY governor announces $200 million freight plan
- Deadly crash triggers push for stricter truck driver rules
- Washington lawmakers sue governor over budget veto
- Judge tosses Florida law to replace Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
- Colorado launches ‘The Mountain Rules’ trucker safety program
- State watch – October 2019
- OOIDA lawsuit leads to Virginia removing thousands of HOS violations
- OOIDA leaders take message to D.C.
- Trucker uses ride-along to tell lawmaker about problems with ELD mandate
- Now taking nominations for OOIDA Board of Directors
- A passionate trucking advocate
- OOIDA course provides drivers keys to success
- Election season returns
- The Parking Zone – October 2019
- FMCSA plans to reduce UCR fees again
- Annual Truckers for Troops starts Nov. 11
- Applications for 2020 OOIDA scholarship due by Feb. 1
- Bill would mandate automatic emergency braking on trucks
- Canada invests $18.5M in Port of Montreal truck traffic
18-year-old truckers? Why not 16-year-olds?
Will Congress vote to allow kids just out of high school to drive 40-ton trucks? If Congress says yes, they will regret it. We all will.
Paid to sleep? Drivers just need to be paid more
Instead of getting caught up in an argument about whether someone should get paid to sleep, we should focus on making sure that a driver’s time is valued.
This month in trucking history – October 2019
This month in trucking history for the October 2019 issue of Land Line Magazine looks at OPEC, and an independent film about a female trucker, and more.
It’s Bristol, baby, and car haulers brought the show
Managing Editor Jami Jones goes inside Bristol Motor Speedway for an inside look at how truckers help fuel Clint Bowyer and other NASCAR drivers.
Theresa DeSantis takes home Best of Show at Shell Rotella SuperRigs 2019
OOIDA member Theresa DeSantis took home Best of Show honors in the Shell Rotella SuperRigs 2019 contest in Albert Lea, Minn., this summer.
Strange things and filthy lies – October 2019
What do Elvis, the Creature From The Black Lagoon, the Wolfman and The Mummy all have in common? These supernatural superstars all may have tried their hands (or claws) at trucking. Wendy Parker investigates.
Dashboard Confidential – October 2019
Columnist Dave Sweetman reflects on a fellow driver's experiences hauling live pigeons, which make for pretty flighty cargo.
Roses and Razzberries – October 2019
Land Line serves up scoops of roses and razzberries to deserving individuals, business and even government agencies for the good and bad.
U.S. chain law roundup 2019
Winter is just around the corner. Do you know which states require chains? Be prepared before you roll out with Land Line's annual U.S. Chain Law round up.
Chaining up in Canada
Land Line provides you with a comprehensive roundup of chain- and studded tire-related laws in all 10 provinces and three territories of Canada.
The race heats up for autonomous trucks
A company named TuSimple has emerged as the new leader in driverless truck development. At least you can get that impression from media coverage. It may or may not be the case.
Deep learning requires deep teaching
Deep learning enables computers to analyze and adjust performance without human intervention. Deep learning will be key for self-driving vehicles.
Cabmate ROI, a new product from Link Manufacturing's suspension line, works to make passive dampening systems perform dynamically based on road conditions.
Proof’s in the pounding, or lack of it
Contributing Editor Tom Berg got a roadside demonstration of Link ROI's Cabmate ride quality. How'd it do? Read his report.
Real-world test run of Pilot Flying J’s mobile app
Pilot Flying J invited Staff Writer Tyson Fisher to give a real-world test of the latest version of the truck stop chain's mobile app. Find out what he learned on his 800-mile journey.
Hot Stuff and Cool Services – October 2019
Land Line Magazine brings you the hottest new products and cool new services tailored to make your business and life as a truck driver easier.
Mafia secrets: Advice from the Boss Man – October 2019
Bryan "Boss Man" Martin of 4 State Trucks is back with another edition of advice on how to customize trucks. This month - a 1982 Kenworth W900A.
Maintenance Q&A – October 2019
Making the switch to a new oil? Don't neglect an oil analysis. Get more maintenance advice from Senior Technical Consultant Paul Abelson.
Tax Tips – October 2019
It's almost tax season. Get the answers to your questions about the hows and whys of income tax projections as we close out another fiscal year.
Road Law – October 2019
We take the practice of law very seriously. Some lawyers have forgotten their oath. Prosecutors, it’s time you wake up and smell the law. Do your duty!