October 2019

Clock is ticking to comment on HOS

OOIDA calls the proposal 'a big step in the right direction.'


HOS hours of service

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.

DRIVE-Safe Act

Not alone

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.

training rules

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.

Data Q

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.

sleep apnea

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

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.

crash preventability downtime

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.

Ethics watchdogs truck insurance increase

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.

Massachusetts Deadly Crash

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.

Jay Inslee veto

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.

Mountain Rules

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.

legislation, state watch

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

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.

Board nominations

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.

Danny Schnautz

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

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.

Truck Parking Zone

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.

UCR fees

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%.

Truckers for Troops

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.

OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship

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.

automatic emergency

Bill would mandate automatic emergency braking on trucks

Port of Montreal

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.

October 2019

In This Issue:


John Bendel, Land Line Contributing-Editor-at-Large

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.

Mark Schremmer, Big Trucking, truckers

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.

trucking history

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.

SuperRigs 2019

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 Filthy Lies

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, Speeding

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

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.


Tire chain Laws

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.

Canada Chain Laws

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

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

Bad vibrations

Cabmate ROI, a new product from Link Manufacturing's suspension line, works to make passive dampening systems perform dynamically based on road conditions.

ride quality

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.

truck products hot stuff and cool services

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.


Boss Man

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 QA

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 scams

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

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!