‘Live From Exit 24’ recap: OOIDA Foundation’s role in fighting for truckers

October 7, 2020

Greg Grisolano

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On the latest episode of “Live From Exit 24,” listeners were treated to an in-depth explanation of the OOIDA Foundation’s role in fighting for the rights of all truckers.

Guest host Collin Long, OOIDA’s director of government affairs, was joined by special guest Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation as well as Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh during the Wednesday, Oct. 7, broadcast. The show focused on the importance of research in trucking and the role that OOIDA has played in ensuring that complete, accurate information is gathered on behalf of truck drivers.

Listen to the latest episode of ‘Live From Exit 24’ here. Catch up on the shows you missed here.

King said the Foundation’s main purpose is to fight for truckers in two phases: education and research. The research component aids OOIDA when it comes time for the Association to weigh in on regulatory matters. King said one of the best ways drivers can help is to participate in the surveys the Foundation routinely conducts about a variety of issues on the road.

King serves as OOIDA’s representation on two committees with the Transportation Research Board, including the committee on autonomous vehicles.

Called the Foundation one of OOIDA’s unsung heroes.

“When I first got here as a board member, and realized some of the stuff (the Foundation) is doing for trucking, they’re one of the most important parts here. … They make us look good.”

When it comes to the education component, King said the Foundation offers a number of classes, as well as the Mary Johnston Scholarship, which is open to the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members.

The Foundation is gearing up for its Truck To Success course for drivers considering a transition to becoming owner-operators. The 2020 Truck to Success course will be offered via Zoom web conferencing. It is scheduled for Oct. 26-28. Tuition will be $250, and includes a free one-year membership to OOIDA for attendees who register by Oct. 12.

King said the statistics on new trucking businesses can be “eye-opening.” About 25% of new trucking businesses fail in the first year. By the fifth year, the failure rate is around 60%.

“A lot of truck drivers are good at what they do, being that driver on the road,” King said. “But when it comes to getting their own authority, it takes a little bit extra. … So we wanted to provide that information, because the last thing we want them to do is fail.”

Callers from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Missouri joined Wednesday’s show.

Tune in to ‘Live From Exit 24’

OOIDA’s new internet talk show airs at 11 a.m. Central every other Wednesday. The hourlong, audio-only show encourages truck drivers to call in with a question or comment.

Listeners can tune in to the show on the “Live From Exit 24” website, OOIDA Facebook page or on OOIDA’s YouTube channel.

Long is filling in as guest host for Mike Matousek, OOIDA’s manager of government affairs.

OOIDA Foundation educational opportunities

Most recently, the OOIDA Foundation released five informational videos regarding FMCSA’s new hours-of-service regulations. The videos are intended to help truckers know what the rules changes are and how they can comply with them.

As another educational opportunity, the OOIDA Foundation is offering its Truck to Success classes through Zoom from Oct. 26-28. Go to the OOIDA website to learn more about the classes and how to register. LL

Greg Grisolano

Greg Grisolano joined Land Line in 2013. He was formerly a reporter for the Joplin Globe. He brings business writing and photography skills to Land Line, and has a passion for finding and telling stories about the people who make up the trucking industry.