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Opinion

Who is Rep. Denham? Why does he oppose truckers’ rights?

“Oh, him again,” I thought last week when I heard the name of Rep. Jeff Denham mentioned on the radio. I know his name because of the Denham amendment. The Denham amendment is like a rash on my consciousness. I hear the name and I need to scratch. It is itchy but also stings. The […]

News, State

Louisiana joins states adopting changes for truck platoons

Providing authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways continues to advance through statehouses from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. The concept uses a lead truck to control the speed and braking of following trucks. Advocates say truck platooning will save fuel because of reduced aerodynamic drag, lessen traffic congestion, and improve highway safety. Some supporters […]

OOIDA, Safety & Security

OOIDA recognizes drivers for safe driving records

OOIDA recently announced honorees in the Association’s Safe Driving Award program. The following drivers have been recognized by the Association for truck driving excellence: Daryl Yearout of South Haven, Kan., has been recognized for 72 years of safe, accident-free driving. Dan Wallwork of Burnt River, Ont., has been recognized for 46 years of safe, accident-free […]

News, Safety & Security

Drivers living near Kilauea keep on trucking during latest eruption

While dramatic videos of lava flows and eruptions at Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s big island garner international media attention, truckers who live and work in the shadow of the mountain say things are, for the most part, business as usual. Richard Rego, an OOIDA senior member, lives in the town of Volcano, about six miles […]

Analysis, News

Truck NAFTA value reaches highest in at least 12 years

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that in March trucks moved more than 63 percent of NAFTA freight – with trains, planes, ships and pipelines picking up the rest. Four of five modes experienced an increase in freight year to year. By value, trucks carried the most cross-border since at least […]

Crime & Courts, News, Safety & Security, State

New York trucker pleads guilty to role in elaborate CDL testing scheme

A New York trucker has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his role in a CDL testing scheme, according to federal court documents. The scheme involved sending New York CDL applicants to Florida, where they obtained a fraudulent CDL using devices reminiscent of an old spy movie. Aziz Akhrorov recruited and referred New York-based CDL […]

Federal, News

FMCSA’s Martinez answers questions about ELD mandate at House hearing

Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, asked for small-business trucking fleets with excellent safety records to be afforded the same exemption from FMCSA’s electronic logging mandate that was given to the Motion Picture Association of America during a House Transportation Committee hearing on Tuesday, May 22. FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez met with the committee for more than […]

Fuel prices, News

Missouri lawmakers vote to add 10-cent fuel tax increase question to November ballot

Missouri voters could soon get to decide whether they want to tax themselves to help cover transportation-related costs. The state’s Department of Transportation has said there is an $825 million gap in annual road and bridge funding. In an effort to help address the issue, the Missouri General Assembly has agreed to give voters the […]

News

The Spirit heads to Louisiana, near Shreveport

OOIDA tour trailer The Spirit of the American Trucker is headed to Greenwood, La., which is just across the border from Texas and 15 miles west of Shreveport, La. Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit, plans to set up shop be at the Bill Underwood TA truck stop at Exit 5 on Interstate 20. The […]

News, OOIDA

Compliance check-up – OOIDA can help

Trucking is notorious for the paperwork required not only of truckers, but motor carriers. The alphabet soup of permits alone can make your head spin. OOIDA’s Permits and Licensing Department is here to help. The team members work to educate members about authority and permits. On the authority front they can assist members who need […]