The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a $2 trillion relief package to help Americans, small businesses and industries affected by COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 crisis develops, the government is working to make it easier for truckers to do their jobs. Also, Jon Osburn says folks are helping out.
“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 […]
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 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
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]