The Latest

Featured: Coronavirus, News

A coronavirus timeline: How we got here

Land Line Media provides a timeline of the events related to the coronavirus dating back to Dec. 31, when the first reports came out of China.

Fuel prices, News

Diesel prices rise again, by 2.6 cents on average across the U.S.

The average cost for a gallon of diesel fuel nationwide on Monday went up by 2.6 cents compared to a week previous, according to the Energy Information Administration. On Monday, Sept. 3, the EIA reported the U.S. average price per gallon of diesel cost $3.252. The average price per gallon for diesel fuel is 49.4 […]

News, State

Pursuit of new CDL training requirements in California moves to governor

The California Legislature has voted to send to the governor a bill intended to improve safety on the state’s roadways by implementing new federal commercial driver regulations. Additional truck driver safety requirements also would be added. The Assembly voted unanimously to approve changes made in the Senate to implement a federal rule requiring people seeking […]

News, Safety & Security

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens flooding in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

Tropical Storm Gordon is moving through the Gulf of Mexico with 65 mph winds and headed toward Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as of Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 4. All three states have issued a state of emergency declaration in preparation for landfall on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. As of Tuesday afternoon no evacuations have been […]

Analysis, Truck Parking

The Parking Zone – August 2018

Every week, there are several news articles across the nation related to truck parking. They range from a state department of transportation closing a rest area to local city councils preventing the opening of a truck stop. New reports regarding local truck parking are too numerous and small in scope to report on individually. However, […]

Crime & Courts, OOIDA, OOIDA Member

OOIDA helps member get $14,400 fine for overweight load dismissed

With the help of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s regulatory department and a clarification from the Federal Highway Administration, a truck driver’s $14,400 fine for having an overweight load was dismissed. Jordan Mikesell, a truck driver for Ralph Smith Co., West Bountiful, Utah, was cited on July 9 after attempting to enter the Evanston, Wyo., […]

News, OOIDA

Time to comment on HOS reform; OOIDA releases ‘how to’ video

More than 1,100 people have commented on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s request for comments on possible reform of the hours-of-service regulations. And, to make it easier for anyone unfamiliar, or intimidated with the online process, OOIDA has created a short how-to video to walk potential commenters through the steps. “We want all professional […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Speed limit on I-74 in Illinois lowered by 10 mph

Motorists driving on Interstate 74 in Illinois better start paying attention to the speed limit signs. The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced speed limit reductions on portions of the interstate effective Friday, Aug. 31. Already in effect in the Champaign-Urbana area, the posted speed limit along Interstate 74 from west of Interstate 57 to […]

News, OOIDA

OOIDA supports reducing redundancy, asks that savings go to driver training programs

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association submitted formal comments earlier this week regarding FMCSA’s proposal to make it easier for drivers to upgrade a Class B commercial driver’s license to a Class A CDL. While OOIDA agrees with the agency’s efforts to reduce redundancy in the certification process, the Association wants the proposal to eliminate a […]

News

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. Don L. Peters of Saratoga, Wyo., has been recognized for 56 years of safe, accident-free driving. Randall Strachan of Palmyra, Mo., has been recognized for 38 years of safe, accident-free driving. […]

Opinion

What truckers and lawyers should (and do) have in common

Per definition, professional licensure “protects the public by enforcing standards that restrict practice to qualified individuals who have met specific qualifications in education, work experience, and exams.” CDLs are professional licensure,  just like a license to practice law. They both require a standardized education and exams before a license is issued. These are similarities Ray […]