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Free flu shots available through April 30; shingles vaccines through Sept. 20

Through April 30, vouchers for free flu shots will be available for truckers from the St. Christopher Truckers Fund. Truckers also may get vouchers for free pneumonia and shingles vaccines. They are available through Sept. 20. Drivers can get their vouchers from the St. Christopher Fund website or from OOIDA’s Jon Osburn on the Association’s […]

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Seattle proposes tolls on city streets to reduce carbon emissions

Seattle is continuing to make changes and policies in an effort to combat climate change. This time, motorists will be paying for it. Mayor Jenny Durkan recently announced the Seattle Climate Action, which includes tolling city streets. Despite efforts to slow down road transportation emissions, the reduction has not been fast enough over the past […]

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Drivers in Trucker Buddy program help students learn

Commercial motor vehicle drivers willing to help mentor youth as a pen pal should look into joining the program at Trucker Buddy International. Trucker Buddy International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization started in 1992 that is dedicated to helping educate school children. Professional truck drivers who have undergone background checks work with children in grades […]

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Four more states adopt rule changes to accommodate truck platoons

Authority to test driver-assistive truck platooning technology on highways is a trending topic at statehouses from Pennsylvania to Oregon. 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 […]

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Next stop, The Spirit sets up in northern Florida

Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit, plans to set up Wednesday near Ocala, Fla. He plans to be at the Ocala Petro at I-75 and Highway 318 from April 5 through April 7. It is at Exit 368. Before Jon rolls into the Ocala Petro, I-75 will take him through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park […]

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FMCSA says doctors need signed certificate before they can conduct DOT exams

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said a medical professional does not become a certified medical examiner until he or she receives a signed certificate and that any DOT exams performed before that time would be considered invalid. FMCSA’s explanation was in response to Land Line receiving information that at least one doctor started conducting DOT physicals […]

News, OOIDA

OOIDA backs Colorado bill ensuring Occ-Acc coverage to independent truckers

An effort halfway through the Colorado General Assembly would ensure occupational accident insurance coverage is available to independent truckers in the state. Colorado law now requires independent commercial operators to have workers’ compensation or a private insurance policy that provides similar coverage. The Senate voted to advance a bill that would change “private insurance policy” […]

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ATRI announces 2018 top research priority list

Which trucking-related issues need more research and studies? Although there are many arguably correct answers, the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee has narrowed it down to six in their 2018 top research priorities list. Last week, ATRI’s board of directors vetted and approved the committee’s list of research topics over critical industry issues. […]

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Trucking company seeks five-year exemption from ELDs for high-security loads

A motor carrier specializing in hauling high-security freight for the U.S. Department of Energy is requesting an exemption from the electronic logging device mandate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Wednesday that it is accepting public comments on an ELD exemption request from Wilcox Truck Lines Inc., Springfield, Mo. According to the request, Wilcox […]

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Study reveals Americans drove distracted in 36 percent of trips

Perhaps not too surprising for most, recent data reveals that distracted driving is only getting worse. Research conducted by telematics and behavioral analytics company Cambridge Mobile Telematics shows distracted driving occurring in more than 36 percent of trips across the United States, a 5 percent increase from last year. Cambridge, Mass.-based Cambridge Mobile Telematics has […]