Lawmakers have been thanking truck drivers for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. OOIDA wants the respect to continue after the crisis.
OOIDA asks federal officials to help truckers do their jobs effectively during the coronavirus pandemic. Also, studying the pandemic’s effect on trucking.
Featured: Coronavirus, News
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.
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” […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
A few weeks after filing a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for excessive tolls, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked the court to immediately stop the commission from transferring any money for purposes not related to the turnpike while the case is pending. On Monday, OOIDA filed the motion for preliminary injunction in […]
Features, OOIDA Member
For a truck driver, tragedy can strike at any moment. Whether it’s a crash, a health-related incident, or a family emergency, truck drivers are often hundreds — if not thousands — of miles away from home when it happens. A trucker since 1981, Robert Palm knows this reality all too well. The OOIDA member from […]
The prospects for working out a deal at the Colorado statehouse to pay for transportation work looks a little more promising. Senate Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a long-term funding deal to help the state address a 10-year, $9 billion backlog in transportation needs. The Colorado Department of Transportation attributes the budget gap to […]
Look for the OOIDA tour trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, at a truck stop south of Atlanta through Tuesday. The Spirit is at the TA Atlanta South truck stop, which is at I-75 at Georgia Highway 36, Exit 201, in Jackson, Ga. After Tuesday, Jon Osburn, skipper of The Spirit, plans to head […]
News, Truck Parking
Drivers’ concerns and anxiety over a shortage of truck parking has increased since the ELD mandate went into effect. With 90 percent of truck parking coming from private truck stops, a lot of those concerns are directed at some of the bigger truck stop chains. Pilot Flying J is giving truckers an opportunity to voice […]
Fuel prices, News
For the third week in a row, the average U.S. price for a gallon of diesel went up, according to the Energy Information Administration. The average price for a gallon of diesel on Monday, April 2, was $3.042 per gallon. That is 3.2 cents higher than a week earlier. The lowest prices across the U.S. […]