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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.

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 […]

News, Safety & Security

Cargo theft instances increase 28 percent on Labor Day weekends, report says

Industry experts are once again warning those in the trucking industry to be on alert for increased instances of cargo theft during the upcoming holiday weekend. Long weekends like Labor Day weekend offer organized cargo thieves more targets of opportunity, as loads often sit unattended for days. Austin, Texas-based SensiGuard Intelligence Center reports that the […]

News

Four finalists vie to be named trucking’s top rookie military veteran

The search for the top rookie military veteran truck driver of 2018 has been narrowed to four. During August’s Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, Fastport named the four finalists for the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award, which includes the winner receiving a new Kenworth T680 Advantage with a 76-inch sleeper. The final four: […]

News, State

Mississippi legislators approve $200 million annually for transportation

Two new laws in Mississippi will help address transportation needs throughout the state. Following a five-day special session called by Gov. Phil Bryant, state lawmakers reached deals on two bills that are estimated to raise $200 million for roads and bridges once fully implemented. After years of coming up short of the majority approval necessary […]

News

The Spirit sets up in Brooklyn, Iowa, and then Albert Lea, Minn.

As it happens, OOIDA’s touring trailer rolls into the TA Travel Center in Brooklyn, Iowa, during a sad time for the community just north of the truck stop. Brooklyn, Iowa, is the hometown of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbets, who was found dead Aug. 21 in a cornfield outside Brooklyn, where she had been staying during her […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Pennsylvania officer allegedly offered sex to trucker for favorable inspection

A Pennsylvania State Patrol motor carrier enforcement officer has been charged for allegedly soliciting a sexual act from a trucker in return for leniency on violations during an inspection, according to a Pennsylvania State Patrol news release. On Aug. 23, enforcement officer Robert Aigeldinger, 49, allegedly coerced a truck driver to perform a sexual act […]