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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.

Features, OOIDA Member

OOIDA seeks nominations to join its Board of Directors

You have until the end of the year to nominate someone to join the OOIDA Board of Directors as an alternate board member. Every two years OOIDA holds an election for board alternates. Alternates are elected to two-year terms by and from the membership. All current alternate board member terms expire in 2019, so it’s […]

News

FMCSA grants 90-day ELD waiver to ag haulers; requests comments on personal conveyance guidelines

Agricultural commodities haulers will have an extra 90 days to comply with the electronic logging mandate set to take effect on Monday, according to a limited waiver issued Friday. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has granted an exemption petition filed by the National Pork Producers Council on behalf of eight organizations representing […]

Crime & Courts, News, Safety & Security

Trucker on I-30 in Rowlett, Texas, shot at in apparent case of road rage

An act of road rage in Rowlett, Texas, has left one trucker hospitalized after a motorist shot at the truck’s cab, shattering the truck’s driver-side window. Law enforcement is requesting any witnesses or information that could help identify and capture the shooter. According to a Rowlett Police Department news release, officers were flagged down on […]

News

Colorado officials find little agreement on road funding solutions

As the New Year approaches, an old problem continues at the Colorado statehouse. Efforts continue to find solutions to transportation funding needs. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the governor recognize that solutions are needed to cover an estimated $1 billion annual shortfall for road construction and maintenance. The state Legislature acted earlier […]

News, OOIDA, Safety & Security

OOIDA aims to protect members from ‘unintended consequences’ at L.A. port

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to the Los Angeles City Council on Thursday, Dec. 14, lauding the councilmembers for their efforts to protect port truck drivers from unfair lease-purchase agreements, while also warning the council not to confuse those practices with legitimate lease agreements. Since USA Today published an investigative report in June about […]

Analysis, News

ELD ‘IOU’ won’t save drivers from citation, CVSA says

Drivers beware. If you purchased an ELD device but do not have it installed by Dec. 18, you will be issued a citation and potentially a fine. Reports are coming into OOIDA HQ from drivers who have already paid for an ELD device but haven’t received it from the manufacturer. At least two companies are […]

Federal, News

Babin delivers speech imploring Trump to delay ‘colossal’ ELD mandate

Rep. Brian Babin, who has championed a delay of the electronic logging mandate, took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives early Thursday morning, calling on President Donald Trump to delay the mandate. He attacked the $2 billion Obama-era regulation aggressively, that “shamefully remains on the books” and again asked Trump to delay […]

Federal, News, OOIDA

OOIDA to President Trump – Give truckers ‘relief’ from ELD mandate

With only days remaining until a $2 billion mandate requiring most commercial vehicles to install electronic logging devices, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is appealing to President Donald Trump to delay the rule’s implementation. In a letter sent to the White House on Dec. 13, the Association, along with a coalition of 10 industry groups […]

Federal, News

Bipartisan bills in House, Senate will require underride guards on trucks and trailers

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced a bill on Tuesday, Dec. 12, that will require the installation of front, rear and side underride guards on all trailers, semitrailers and single-unit trucks more than 10,000 pounds. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., introduced a mirrored bill in the House. […]

News

Freight index reaches another all-time high in October; truck freight remains strong

In the Transportation Services Index, which measures freight movement in tons and ton-miles, increases in four of six modes, including another significant increase in trucking, led to another all-time high. Trucking freight jumped forward for a fourth consecutive month, increasing from 144.5 to 146, an increase of more than 1 percent. Numbers from the American […]