Canada getting driver training first

July 5, 2019

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LLN (7/5/19) –
Some Canadian provinces already require entry level driver training, and all of Canada will have it before a U.S. rule goes into effect. The recent wreck on I-70 near Denver is a tragedy, but we can learn from it. Two lawsuits involving truckers made the news recently. And federal security officials have sent out a message to transportation officials nationwide about the Fourth of July weekend.

0:00-9:57 – Newscast

9:57-24:42 – Canadian driver training; learning from tragic wreck

24:42-39:40 – Lawsuits involving truckers

39:40-49:26 – Holiday weekend security alert

Segment 1

Newscast

  • OOIDA is kicking off a new educational series titled “Shift Into Success” at the 2019 Great American Truck Show in Dallas. The first class, covering the cost of operations, takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 22 in room C147 at the convention center. It’s free, and you don’t have to be an OOIDA member.
  • Starting July 11, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Walcott Truckers Jamboree. That takes place at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop. Stop in, say hi to Jon and Sassi, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
  • The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25 percent of the cost for an APU.

Segment 2

The U.S. Entry Level Driver Training rule is set to go into effect next year. But some Canadian provinces are already requiring it, and all of Canada will have it before the U.S. rule goes into effect. Mark Reddig talk with Johanne Couture, a member of the OOIDA Board of Directors.

The recent wreck on I-70 near Denver is a tragedy, but we can learn from it. Greg Fulton of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association joins Mark to explain.

Segment 3

Two lawsuits involving truckers made the news recently. Terry Scruton talks with attorney Matthew Prengaman about a case of gang-related non-consensual towing in Chicago, and attorney John Egers brings us up to date on a lawsuit dealing with missing payroll money.

Segment 4

Federal security officials have sent out a message to transportation officials nationwide about the Fourth of July weekend. Mark Reddig covers that – plus some holiday weekend opportunities – with OOIDA Director of Safety and Security Operations Doug Morris.

  • Normally, and after the holiday weekend, if you see odd behavior – for example, someone slowly driving several times by a warehouse, or someone taking too many photos of a bridge – call the TSA First Observer hotline at 844-TSA-FRST (1-844-872-3778).
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that at FightingForTruckers.com.
  • To call members of Congress, dial 202-224-3121.
  • Read OOIDA’s Guide to Contacting Lawmakers.