COVID-19 hot topic in trucks, Congress

July 17, 2020


Land Line Now, July 17, 2020.

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Two members of Congress want the U.S. DOT to speed up the march toward automated vehicles – in part, to help stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATRI data quantifies impacts of COVID-19 on trucking

I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

California extends expiring CDLs while Montana requires masks; fires shut down interstates in Arizona and Wyoming; and a truck theft by dog heft – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. The one thing to set your truck apart

Sometimes, it just takes one thing to really set your truck apart. But how do you decide what that one thing is, and then how do you get it?

III. COVID-19, closed restaurants on truckers’ minds

Jon Osburn says talk of COVID-19 is a big topic out on the road – along with face masks, and especially, truck stop restaurants that have been closed again by local authorities.

IV. COVID-19 used to push automated vehicles

Two members of Congress want the U.S. DOT to speed up the march toward automated vehicles – in part, to help stem the tide of COVID-19.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • OOIDA has set up an online resource to provide direct access to information needed to operate in the current coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 – Facts for Truckers logo on the Land Line Media website.
  • It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email
  • Oregon State Police are seeking the public’s help in a series of shootings along Interstate 5. If you have information about the shootings or you believe your vehicle has been shot you should contact their Southern Command Center at 800-442-2068 or dial *OSP.
  • Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker are at the Petro in Gary, Ind., at Exit 9 on Interstates 90 and 84. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon also has face masks if you’re in need.
  • Be sure to check out Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.