LLN (2/8/19) – Educating lawmakers about the dangers of split speed limits is a constant battle. Also, truckers are upset about the re-emergence of the speed limiter issue. A new report says ELDs don’t make roads safer. And The House Highway Subcommittee is ready to get to work. And many of its members already have a history with trucking issues.
0:00 – 9:41 – Newscast
9:41 – 24:25 – Split speed limits; ELDs and safety
24:25 – 39:22 – Truckers on speed limiters
39:22 – 49:08 – House Highway Subcommittee
- Just days ago, the Teamsters filed their second court action attempting to overturn the FMCSA’s ban on California’s meal and rest break rules. Now, the state’s attorney general and the California Labor Commissioner’s Office have entered the fray. Read more here: FMCSA faces another challenge for its decision to pre-empt California break laws.
- Florida lawmakers want answers and action on the contractor that mishandled SunPass. Learn more about the issue here: Florida lawmakers seek action against ‘wholly unqualified’ SunPass contractor.
When people in the general public, including many lawmakers, hear a plan to slow down those big trucks, they typically think it sounds like a good idea. However, that’s despite the mountain of science that says it’s a bad idea for safety. OOIDA spends an enormous amount of time trying to educate those folks . Mary McKenna talks with OOIDA Manager of Government Affairs Mike Matousek.
Also, the preliminary findings of a new report by two Universities says ELDs don’t make roads safer. In fact, they may make roads more dangerous. Mary talks with Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation about the new research.
- Read some of Land Line Magazine’s coverage of split speed limits:
- Learn more about the ELD study: ELD mandate hasn’t reduced crashes, study reveals.
Jon Osburn continues to hear from truckers about familiar topics such as tolls, fuel prices and freight rates. But now they’re upset about another old topic that’s back in the news – speed limiters. Mark Reddig talks with the man who drives the Spirit of the American Trucker.
- See Jon’s full schedule, “The Spirit” Schedule.
- Read about the NTSB’s Most Wanted safety improvements list: NTSB’s top 10 safety improvements target impaired driving, fatigue.
The House Highway Subcommittee is ready to get to work. And many of its members already have a history with trucking issues. Mark Reddig gets a rundown from Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.
- 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.