Finding jobs in an autonomous world

March 20, 2019


LLN (3/19/19) – Finding jobs in an autonomous world is likely years down the road. However, one presidential candidate thinks it’s sooner than you think. And he has plans to ease truckers through the transition. Forty years following the end of the Vietnam War, a tribute truck is making its way across the country. And we’ll have an update on states increasing fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure.

0:00-9:26 – Newscast

9:26-24:13 – Vietnam Veterans Tribute Truck

24:13-39:07 – Fuel Taxes Hot Topic in multiple states

39:07-48:51 – Next step in AV technology

Segment 1


  • The Nebraska Trucking Association is assisting emergency managers to try and round up food-grade bulk tanks to transport potable water for communities in need. If you know someone in Nebraska or in nearby states that has any such equipment, contact NTA president Kent Grisham at
  • Starting Thursday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Petro in Glendale, Ky. That’s located at Exit 86 on Interstate 65. Stop in, say hi to Jon and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
  • If a new plan from California Governor Gavin Newsom comes to fruition, local communities who fail to meet certain housing standards could lose transportation money. Read more here: California governor dreamin’ of fuel tax revenue reroute for housing?
  • A massive fire at a Houston chemical storage facility was still burning. However, officials say air quality readings are still below hazardous levels. Read more: Petrochemical fire at Texas refinery shuts down highway.

Segment 2

The Vietnam Veteran Tribute Truck is offering war veterans recognition and hope. Terry Scruton will discuss the project and its purpose with its Creative Director Johnny Olson in today’s follow up.

  • The Exchange provides retail service to both active duty and honorably discharged military personnel. You can find more information about the service online at, or
  • The tribute trucks will appear at ceremonies March 29, National Vietnam War Veteran’s Day. They will appear at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, Joint Base in San Antonio, and Fort Carson, Colo.

Segment 3

A growing list of states (Alabama, Ohio, Missouri, Idaho) may raise or reform fuel taxes to pay for infrastructure. Mary McKenna gets the details from Land Line Magazine’s State Legislative Editor, Keith Goble.

Segment 4

Mary McKenna will have details on one presidential candidate’s proposal to assist truckers to transition to Automated Truck technology. She’ll talk with Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., Office. Plus we’ll discuss the next step for Automated Vehicle regulations.