Flexibility the key to hours of service

October 15, 2019


LLN (10/15/19) –
OOIDA has long pushed for improvements to the regs that guide when you can work – and its message this week to FMCSA is that flexibility is the key to hours of service. We’ll have the details. Also, a well-known trucker checks one off her bucket list. What stands between Massachusetts and $18 billion in transportation money? And a Delaware effort to keep slower traffic to the right.

0:00-10:10 – Newscast.

10:10-24:14 – What’s on the bucket list?

24:14-38:43 – Massachusetts highway money; Delaware’s right lane; Bulletin Board.

38:43-48:22 – OOIDA to FMCSA – maximum flexibility is better on hours of service.

Segment 1


  • The three task forces charged with bringing three new toll road projects to Florida will be holding their first individual public meetings later this month.
  • Nov. 11 is the start of the 2019 Truckers for Troops campaign. That week, you can join OOIDA for a discount and 10% of your membership will send care packages to troops overseas and help returning veterans, with OOIDA matching those donations.
  • The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25% of the cost for an auxiliary power unit. Drivers need to have a model year 1996 through 2006 truck and be based in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa or Nebraska. OOIDA membership is not required, but OOIDA members can get discounts on EPA-approved units.

Segment 2

Suzanne Stempinski loves to drive trucks, but she also loves adventure, so she decided to try her hand at driving another kind of vehicle – a 64-foot-luxury yacht. Terry Scruton gets the story from everyone’s favorite Happy Hamster.

Segment 3

Massachusetts’ governor is pushing for an $18 billion bond issue to pay for transportation work. Mary McKenna covers that – plus a Delaware effort to keep slower traffic to the right – with our state legislative experts, Mike Matousek and Keith Goble.

Terry Scruton and Mary McKenna bring us important notices from the Land Line Now Community Bulletin Board.

Segment 4

OOIDA has long pushed for improvements to the hours-of-service regulations – and its message this week to FMCSA is “maximum flexibility.” Mary McKenna discusses the Association’s comments on the proposed hours-of-service changes with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.