LLN (9/27/19) – FMCSA could be in hot water after a DOT Inspector General’s report was critical of the agency for not implementing changes in CSA’s Safety Measurement System. There is help available to truckers who do their own IFTA record keeping. We’ll tell you who to call. And the OOIDA Foundation is randomly surveying thousands of its members on proposed changes to the hours of service. You have until Sept. 29 to reply.
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10:11 – 24:17 – Help is available for truckers filing their IFTA paperwork.
24:17 – 38:48 – OOIDA randomly surveys members on hours of service changes.
38:48 – 48:25 – Inspector General says FMCSA’s corrective plan for CSA doesn’t work.
- OOIDA will be at the California Trucking Show on Oct. 12-13 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, Calif. That’s at Exit 55 off Interstate 10. Stop in, say hi to the folks from the home office, and join OOIDA at a $10 discount.
One of truckers’ most difficult record-keeping tasks is tracking for IFTA. Mark Reddig will get some help from Crystal Minardi, Scott O’Dell and Heather Brown of OOIDA’s Permits and Licensing Department. Below are links to a number of resources for IFTA help:
- Find IFTA information including a fuel tax reporting worksheet.
- Find information about IFTA tax services
- Check out DAT’s IFTA online service
- Or call them at 866-812-3379 and mention that you’re an OOIDA member.
- You can find reefer fuel tax refunds available by jurisdiction
- And see the ProMiles chart with daily updated fuel prices by state with and without fuel tax.
- You may also contact OOIDA’s Business Services at 816-229-5791 for additional information.
Very soon, truckers and carriers will have to sign up for a national clearinghouse that will handle their drug and alcohol testing information. Mark discusses what’s happening and how it will affect you with Amber Schweer of CMCI, OOIDA’s drug testing consortium. Early registration for the National Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is expected to start in October.
- You can find more information on the official website.
- You can find more information on OOIDA’s CMCI services
- Or call the office at 800-288-3784.
- Read more from Land Line Magazine:
In listening sessions covering its proposed changes to the hours of service, the FMCSA asked for more information and data about several points, including alternatives to the 30-minute break and split sleeper provisions. Now, the OOIDA Foundation is asking truckers to help gather that information. Mark Reddig talks with Andrew King of the Foundation.
- See Land Line Magazine’s latest HOS coverage: Watch FMCSA’s hours-of-service listening session here.
- There is still time to send your comments to the FMCSA. Comments can be submitted here through Oct. 21.
- Find out more about the OOIDA Foundation.
- Check out what else OOIDA Online Business Education program has to offer.
- See all the classes offered by OOIDA
The Inspector General’s report has raised some concerns on how FMCSA may not be properly implementing recommendations made by the National Academy of Sciences to fix the CSA’s safety measurement system. Mary McKenna and Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office will discuss the report.
- It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website.
- To call members of Congress, dial 202-224-3121.
- Read OOIDA’s Guide to Contacting Lawmakers.
- Read related content from Land Line Magazine: Trucking groups speak out against provision that would make CSA scores public.