Freight down going into summer lull

July 8, 2020


Land Line Now, July 8, 2020.

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Freight was down last week – but rates were up – thanks to the three-day holiday weekend, and the summer lull is here. Also, recovering downtime losses.

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I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson

A bill that would pump billions into highways moves forward; a Canadian province looks to provide free testing for truckers; And a 6-year-old girl goes fishing and comes back with the catch of the year – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. Recovering downtime cash

When a crash takes you off the road, you stop making money. But there is a way to get some of that money back.

III. Freight slow, but at least it pays a bit more

To no one’s surprise, shipping was down last week thanks to the three-day holiday weekend. With the summer lull now in full swing, we’ll look at the latest trends.

IV. Spending, stimulus and small-business support

A transportation spending bill moves forward; another stimulus package gets some attention; and what’s happening with the Paycheck Protection Program.

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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 OOIDA or Land Line Media websites.
  • 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
  • OOIDA’s TRACER system has issued an alert on a stolen 2000 Peterbilt 389. Find more information on the TRACER website or call 202-246-2698 if you have information.
  • Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker have canceled the stop at the Steen Gronlund Petro in Laramie, Wyo., but you can find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • For questions about recovering downtime, call Eckert and Associates at 800-369-6846, at 904-278-7688, or go to their website, You can also call OOIDA Business Services at 816-229-5791.
  • Get more information about the freight market. And you can find loads at OOIDA Members Edge.
  • 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.