Freight, rates affected by hurricane

September 20, 2018


LLN (9/19/18) – DAT examines Hurricane Florence’s impact on freight and rates. Also, we’ll discuss what determines how often you change your oil and filters. Fuel prices continue their slow, steady climb. And how the election will affect trucking issues.

0:00 – 10:11 – Newscast

10:11 – 24:42 – Maintenance intervals

24:42 – 39:22 – The hurricane and freight rates; fuel prices up

39:22 – 49:34 – Election preview; effect on trucking

Segment 1


  • The Unified Carrier Registration’s new website, UCR National Registration System is scheduled to go live next Friday, Sept. 28. It will replace the current UCR registration site, which is housed by the Indiana Department of Revenue.
  • FMCSA announced it is extending the HOS comment period for an additional 16 days. You can make comments on the potential changes to the hours of service through Oct. 10. You can submit your comments online here.
  • Additionally, FMCSA will conduct its next listening session to gather public input on proposed changes to the hours of service from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada. To register to take part, click here: The agency will webcast the session . You can submit questions during the live stream by emailing
  • The agency will conduct a third listening session Friday, Sept. 28, at this year’s Guilty by Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo. And officials have scheduled a fourth session for Oct. 5 in Orlando, Fla.
  • The final session – a make-up session in Washington, D.C., that was canceled with the approach of Hurricane Florence – will take place Wednesday, Oct. 10, at DOT headquarters. That date coincides with the new deadline for comments.
  • OOIDA has recognized Scott G.B. Sargent of Holmen, Wis., for 17 years of safe, accident-free driving . Learn more about the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.
  • Starting Friday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls, S.D. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.

Segment 2

We’ve all been told about standard intervals for changing the oil and filters, or for any other maintenance item. However, a lot of factors can change that interval. Mark Reddig gets some advice from Jerry Sims of Gulf Coast Filters.

Segment 3

Hurricane Florence had an impact on freight and rates, but not as big as you might think. Terry Scruton gets the latest from Mark Montague of DAT. Also: Fuel prices continue their slow, steady climb this week as a similar pattern happens in the oil market. Terry has our weekly update.

Segment 4

Will the Democrats take control of Congress? Or will the Republicans stay in power? Either way, the bigger question for us is how that affects trucking issues. Mark Reddig finds out from Collin Long of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.