Freight rates may hit bottom soon

April 22, 2020


Land Line Now, April 22, 2020.

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The picture continues to look grim for freight and rates, but they may hit bottom soon, leaving nowhere to go but up. Also, the five most popular truck upgrades.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

The FMCSA will distribute protective masks to truckers; cross-border freight was on the move before the outbreak hit; and truckers say thank you to medical workers with barbecue – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. Freight rates – the bottom may be in sight

The picture continues to look grim for freight and rates, but the bottom could be in sight soon, leaving nowhere to go but up.

III. Top five upgrades for your truck

Truck drivers who take pride in their ride are always making changes. We’ll discuss what the five most popular upgrades are.

IV. Congress says thank you to truckers

The members of the U.S. House Transportation Committee wanted to say thank you to truckers – and they found a unique way to do it.

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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
  • FMCSA announces Medical Review Board Meeting April 27-28. The April 28 meeting will be open to the public via WebEx videoconference. If you’re interested in participating you can find the meeting details here.
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it will be distributing close to 1 million masks to truck drivers for free at rest areas across the country. You can find details and the list of locations here.
  • The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said thank you to America’s truckers for their service during the COVID-19 pandemic this week. You can go to Twitter and see what they did using the hashtag #ToThoseWhoKeepUsMoving.
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA in Cartersville, Ga. That’s at Exit 296 on Interstate 75. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • Get more information about the freight market.
  • Be sure to check out the Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or call 202-224-3121.