House pushes insurance increase forward

June 9, 2021


Land Line Now, June 9, 2021.

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Anti-trucking forces strong-armed an insurance increase into the House’s proposed highway bill – plus many other anti-trucking provisions.


I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

A House committee considers the next Highway Bill. A truck-only tax passes the Connecticut legislature. And a border collie’s work is never done.

II. A heavy haul, old trucks and words or wisdom

A heavy haul will end up helping extend the lifespan of the B-1 bomber, while things are getting back to normal at the nation’s biggest antique truck event. And a trucker credits the decision to stay in the business to some words of wisdom from longtime OOIDA leader Jim Johnston.

III. Mango month good news for freight

June is National Mango Month, and that could translate into bigger volumes coming out of McAllen, Texas and Nogales, Ariz. Meanwhile, a shift has taken place in the flatbed market.

IV. Insurance increase moves forward

The House Transportation Committee is in the process right now of constructing its version of a highway bill. And that raises some questions. Will it increase your insurance costs? How about limiting your personal conveyance? Will it force you to add new technology to your truck? We’ll have some answers.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • Starting Friday, Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Petro in Columbia, S.C. That’s located at Exit 5 off Interstate 77. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • 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.
  • If you’ve been hauling COVID-19 vaccines across the country in recent weeks, we want to hear from you for a story we’re working on. Just send an email to LandLineNow@OOIDA.com and we’ll get back to you.
  • OOIDA has an online resource to provide access to information needed to operate in the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 menu at the top of the page on the Land Line Media website.
  • 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 Questions@OOIDA.com.