LLN (3/1/19) – Bryan Martin shares advice on how to choose a used truck. Also, large carriers want to increase twin trailer lengths from 28 feet to 33. Meanwhile, rumors are spreading about the split sleeper berth rule. A push to allow 18-year-olds to drive trucks interstate is based on the claimed driver shortage. And what federal transportation officials are saying about automated vehicles, transportation funding and more.
0:00-9:26 – Newscast
9:26-24:13 – Choosing a used truck
24:13-39:07 – Twin 33s; split sleeper; driver shortage
39:07-48:51 – Feds on automated vehicles, etc.
- Farmers in Alberta get an extension to comply with new driver training rules. To learn about the rule, click here: Alberta moves forward with driver training program after crash that killed 16.
- Idaho State Police this week filed paperwork to seize and most likely sell a truck involved in a disputed case about a load of industrial hemp. Read our previous coverage: Company sues Idaho patrol over hemp and seizure of truck.
- The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25 percent of the cost for an APU. Drivers need to have a model year 1996 through 2006 truck. The grant is available only in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa or Nebraska.
- You can find out more online.
- Or read more from Land Line Magazine: OOIDA Foundation secures regional grant to offset cost of APU for truckers.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeks public comment on a proposal for livestock, insects and aquatic animals. it would allow them to drive through the 16th consecutive hour after coming on duty. Also, it would let them drive 15 hours during that 16-hour period. View the docket or comment on the request here.
When you’re in the market for a used truck, you often are faced with dissimilar products, hard comparisons and a tough decision. Our producer Barry Spillman and host Mark Reddig discuss a recent case with Bryan Martin of the Chrome Shop Mafia.
- Be sure to check out their websites, Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks.
- To call the shop, dial 888-875-7787 or 417-624-3054.
- If you have a question you’d like to ask Bryan about truck mods or technical issues, you can email him at BossManonLandLineNow@chromeshopmafia.com or leave a message on our listener comment line at 800-324-6856.
Large carriers are pushing to increase twin trailer lengths from 28 feet to 33. Mark Reddig discusses truckers’ reaction to that with Jon Osburn, captain of the Spirit of the American Trucker. Read some of our previous coverage:
- OOIDA, coalition of groups urge Congress to oppose twin 33 trailers.
- Coalition of largest shippers/retailers urge Congress to allow twin 33 trailers.
- OOIDA speaks out against twin 33 proposals.
Meanwhile, the rumor mill is hard at work, this time with incorrect information about the split sleeper berth rule. Mark talks with Trevor Williams of OOIDA’s Compliance Department.
- You can find out more about what OOIDA’s Business Assistance department does, here.
- And you can contact them at 816-229-5791.
And a push to allow 18-year-olds to drive trucks interstate is based on the claimed driver shortage. Mark gets the facts from Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation.
- Learn more about the “driver shortage”: OOIDA Foundation releases research on ‘driver shortage’.
- 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.
Top federal transportation officials spoke with week to state highway officials. The topics: automated vehicles, transportation funding and more. Mark Reddig talks with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.
- Share your views with lawmakers at FightingForTruckers.com.
- Call members of Congress, dial 202-224-3121.
- Read OOIDA’s Guide to Contacting Lawmakers.