Land Line Now, Sept. 3, 2021.
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Truckers who want to help out in a crisis like Hurricane Ida have few realistic options. Now an organization offers a way they can help.
I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson
FMCSA clears up an addition to its pandemic emergency declaration that has drivers confused. Truck employment numbers are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels. And how much would you pay for someone’s used underwear?
II. Roses and Razzberries
From a good Samaritan truck driver, who prevented a potentially deadly situation to a motor carrier that wants to put trainees in the driver’s seat without a trainer who’s awake, we’ll tell you who in recent news has been good and who’s been bad with some Roses and Razzberries.
III. A pandemic parts shortage
Marty Ellis continues to make his way through this year’s truck shows, but in the meantime he’s hearing from truckers about a lack of key parts for trucks in need of repair.
IV. Helping out with Hurricane Ida and other disasters
For truckers who want to help out in a crisis, the options are few. Some pick up loads that have little chance of being allowed in a disaster area, or are unable to get loads as part of the official relief effort. Now, there’s a way they can help. Meanwhile, one city develops a plan to keep overweight trucks on a fragile highway.
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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information
- If you’re interested in hauling relief loads into disaster areas, such as those areas affected by Hurricane Ida, contact the American Logistics Aid Network.
- Learn more about the hours of service emergency declaration: FMCSA explains changes to emergency declaration.
- Read up on the National Consumer Complaint Database: FMCSA seeks comments on National Consumer Complaint Database
- If you want to submit a Rose or Razzberry for our consideration, you can send them here, or visit us on Facebook.
- You can find more information here on the Truck Convoy for Special Olympics taking place in Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Over the Top Diesel Showdown. That’s at the Onaway Speedway in Onaway, Mich. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here.
- If you have questions about regulations, compliance, authority or anything else involving the trucking industry call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email Questions@OOIDA.com.
- Be sure to check out the new Fighting for Truckers website. And remember, it’s never too late to contact your lawmakers. You can do that via the website or by calling 202-224-3121.
- 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.