Land Line Now, July 24, 2020.
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A truck show takes on the rare challenge of hosting an in-person event during the pandemic. Also, Congress considers a new stimulus package.
I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton
Garmin experiences a major outage that could affect ELDs; California might be looking at truck-only tolls in the future; and a literal cat burglar strikes in Russia.
II. In-person truck show going ahead as scheduled
Truck show after truck show has canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that changes this weekend. The TopGun Largecar Shootout is moving ahead as planned in Illinois. We find out what precautions will be in place. We also talk to the founder of a charity that helps truckers when they need it most. How they’re coping with a massive drop in donations brought on by the cancellation of so many shows – their main source of revenue.
III. Truck traffic down in Chicago
There are fewer trucks on the road in Chicago due to slow freight and low rates. We get some veteran advice for tough times.
IV. Another round of stimulus
Congress is kicking around the idea of another stimulus package. What that could mean for truckers and the Highway Trust Fund.
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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 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.
- Jon Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker are at the TopGun LargeCar Shootout in Rantoul, Ill., at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon also has face masks if you’re in need.
- 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.