Lousy freight rates on the left coast

January 29, 2021


Land Line Now, Jan. 29, 2021.

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Jon Osburn says this week, financial issues are on truckers’ minds, including sometimes lousy freight rates to haul off the Left Coast.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

OOIDA urges Indiana to do away with an excessive overweight fee. Two trucking company owners are indicted in a PPP fraud scheme. And, it’s waste not, want not on an Oregon highway.

II. Trucking in Australia – and here – Part I

You probably know Dean Croke for his weekly Market Update segments here on our show – where he discusses freight rates each week – but he also has had a long career as a truck driver both here – and in his native Australia.

III. Trucking in Australia – and here – Part II

We continue with more of the interview with Dean Croke about his career in trucking.

IV. Lousy freight rates and other ills

Jon Osburn says this week, financial issues seem to be occupying truckers’ minds, whether it’s the lack of support from the federal government in COVID-19 relief bills, or the sometimes lousy freight rates to haul off the left coast.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • Find out more about St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund’s Rigs Without Cigs and Driving Down Diabetes programs.
  • Learn more about the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA in Tonopah, Ariz. That’s at Exit 103 off Interstate 10. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon is also giving away free protective masks.
  • 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 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