Missouri tackles towing overcharges

February 13, 2019


LLN (2/12/19) – Missouri tackles towing overcharges. Also, we’ll have an update on a case of a trucker and a load of industrial hemp. Speed differentials in several states are under review, and changes may be on the way. And a member of Congress says that an infrastructure bill is possible this year, but faces critical challenges.

0:00-9:41 – Newscast

9:41-24:25 – Missouri towing; hemp load

24:25-39:22 – Split speed limits

39:22-49:09 – Infrastructure bill possible

Segment 1


  • Commercial trucks have been banned from numerous highways in Pennsylvania. You can find more information here: https://www.511pa.com/current_alerts.aspx.
  • Terry Scruton reports that the American Transportation Research Institute has released its annual list of the worst bottlenecks in America. You can view the complete list here: https://truckingresearch.org/2019/02/06/atri-2019-truck-bottlenecks/.
  • Spots are filling up fast for OOIDA’s upcoming live business seminar, “Truck to Success.” The class takes place March 12-14 at the Courtyard by Marriott at Exit 21 on I-70 in Blue Springs, Mo. Registration is open through March 1, and the block of discounted hotel rooms is available through Feb. 13.
  • You can write and post a review of the doctor who performed your DOT physical to be shared with your fellow truckers through the online service DOT Doc.

Segment 2

Missouri is making another attempt to address the growing problem of non-consensual towing and outrageous charges. OOIDA’s manager of government affairs Mike Matousek details the effort and why the Association is supporting it. Also, a case involving a trucker and a load of industrial hemp made national headlines recently when the trucker was arrested for carrying what the police said was marijuana. The case is currently in U.S. District Court in Idaho. Terry Scruton has the latest update from the lead attorney for the company that owns the load.

Segment 3

Officials in several states are taking aim at trucks and other vehicles hanging out in the left-lane of interstates and other highways. Mary McKenna gets the details from our state legislative experts, Mike Matousek and Keith Goble. Also: Mary and Mark Reddig offer up some important notices from the Land Line Now Community Bulletin Board.

Segment 4

A member of Congress says that an infrastructure bill is possible this year, but faces critical challenges. Mark Reddig finds out what he said and why it matters from Nile Elam of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.