Land Line Now, Jan. 15, 2021.
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A new FMCSA pilot program will examine whether more split sleeper berth flexibility – such as a 6/4 or 5/5 split – will work in trucking.
I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton
The members are named for the FMCSA’s new driver advisory panel. The FMCSA has fumbled the Certified Medical Examiner database. And how not to hitch a ride.
II. Problems with plastic parts
Over the years, truck makers have moved to lighter weight materials for many parts of the vehicles they produce. But plastic parts in particular have some disadvantages – and in the aftermarket, real problems.
III. Restaurant and vaccination frustration
Jon Osburn says truckers are upset about closed restaurants, and curious about where and when they’ll have access to a COVID-19 vaccination.
IV. Sleeper berth pilot program
A new FMCSA pilot program will examine whether more flexibility in the split sleeper berth provision will work in trucking.
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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information
- 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 Santa Nella, Calif. That’s located at Exit 407 off Interstate 5. You can find upcoming Spirit stops here. Jon is also giving away free protective masks.
- Be sure to check out Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks.
- Read more about FMCSA’s pilot program to evaluate split sleeper options.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Questions@OOIDA.com.