‘Never quit until the job is done’

February 7, 2020


Land Line Now, Feb. 7, 2020.

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In April 1975, as Saigon, South Vietnam, fell, a destroyer, the USS Kirk, played a key role in rescuing refugees – and two truckers saw it happen.

USS Kirk

I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

Pennsylvania takes $3 billion from local roads to use on interstate work; another major interstate closure; and ‘Art is what you can get away with’ – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. The USS Kirk Part 1 – A nation faces its end

A Land Line Now special presentation – A Navy vessel, the USS Kirk, played a key role the day Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell, finally ending nearly 30 years of conflict in Vietnam, and causing thousands of refugees to flee for safer shores. We’ll tell the story through the eyes of two truckers who were there.

III. The USS Kirk Part 2 – A historic rescue, an uncertain future

The USS Kirk gets an unexpected second rescue mission – and then faces an uncertain future as its crew works to rescue their ship and preserve its history.

IV. Four bad bills

Among the issues OOIDA brought to the U.S. Senate at a hearing earlier this week were several mandates – bills that, if passed, would cost individual truckers thousands and the industry billions. We’ll explain where those proposals stand now.

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  • Learn more about the USS Kirk Association, the ship and the effort to save it at the Kirk Association website; you can also donate to the effort through the “Save the Kirk – ‘The Journey Home’”
  • You can watch a documentary about the Kirk titled “The Lucky Few” online.
  • Are you a Life Member of OOIDA? Do you love your Land Line Magazine? Then we need to hear from you.
  • If a carrier, shipper, receiver or broker coerces you to violate the regulations, document the coercive act, then either call 888-DOT-SAFT or file a complaint online to the National Consumer Complaint Database.
  • A reminder that you can use paper logs for up to eight days while you’re having issues with your device. After that, though, you need to request an extension. To request an extension, send a message via email to ELD-Extension@dot.gov.
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA in Willcox, Ariz., at Exit 340 on Interstate 10. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website.
  • OOIDA is urging truckers to call their U.S. senators and representatives at 202-224-3121 to oppose four bills:
    • HR 3773, a proposed automatic emergency braking mandate.
    • S 2033, which would require speed limiters in trucks set at 65 miles per hour.
    • S 665 and HR 1511, bill to mandate rear, side and front underride guards on all trucks.
    • And HR 3781, which would raise truckers’ minimum insurance requirements.