LLN (7/19/19) – UPS wants out of some new driver training requirements. OOIDA says inexperienced trainers are a no-go. Jon Osburn talks hours of service, speed limiters and a wall of doughnuts. Meanwhile, we have information about two upcoming educational opportunities. An FMCSA program lets truckers wipe accidents that are not their fault from their record. And OOIDA wants truckers to speak out against speed limiters.
0:00-9:57 – Newscast
9:57-24:42 – Hours of service, speed limiters and doughnuts
24:42-39:40 – Education; Accidents and your record; speak out on speed limiters
39:40-49:35 – OOIDA says inexperienced trainers are a no-go
- Stephen Sommer of Phoenix, Ariz., has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 12 years of safe, accident-free driving as part of the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.
- Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro in Gary, Ind. That’s located at Exit 9 off Interstates 90 and 84. Stop in, say “hi” to Jon and Sassi, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
Jon Osburn has been going from truck show to truck show talking hours of service, speed limiters and more. But first, he made a stop at a – yes, it’s a real thing – a wall of doughnuts. Mark Reddig talks to the man who drives OOIDA’s Spirit of the American Trucker.
- Read more about Jon’s stop in Gary, Ind.: Cue the song “Gary, Indiana” as The Spirit rolls into town July 19-23.
- Read about one OOIDA board member’s recent ride-along to help the effort for hours of service reform: OOIDA board member featured in national article about hours of service.
An invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly is causing havoc for agriculture in the northeastern U.S. A quarantine has been established, and truckers could face fines for not following required procedures. We’ll have links to a number of resources on our website.
- For information, you can call OOIDA’s Business Services Department at 816-229-5791.
- You can also find information at OOIDA’s Online Education website.
- Take the required course – Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training for Business – through the PennState Extension.
- If you have questions about the permitting process, email the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture at email@example.com.
- If you are outside of the quarantine area, report any sightings to the Pennsylvania State University Extension at https://extension.psu.edu/have-you-seen-a-spotted-lanternfly or call 888-4-BADFLY (888-422-3359).
Among the top requests, especially from younger truckers, is for more education. Mark Reddig finds out about some upcoming opportunities hosted by OOIDA.
- Find the details for the Shift Into Success class: OOIDA Shift Into Success class among offerings at Aug. 22-24 GATS.
- Watch OOIDA’s: VIDEO: Register for OOIDA’s second Truck To Success seminar.
- Find out more about the OOIDA Foundation.
- Check out what else OOIDA Online Business Education program has to offer.
A program at the FMCSA gives truckers the chance to have an accident that is not their fault wiped from their record. Mark Reddig finds out how from Jill Thorne of OOIDA’s Business Assistance Department.
- You can find out more on the FMCSA’s DataQs system here.
- Be sure to check out OOIDA Compliance Connection online.
- You can find out more about what OOIDA’s Business Assistance department does here.
- And you can contact them at 816-229-5791.
OOIDA has sent a letter to all U.S. Senators urging opposition to S. 2033. The bill would mandate commercial trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds be restricted at a top speed of 65 MPH. OOIDA’s letter specifically targets Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Chris Coons (D-DE) who introduced the legislation last month. OOIDA has long opposed all efforts to require speed limiters on commercial trucks. The letter spells out exactly why a one-size-fits-all speed limiter mandate would jeopardize highway safety.
- Read OOIDA’s letter to Senators Isakson and Coons opposing speed limiters.
- Please contact your Senators today and urge them to oppose S. 2033! You can find contact information for your Senators here.
UPS wants to avoid complying with some of the new driver training requirements. OOIDA says inexperienced trainers are a no-go. Mark Reddig gets the details from Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.