Two truck drivers explain the current parking situation to city officials, while OOIDA presses states to do their part to solve the crisis.
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I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson
The trucking industry ended 2021 with a whimper when it comes to jobs. At least one state lawmaker is trying to spur the private sector to build more truck parking. And you never know what you’re going to get when you mail in one of those at-home DNA test kits.
II. Explaining the parking crisis to cities
What can cities do about truck parking? It turns out, a lot. But first, they need to understand the problem. Two truck drivers recently explained what the current parking situation is like at a National League of Cities meeting.
III. Knowing your drivers
Whether you know it or not, you’re entering into a relationship when you hire on a driver. That means you’d better be sure you know as much as you can about that person before you let them run under your authority. Trista Roby and Trina Skywalker of OOIDA’s Truck Insurance Department discuss the insurance implications if something goes wrong.
IV. Pushing states to help with parking
In the absence of a clear federal effort to solve the truck parking crisis, some in trucking, including OOIDA, are pushing states to take the lead. We’ll discuss that effort, and state efforts on several other issues.
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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information
- Applications are being accepted for the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship. You can apply through the OOIDA website. The deadline is Feb. 1.
- Starting Tuesday, Marty Ellis and the Spirit of the American Trucker will be at the TA in Big Spring, Texas. That’s at Exit 177 off Interstate 20. Find upcoming Spirit stops here.
- Find out more about OOIDA’s Truck Insurance program here.
- Be sure to check out the Fighting for Truckers website. Remember, it’s never too late to contact your lawmakers. You can do that via the website or by calling 202-224-3121.
- You can donate to the Truckers for Troops fund all year long.
- 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.