Personal conveyance do’s and don’ts

June 23, 2021


Land Line Now, June 23, 2021.

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Few parts of the federal regulations are quite as misunderstood, or misused, as personal conveyance. We’ll explain the do’s and don’ts.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton


A California court delays enforcement of AB 5 for a while longer. Minneapolis considers a parking ban on trucks. And Spider-Man meets The Pope.

II. Personal conveyance, cleared up

Few parts of the federal trucking regulations are quite as often misunderstood, or misused, as personal conveyance. We’ll offer some solid advice on the do’s and don’ts of that – plus what your rights are if someone tries to force you to use a lumper.

III. The pandemic and the freight market

The pandemic has shifted the way freight moves around the country, with several inland cities becoming major warehouse markets.

IV. Infrastructure bill still up in the air

In addition to the highway bill – a piece of legislation that has to be renewed every five or six years – federal lawmakers are working right now on additional spending for infrastructure. We’ll have an update on where that stands and what it could mean for you.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • OOIDA is urging truckers to call their representatives and ask them to oppose HR3684. The bill contains numerous anti-trucking provisions, including one that would raise minimum insurance requirements by more than 160%. Call your representative at 202-224-3121.
  • Learn more about the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.
  • Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Idella M. Hansen Petro in North Little Rock, Ark. That’s at Exit 161 off Interstate 40. Find upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • Find information about personal conveyance at the FMCSA’s Personal Conveyance Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • If a carrier, shipper, receiver or broker coerces you to violate the regulations, document the coercive act, call 888-368-7238 or file a complaint online to the National Consumer Complaint Database.
  • If you “blew the whistle” when your carrier coerced you to violate safety regulations, you can get help through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Whistleblower Program. Either use the online complaint form, or call 800-321-6742.
  • Get more information about the freight market. And you can find loads at OOIDA Members Edge.
  • 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 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