LLN (10/2/19) – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says truckers should not be afraid of losing their jobs to autonomous technology for some time. A boost in freight volumes closed out the quarter, creating some momentum moving ahead. A bill in Congress could put many owner-operators out of business. The price of diesel is 25 cents lower than one year ago. And, FMCSA has issued a new rules on hazmat background checks. But did they solve the problems?
0:00-10:10 – Newscast.
10:10-24:14 – Feds says truckers shouldn’t be worried yet about automation.
24:14-38:43 – Freight volumes up; insurance bill; diesel prices.
38:43-48:22 – New rule on hazmat background checks.
- The FMCSA has opened registration for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse website.
- You can visit the website here.
- Read more from Land Line Magazine: Registration begins for CDL Drug, Alcohol Clearinghouse.
- Police in Auburn Hills, Mich., are looking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who hacked into an electronic billboard on Interstate 75 last Saturday night.
- Anyone with information is asked to contact the Auburn Hills Police Department at 248-364-9460.
- You can view video of the suspects and the full police report here.
- Eddie Gray of Arlington, Texas, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 50 years of safe, accident-free driving as part of the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.
- Learn more about the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.
- If you’d like to join OOIDA, you can do it right now at a discount. Just call the Membership Department at 816-229-5791, and mention our show. Any new member will get a 10% discount on the cost of membership.
There’s been lots of hype in some media outlets about the imminent loss of trucking jobs due toautonomous technology. But a new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says drivers may not have anything to worry about just yet. Terry Scruton discusses the autonomous technology picture with Kristen Monaco, associate commissioner for compensation and working conditions at the bureau, to find out more.
- You can read the study here.
Freight volumes saw a boost closing out the last week of the quarter, taking some positive momentum into the fourth quarter of 2019. Mary McKenna gets the details from Peggy Dorf with DAT.
- Visit the DAT website.
- Or you can call them at 800-547-5417.
- Be sure to check out their blog.
- Chat with them on Twitter.
- And find out more on the OOIDA Members Edge website.
- You can call OOIDA Members Edge at 866-487-8253.
- Read this week’s DAT Solutions: Spot truckload volumes jump 29%, but rates hold steady from Land Line Magazine.
The U.S. average price of diesel is 25 cents lower than a year ago. Mary McKenna has the weekly update.
- Here is this week’s price report by Land Line Magazine, Average U.S. diesel fuel price retreats from last week’s increase.
- Find Daily Fuel Prices by ProMiles.
- To see how to compute your own fuel surcharge use OOIDA’s online Fuel Surcharge Calculator.
- To download OOIDA’s fuel surcharge app for Android Smartphones, click here.
Congress is considering a bill that could put many owner-operators out of business. OOIDA has issued a Call to Action.
- Read more about bill HR3781.
- You can send a letter to your congressman on the Fighting for Truckers website.
- Read more from Land Line Magazine:
The FMCSA has issued a new rule on hazmat background checks, a process that has caused problems for many truckers. So did they solve the problems? Mark Reddig discusses that – and gets an update on the REAL ID act – from OOIDA Director of Safety and Security Operations Doug Morris.
- Learn more about the REAL ID law by going to the TSA’s website.
- You can also learn more about hazmat endorsements through the HAZMAT section of TSA’s website.
- It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website.
- To call members of Congress, dial 202-224-3121.
- Read OOIDA’s Guide to Contacting Lawmakers. a