Robots won’t take over any time soon

October 2, 2019


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.

Segment 1


  • The FMCSA has opened registration for the CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse website.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Segment 2

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.

Segment 3

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.

The U.S. average price of diesel is 25 cents lower than a year ago. Mary McKenna has the weekly update.

Congress is considering a bill that could put many owner-operators out of business. OOIDA has issued a Call to Action.

Segment 4

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.