Land Line Now, May 20, 2020.
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Many small businesses say an SBA loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program, needs to be more flexible. Action to fix that is now underway in Congress.
I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton
OOIDA says AB 5 could be “fatal” for small trucking companies; the FMCSA says compliance reviews will continue under COVID-19; and Canadian coffee keeps carriers caffeinated – it’s today’s news in trucking.
II. What tools should you have with you?
Being out on the road and away from any kind of home base, most truckers have to have some ability to deal with basic maintenance items that can come up. And that means having the right tools.
III. Produce continues helping freight, rates
Boosted by produce, freight and rates continue the long, slow climb out of the abyss.
IV. Fixing SBA loan programs to help small business
The Paycheck Protection Program was intended to help small businesses stay afloat and keep their employees on the payroll. However, many small businesses, including trucking operations, say it needs to be more flexible to be effective. We’ll examine an effort to make that happen.
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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information
- OOIDA has set up an online resource to provide direct access to information needed to operate in the current coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 – Facts for Truckers logo on the OOIDA or Land Line Media websites.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The FMCSA has set up a dedicated web page for updates on when and where it is distributing masks to truck drivers.
- Starting Thursday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro truck stop in Joplin, Mo. That’s at Exit 4 on Interstate 44. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
- Be sure to check out their websites, Chrome Shop Mafia and 4 State Trucks.
- Get more information about the freight market.
- It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.