Sleep apnea: Will testing be mandated?

April 29, 2021


Land Line Now, April 29, 2021.

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Should FMCSA make truckers take a sleep apnea test? The highway bill likely will include a requirement, but OOIDA is pushing against it.

Man with sleep apnea wearing a CPAP breathing machine.
Man with sleep apnea wearing a CPAP breathing machine.

I. Today’s news with Scott Thompson

Protesters block access to a North Carolina county. A trade group warns of a gas shortage using questionable claims. And there’s something in the water – and on the roads – down in Texas

II. Sleep apnea, broker reform fights ahead

Should FMCSA make truckers take a sleep apnea test? Will the agency actually require brokers to share information with truckers? We’ll explore efforts to make both happen.

III. Progress on towing problems

Nonconsensual towing isn’t the most exciting topic. However, it’s an issue where OOIDA has made some progress. We’ll cover those efforts, including developments in Missouri and West Virginia.

IV. Detention time – will the feds fix it?

Every trucker whose ever been stuck for hours at a loading dock knows that detention time is a problem. And for many, it means hours during which they make no money. We’ll find out if Congress is doing something about that or other issues.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • Starting Friday, Marty Ellis and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the Petro in Angola, Ind. That’s at Exit 157 off Interstate 69. You can find upcoming stops for The Spirit here.
  • View OOIDA’s complete guide to Regulatory Issues.
  • To read about state legislation, visit Land Line Magazine’s Daily News By State.
  • OOIDA has issued a Call to Action on the pending highway bill. Find all the details here.
  • View notices on the Bulletin Board.
  • 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.
  • 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
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