Loan programs baffle truckers

April 15, 2020


Land Line Now, April 15, 2020.

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Small-business loan programs set up to help cope with the pandemic are proving hard for truckers to navigate. Also, freight and rates are still grim.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

OOIDA says the small-business loan program isn’t working for truckers; expiring TWIC cards get a reprieve; and a trucking company goes the extra mile for drivers – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. To infinity – and beyond!

Every trucker probably has at least one story of an unusual load they’ve hauled, but how many can say they’ve hauled a load that will be used to send people into deep space? OOIDA member Walter “Skip” Tillett can.

III. Bad news on freight and rates

Freight and rates continued to paint a grim picture for truckers amid the Covid-19 outbreak – but it’s one that is hopefully only temporary.

IV. Small-business loans prove troublesome for truckers

Small-business truckers are having problems getting help from some of the loan and other aid programs set up to keep our economy afloat during the pandemic shutdown. OOIDA has asked the government to respond – and they have.

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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
  • Starting April 23, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the TA in Cartersville, Ga. That’s at Exit 296 on Interstate 75. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • 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.