LLN (6/26/19) – Three truckers still face charges, and possible penalties, for hauling industrial hemp. We’ll cover the legal aspects of the Idaho hemp case. Also, loads slow down a bit, but rates remain stable. Meanwhile, diesel prices enter their fifth week of decline, but for how much longer? And a member of Congress is working to fix a problem that has exposed many car haulers to fines.
0:00-9:57 – Newscast
9:57-24:42 – Idaho hemp update
24:42-39:40 – Loads slow, rates stable and diesel prices down
39:40-49:24 – Congressman offers fix to car haulers
- Trucks moved 62 percent of the freight between the U.S., Canada and Mexico in April. That’s according to the latest North American Free Trade Agreement numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more here: Year-to-year NAFTA trucking freight down first time in two years.
- Starting Thursday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the J.D. ‘Doc’ Osburn TA in Boise, Idaho. That’s located at Exit 54 on Interstate 84. Stop in, say hi to Jon and Sassi, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule.
- The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25% of the cost for an APU. Drivers need to have a model year 1996 through 2006 truck, and be based in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa or Nebraska. OOIDA membership is not required, but OOIDA members can get discounts on EPA-approved units. Go to OOIDA Foundation website for details.
Three truckers in Idaho still face charges, and possible penalties, for hauling industrial hemp, because the state considers it the same as marijuana. Mary McKenna finds out what the law says from Jeff McConnell and James Mennella of Road Law. The pair also writes the “Road Law” column in Land Line Magazine – about the top legal questions OOIDA receives from truckers. If you have questions or comments regarding transportation law, you can:
- Read the latest on the case here: Sentencing delayed for two hemp plant haulers in Idaho.
- Call 888-276-8000.
- Fax a question to 405-242-2040.
- Send an email.
- Or click here for more information.
Loads slow down a bit, but rates remain stable. Terry Scruton talks with Mark Montague of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner operators, carriers, brokers and shippers.
- Read more about this week’s freight market from DAT: DAT Solutions: Van, reefer rates on MembersEdge highest since January.
- 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.
Diesel enters its fifth week of declines, but how much longer will it last in the face of an oil market spike? Terry Scruton offers a detailed update on the price of diesel fuel and crude oil, including a break down by region and analysis.
- Here is this week’s price report by Land Line Magazine, Diesel prices continue to drop across the U.S.
- 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.
When the Federal Highway Administration decides they’re not, exposing them to fines. Now, a member of Congress has stepped in, introducing a bill to fix the situation. Mark Reddig gets the details from OOIDA Manager of Government Affairs Mike Matousek.
- You can read the letter to Congressman Luetkemeyer, here.
- Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support Bill R. 3474.
- Read more about the issue here: OOIDA backs bill clarifying ‘automobile transporters’ definition.
- It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that at FightingForTruckers.com.