LLN (9/19/19) – The FMCSA has finally and formally removed some dormant and unpopular 34-hour restart regulations from the books. Also, truckers and others gave FMCSA an earful at its listening session on the hours of service earlier this week. With Election Day close, it’s essential to register to vote so your voice is heard. Colorado has a transportation funding question on the ballot. We’ll have information about upcoming truck shows. And an OOIDA officials talks with regulators and lawmakers about what truckers need from their government.
0:00-10:10 – Newscast.
10:10-24:44 – Listening session; unpopular 34-hour restart regulations.
24:44-39:13 – Register to vote; Colorado transportation question.
39:13-48:52 – OOIDA in D.C.
- The OOIDA Foundation has EPA grants to pay for 25% of the cost for an auxiliary power unit. 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.
- Learn more about the grant here: OOIDA Foundation secures regional grant to offset cost of APU for truckers.
- Nov. 11 is the start of the 2019 Truckers for Troops Telethon. That week, you can join OOIDA for a discount. Ten percent of your membership will go to send care packages to troops overseas and help returning veterans, with OOIDA matching those donations.
The FMCSA held its second listening session on hours of service earlier this week and extended the deadline for comments. Terry Scruton talks about that plus the removal of some long-dormant restart regulations and the upcoming deadline for comments on redefining an agricultural commodity with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.
- You can submit comments here. The comment period has been extended to Oct. 21.
- You can watch FMCSA’s hours-of-service listening session here.
- View OOIDA’s complete guide to Regulatory Issues.
- Read more on hours of service from Land Line Magazine:
With Election Day less than two months away, it is essential to get registered now to ensure your voice is heard on matters mostly focused on local issues. Meanwhile, voters in Colorado will decide this fall whether to permit the state to keep more of their money to help with transportation and education costs. Mary McKenna gets the details from Land Line Magazine’s Keith Goble.
- Read more from Land Line Magazine: Register to vote, make your voice matter.
- You can also read Colorado voters to decide on transportation funding question.
- To read about legislation in a particular state, visit Land Line Magazine’s Daily News By State
OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh went to our nation’s capital recently, mainly to testify at FMCSA’s listening session on hours of service. However, he also made some other visits representing truckers. Mark Reddig talks to Lewie about who he saw, what they discussed and why it’s important.
- It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website.
- To call members of Congress, dial 202-224-3121.
- Read OOIDA’s Guide to Contacting Lawmakers.