Where’s the holiday freight?

October 16, 2019

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LLN (10/16/19) –
Normally, this is when we see a bump in the spot market with the holiday season approaching. So why didn’t the anticipated pre-holiday freight bump show up? Also, Truckers for Troops donations all go to help troops and veterans – but sometimes in unusual ways. We’ll have the latest on a lawsuit over Rhode Island’s truck only tolls. What the price of diesel is doing four weeks since the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. OOIDA is asking truckers to speak out on proposed change to the hours of service. And why new economy companies talk a tough game, but it may be all hot air.

0:00-10:10 – Newscast.

10:10-24:14 – Unusual results from Truckers for Troops.

24:14-38:43 – Pre-holiday freight bump late; what are diesel prices doing?

38:43-48:22 – New economy tough talk, soft followup; OOIDA Call to Action on hours of service.

Segment 1

Newscast

  • The Maryland Transportation Authority has set up a program for CDL holders to receive text or email notifications when truck traffic is restricted on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You can find out more here.
  • Fall is prime season for the invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly to lay eggs, and officials are urging truckers who haul in the northeastern U.S. to check their rigs for any egg mass. Failing to follow required procedures could cost you a big fine.

Segment 2

Truckers for Troops is just around the corner. Terry Scruton takes a look at one area some past donations have gone to that you might not expect: golf clubs. He talks with Mike Ramsey of the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Terry will also have the latest on a lawsuit over Rhode Island’s truck only tolls program.

Segment 3

Normally this is when we see a bump in the spot market with the holiday season approaching. So why didn’t the anticipated bump in holiday freight show up? Mary McKenna finds out from Mark Montague of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner-operators, carriers, brokers and shippers.

It’s been four weeks since the attack on oil fields in Saudi Arabia. The price of diesel went up, but has only eased back afterward. Mary McKenna has a detailed report on the price of diesel fuel and crude oil, including a break down by region and analysis.

Segment 4

So-called new economy companies like Uber and Lyft talk a tough game, but aren’t willing to even let the public know what exactly they’re up to – and that tough talk may be all hot air. Mary McKenna talks with Bryce Mongeon of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

OOIDA has issued a Call to Action asking truckers to speak out on proposed changes to the hours of service.

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