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Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA truck stop in Morris, Ill. That’s located at Exit 112B on Interstate 80. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: July 21, 2017.

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President names infrastructure council

The president has set up an Infrastructure Advisory Council – not in the DOT, but in the Department of Commerce. Mark Reddig talks about that, plus an OOIDA effort to reach out to the DOT on regulatory reform, with OOIDA Director of Governmental Affairs Mike Matousek.

Air date: July 21, 2017.

Where ELDs stand at this week’s end

It’s been a busy week for the issue of ELDs, and for truckers, most of the news has been good. Mark Reddig will discuss some of the action and what it means with OOIDA Manager of Federal Affairs Jay Grimes.

Air date: July 21, 2017.

Truck parking is tough in Illinois

All this year, Jon Osburn has been talking about what he sees in the various states he travels through. This week, it’s truck parking and the quality of roads in Illinois. Mark Reddig talks with the man who drives the Spirit of the American Trucker.

Air date: July 21, 2017.

OOIDA online – New entrant safety audit

Truckers who are getting their own authority need to be ready for a few things – among them, the New Entrant Safety Audit. Mark Reddig will discuss a class designed to help them through that process with Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation.

Air date: July 21, 2017.

Ohio trucker receives Safe Driving Award

Michael Eugene Zanella of Columbus, Ohio, has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 26 years of safe, accident-free driving as part of the OOIDA Safe Driving Award Program.

Air date: July 21, 2017.

A one-on-one interview with Rep. Babin

We reported earlier this week about the introduction of a bill in Congress to delay the ELD mandate by two years. Mark Reddig will talk with the man who introduced that bill, U.S. Representative Brian Babin of Texas.

Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36th) has introduced H.R. 3282, "The Electronic Logging Device Extension Act of 2017." The bill seeks to amend the current ELD implementation date by two years until December 2019, allowing more time to further evaluate the readiness of the mandate.

After months of meeting with lawmakers and explaining the harmful impacts ELDs will have on small-business truckers, OOIDA believes the passage of this bill is our best chance to defeat the mandate. We are now at a critical stage where adding congressional co-sponsors to the legislation will help the delay get signed into law and we need your help.

Please contact your representative and tell them to cosponsor H.R. 3282 today. Let your lawmakers know that:

  • The ELD mandate is a one-size-fits-all approach to an industry that is anything but one-size-fits-all;
  • Small-business truckers will bear the majority of the $2 billion in ELD costs without realizing any safety, economic or productivity benefits;
  • FMCSA has failed to address a variety of issues associated with the mandate.

Your U.S. representative needs to hear from you! You can find contact information for your lawmakers by clicking HERE and typing in your ZIP code. 

You can also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)-224-3121. An operator will connect you directly with your representative. 

You can also send a letter directly to your Representative through 

Additional talking points to communicate with your lawmaker can be found by clicking on the following link: ELD One Pager for OOIDA Members.pdf

Support for H.R. 3282 will provide more awareness about why ELDs are so costly for owner-operators and professional drivers. OOIDA also believes this bill will also reveal the significant concerns with the mandate that remain unresolved, including the certification of devices, connectivity problems in remote areas of the country and cybersecurity vulnerabilities. As we gain congressional cosponsors for the House of Representatives legislation, we continue pursuing similar efforts in the Senate.

Again, please contact your representative and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 3282 today. Defeating the ELD mandate is OOIDA's top priority and we will continue to fight it until the very end. Thank you for your time, effort, and support of OOIDA.   

Air date: July 20, 2017

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