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Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA in Wheeler Ridge, Calif. That’s located at Exit 219 on Interstate 5. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: Jan. 23, 2018.

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Call to Action: Contact Meadows now!

Last year, we thanked Congressman Mark Meadows, leader of the influential House Freedom Caucus, for including the ELD mandate on a list of rules the Trump Administration should immediately repeal. But when the Congressman had the chance to vote for an ELD delay, he sided with big business and government regulation. It's time to let him know what we think of that vote. Contact his office today and discuss how ELDs are impacting your business. Ask him how he is planning to help small-business truckers like you and ask him to support OOIDA's ELD exemption request.

Air date: Jan. 23, 2018.

Call to Action: ELD request for exemption

On January 2nd, FMCSA formally published OOIDA's ELD exemption request in the Federal Register. The request, originally submitted last November, would allow small trucking businesses that do not have a carrier safety rating of "unsatisfactory," and can document a proven history of safety performance with no attributable at-fault crashes to use paper logs rather than be forced to install ELDs. If granted, the exemption would permit small-business motor carriers to maintain their current practices that have resulted in a proven safety record. The exemption would provide owner-operators relief from burdensome device installation and maintenance costs as well as the unresolved enforcement, cybersecurity, and privacy concerns associated with the mandate.

The public comment period for OOIDA's request will be open until Thursday, February 1st. We encourage all OOIDA members to submit comments supporting the exemption. This is the time to let FMCSA know how the mandate is currently impacting you and why ELDs are not a one-size-fits-all solution. The Agency must take public feedback into account as they determine whether or not to grant the exemption. When submitting comments, you should provide specific details and reasoning about how the exemption would improve the safety and efficiency of your business. FMCSA has already granted exemptions and waivers for large carriers such as UPS, the ag industry, and rental truck fleets - they should also acknowledge small-business carriers who have shown they can drive safely without ELDs.

Air date: Jan. 9, 2018.

Call to Action: Contact Shuster now!

Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster continues to support ELDs and has blocked HR 3282 from advancing through Congress. Meanwhile, he remains supportive of ATA efforts such as limiting driver pay.  Let's give Congressman Shuster an OOIDA style ELD education. Give him a call today and tell him why he is wrong and how ELDs are impacting your business. 

  • Congressman Bill Shuster (202) 225-2431
  • You can find your lawmakers information, here;
  • Or you can call them at (202) 224-3121;
  • Stay informed on other current issues at fightingfortruckers.com.

Air date: Jan. 16, 2018.

Call to Action: ATA to honor Ark. Congressmen

In case you were wondering where Congressmen Rick Crawford and Bruce Westerman stand on trucking issues, we offer this:

The ATA is honoring both Arkansas congressmen for their efforts to oppose any delay in the ELD mandate. And the ATA is encouraging its members to contribute to their campaigns.

This clearly shows the two men favor ATA and mega carriers over small-business truckers. 

Make no mistake that they will probably always vote in favor of the interests of mega carriers, much to the detriment of their small-business competitors like yourself. 

If you are a constituent of Congressmen Crawford or Westerman, you should call now and remind them how the decisions they make impact your business.

 Air date: Jan. 18, 2018.

The government is back in business – for now

The Senate reached an agreement yesterday paving the way to end the government shutdown, at least until February. Terry Scruton talks about what happens next plus OOIDA’s efforts to get members of Congress to support the association’s ELD exemption request with Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Air date: Jan. 23, 2018.

Ohio pushes to get rid of ticket cameras

Communities around Ohio could have to back up the claim that ticket cameras are more about safety than they are about profit. And a new law in Michigan requires fuel stations to put in place protections intended to prevent payment card “skimming” at fuel pumps. Terry Scruton talks about these stories with Land Line Magazine’s Keith Goble.

Air date: Jan. 23, 2018.

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