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49 minutes | 8 hours ago
Truck parking: What’s the next step?
LLN (12/2/20) – What’s the next step to solving the truck parking problem? We’ll go deeper into the topic and the recent meeting of the National Coalition on Truck Parking. Also, for people who received an EIDL loan from the Small Business Administration, not reading that fine print may present some problems. And Thanksgiving is over, but Christmas, winter weather and COVID-19 will impact freight and rates heading into December. 0:00 – Newscast. 9:44 – EIDL fine print problem. 24:37 – Christmas, winter, COVID-19 and freight. 39:35 – Truck parking – the next step.
49 minutes | 2 days ago
Will another state take a hard stand against protests that block highways?
LLN (12/1/20) – Utah considers a hard stand against protests that block highways, while Pennsylvania may use public-private partnerships to help pay for weight stations, rest areas and other truck-related projects. Also, a step in the process to get your own authority is causing delays and difficulties for some truckers, but a solution may be at hand. And today, truck parking is on the federal agenda as officials from across the country meet to discuss solutions. And we’ll have more about the bid by OOIDA’s Todd Spencer to head FMCSA. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Problem getting authority? Here’s why. 25:05 – Protests that block highways may draw hard response. 40:04 – Truck parking in the spotlight.
50 minutes | 3 days ago
Spencer cites long trucking experience in seeking FMCSA post
LLN (11/30/20) – Todd Spencer has placed his name in consideration to head the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. He’ll explain why he’s interested in the job, and what he might bring to the table. Also, Trooper Tracy Lillard of the Illinois State Police has posted often about her appreciation for professional drivers. She’ll explain why she reaches out to truckers so much and what she hopes to accomplish by it. And driving through inclement weather is always a risk, but it’s even riskier over the winter months when you’re talking about insurance. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Trooper Tracy. 25:05 – Winter weather and insurance. 40:04 – Todd Spencer seeks FMCSA nod.
50 minutes | 6 days ago
So you want to start your own business?
LLN (11/27/20) – If you’re a trucker and you want to start your own business – meaning get your own authority – you need to consider some key factors first. Also, some truckers are always looking the latest, greatest thing to attach to their rig to make it look hotter or work better. So what’s the hottest modification available for your truck right now? And a U.S. senator with a background in transportation may take over an important Senate committee – just as work will start on a new highway bill. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Getting your own authority – think first. 25:05 – The latest, greatest truck mods. 40:04 – Senator stepping into key position.
50 minutes | 7 days ago
Land Line Now Thanksgiving Special
LLN (11/26/20) – For several years now, each Thanksgiving, Land Line Now has brought you a very special gift from all of us – a reading of a short story about truckers, “Something for Stevie” by author Dan Anderson. Today, we’ll offer up our annual holiday treat to you once again. Also, an OOIDA member gets hit by a truck – and lives to tell the tale, while another truck driver describes helping bring an Amber Alert to a peaceful end. We’ll report on Utah officials who have taken aim at a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway with a new type of escape ramp. And it’s been a rough year for everyone. But truckers have stepped up not only to keep the country moving, but also to speak out on important industry issues. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – “Something for Stevie.” 25:05 – Surviving being hit by a truck; ending an Amber Alert; new emergency ramp. 40:04 – Truckers step up in 2020.
50 minutes | 8 days ago
Making electric vehicles pay their fair share
LLN (11/25/20) – Pennsylvania considers a weight allowance for electric trucks – while that state and Texas pursue revenue from alternative fuel vehicles. Also, the FMCSA has changed the definition of agricultural commodities, meaning a whole new group of truckers have access to the 150-air-mile exemption from the hours of service during harvest. We’ll have the latest on automated vehicles and broker transparency. And truckers in the Great American Southwest are speaking out about refusing cheap freight, broker transparency and getting ready for winter. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Ag definitions; automated vehicles; broker transparency. 25:05 – Truckers concerns in the Southwest. 40:04 – Electric vehicles and paying for roads.
50 minutes | 9 days ago
Crash spurs effort to toughen CDL standards
LLN (11/24/20) – Massachusetts’ governor wants tougher rules for trucks, while New Jersey tries to fix problems at its Motor Vehicle Commission. Also, your tires dislike the winter weather about as much as you do, but there are plenty of ways to make sure they keep running in the snow, sleet and cold. And a U.S. senator with a background in transportation may take over the Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee – just as work will start on a new highway bill. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – More winter prep for tires. 25:05 – Electric vehicles and paying for roads. 40:04 – New transportation leader in Senate?
50 minutes | 10 days ago
Where the rubber meets the road
LLN (11/23/20) – Getting your rig ready for winter involves a lot of parts. But what’s more important than where the rubber literally meets the road? Also, for truckers, the end of the year means gathering tax information. Finding good holiday presents on the road can be tough, but Land Line Magazine has a list of “cool gifts” perfect for stocking stuffers and presents. And it’s been a rough year for everyone. But truckers have stepped not only to keep the country moving, but also to speak out on important industry issues. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Winter prep for tires. 25:05 – Holiday gift guide. 40:04 – Truckers step up.
50 minutes | 13 days ago
More parking? Not a pipe dream
LLN (11/20/20) – Want more truck parking? It’s not a pipe dream, but it’s your voice that’s going to push the issue across the finish line, and there’s a new way to get it done. People facing a ticket or citation often find themselves navigating a mine field of potential mistakes – here’s how to avoid them. Plus, which restaurants are open these days and confusion over the FMCSA’s two pilot programs for young drivers. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Avoiding ticket, citation mistakes. 25:06 – Restaurants and pilot programs. 40:04 – Call to action on truck parking.
50 minutes | 14 days ago
Cargo thefts are spiking
LLN (11/19/20) – Cargo thefts are spiking across the country, but there’s something different about the recent trend. Who’s behind it, what are they stealing and how can you protect yourself? The OOIDA Board of Directors had a full menu of items to address at its fall meeting, from hours of service and hair testing to much more. Plus, the battle over Bay Area bridge tolls and Pennsylvania efforts to ease up on uninsured drivers. 0:00 – Newscast 10:13 – OOIDA board of directors meeting 25:06 – Bay Area bridge tolls; uninsured drivers in PA 40:04 – Cargo thefts are spiking
50 minutes | 15 days ago
Truckers step up to help others at the holidays
LLN (11/18/20) – If you know a trucking family in need, the Truckers Christmas Group is ready to help. And now is the time. Also, for truckers who are working on holidays, a decent meal can be hard to find. But Meals for 18 Wheels is stepping up again to help. The OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship has helped truckers’ children and grandchildren achieve their dreams. Now, the search for new scholars is underway. Demand for trucks is starting to slip, but holiday freight and COVID lockdowns will continue to drive the market for the foreseeable future. And gig economy companies, fresh off a win in California, will push nationwide against worker reclassification. But will truckers feel an impact? 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Truckers Christmas Group; Scholarship applications; Meals for 18 Wheels. 25:05 – Holiday freight to the rescue! 40:04 – Gig economy firms ready to fight.
50 minutes | 16 days ago
Last chance to speak out on broker transparency
LLN (11/17/20) – Truckers have long wanted tougher rules regarding brokers and transparency. This week, they have a chance to speak out, but not for long. Also, getting good, affordable medical insurance right now is a little bit like hunting for unicorns. However, for truckers who need insurance and don’t have it, there are options and precautions you can take. And a lawmaker in Texas wants to raise that state’s fuel tax, while Pennsylvania considers tightening rules for when and how CDL holders report violations to their employers. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Medical coverage options. 25:06 – Texas fuel tax; Pennsylvania CDL rules. 40:04 – Broker transparency – last chance to speak out.
50 minutes | 17 days ago
Lawsuit sheds light on discrimination against women in trucking
LLN (11/16/20) – A trucking terminal has been accused of discrimination for not hiring a female truck driver in more than 30 years. We’ll talk with some experts about the case and the bigger issue: discrimination against women in the industry. Also, hiring on a driver might make good business sense in the moment, but there are plenty of things to keep in mind before you do – including the long-lasting effects a hired driver can have on your insurance rates. And now that we have a lame duck Congress, what are they working on, and how could it affect your life and business? 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Discrimination against women. 25:06 – Hiring drivers and your insurance. 40:04 – What’s a lame duck to do?
50 minutes | 20 days ago
The next step in helping veterans – OOIDA Truckers for Troops Day 5
LLN (11/13/20) – It’s Day 5 of the 2020 OOIDA Truckers for Troops Telethon. The founders of Veterans Community Project wanted to do more to help veterans transitioning to civilian life. And that desire has led to a new project. Also, we’ve talked this week about tiny houses to help homeless veterans – but what are they like inside? And we’ll check in with OOIDA’s Membership Department about what truckers are saying as they call in. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – What are veterans’ tiny houses like inside? 25:06 – Another boost to helping veterans. 40:04 – What truckers are saying.
50 minutes | 21 days ago
Veteran says project saved his life – OOIDA Truckers for Troops Day 4
LLN (11/12/20) – It’s Day 4 of the 2020 OOIDA Truckers for Troops campaign. Navy veteran Mike Gilmore says he was at the end of his rope. Today, he credits Veterans Community Project with saving his life. Also, Veterans Community Project isn’t just for veterans. It’s also run by veterans. And that’s one of the factors that makes it work, according to their president of national expansion. And we’ll check in with OOIDA’s Membership Department about what truckers are saying as they call in – including some who are issuing challenges to their fellow truckers. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Veteran helps his brothers and sisters. 25:06 – Sometimes, it’s a life saved. 40:04 – Truckers issue challenges.
50 minutes | 22 days ago
VCP helps veteran find a new home – OOIDA Truckers for Troops Day 3
LLN (11/11/20) – It’s Day 3 of the 2020 OOIDA Truckers for Troops campaign. We’ll hear from one veteran who had a chance encounter that helped put him in a home, and a better life. Also, the Veterans Community Project helps veterans with so-called “tiny houses.” So why did they? And finally, truckers are donating in the name of their service branch – we’ll find out who’s winning the friendly competition. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Veteran finds a new home. 25:06 – Why tiny houses? 40:04 – Which service branch is winning?
50 minutes | 23 days ago
Helping veterans navigate the system – OOIDA Truckers for Troops Day 2
LLN (11/10/20) – It’s day 2 of the 2020 OOIDA Truckers for Troops campaign. You might think someone who has held statewide office would know how to navigate the system. But even people with that experience sometimes need help, and the Veterans Community Project is there. Also, since the start, Truckers for Troops has prioritized supporting U.S. troops by sending care packages paid for by your donations. And that continues. We’ll hear from one of our troops who received a care package. And we’ll check in with OOIDA’s Membership Department, where your calls are coming in, to find out what truckers are saying as they take part in Truckers for Troops. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Helping veterans through the red tape. 25:06 – What a care package means to our troops. 40:04 – Truckers step up to help veterans.
50 minutes | 24 days ago
Supporting troops and veterans – OOIDA Truckers for Troops Day 1
LLN (11/9/20) – It’s day 1 of the 2020 OOIDA Truckers for Troops campaign – the Association’s annual effort to raise money to send care packages to troops overseas, and now to help homeless veterans by supporting the Veterans Community Project. Also, one of the founders of the Veterans Community Project, Vincent Morales, explains a few of the basics about the project. And something that sets the Veterans Community Project apart is that most of the people who run it are veterans themselves. Glenda Hernandez talks about what the program has meant to her – and her current role in helping veterans adjust to coming home. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Founder describes Veterans Community Project. 25:06 – Veterans helping veterans. 40:04 – Truckers show their support.
50 minutes | a month ago
Restaurant open? Jon’s keeping track
LLN (11/6/20) – Jon Osburn continues to keep track of truck stop restaurants as he fields questions about broker transparency, detention time and the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, some truckers are always looking the latest, greatest thing to attach to their rig to make it look hotter or work better. So what’s the hottest mod available for your truck right now? And Tesla is pushing full speed ahead on its new self-driving system with plans to put it on American highways. But OOIDA has told federal officials it’s not a good idea. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Hottest mods. 25:06 – Truck stop restaurants – open or not? 39:28 – OOIDA: No to self-driving Teslas.
50 minutes | a month ago
Stop the hours of service 14-hour clock? OOIDA says heck yeah
LLN (11/5/20) – OOIDA has stepped up to support a pilot program testing a break that would stop the hours of service 14-hour on-duty clock, while the FMCSA seeks nominations for an advisory board and another pilot program tests under-age-21 drivers. Also, Tuesday wasn’t just about the presidency. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of other so-called “down-ballot” races were decided – as well as many local transportation issues. Inspectors have set a record this year – the most remote, off-site audits of carriers ever. And we’ll offer some insight into what a new Biden administration might do if the election ends up going that way. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:13 – Stop the clock; FMCSA advisory nominations; Under-21 pilot program. 25:06 – Down-ballot races; state issues. 40:04 – A record for remote inspections; what would Biden do?
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