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50 minutes | Jan 22, 2022
Drivers give thumbs-down to Virginia left lane plan
LLN (1/21/22) – Marty Ellis is deep in the heart of Texas, hearing some skepticism about a weird-bordering-on-nonsense left lane proposal and the latest from Tesla. Also, there are lots of ways you can pretty up your rig, but few things have as much impact as paint. However, whether it’s a traditional paint scheme or something more ornate, Bryan Martin of the Chrome Shop Mafia says you now have an option – vinyl wraps. And OOIDA says a change in standards for truckers with a vision impairment in one eye will help experienced, safe drivers to stay on the road; meanwhile, new cross-border entry requirements are about to go into effect. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Paint vs. vinyl. 23:55 – Left-lane nonsense and Tesla. 38:34 – Vision standards.
50 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
What do we know about new chief at FMCSA?
LLN (1/20/22) – A new deputy administrator has been named at FMCSA – and if this time follows the administration’s pattern, that will likely indicate the eventual nominee to permanently head the agency. Also, a lawmaker in Virginia wants to restrict trucks from the left lanes of interstates there over a false claim, and OOIDA says it’s a bad idea. Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has unveiled a budget that includes freezing the state’s fuel tax rates. And the government is sending out COVID-19 tests to Americans across the country. So how and when should you use them, and what can you do with the information they provide? 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – New FMCSA chief. 23:55 – Virginia left lane plan; California fuel tax. 38:34 – COVID-19 tests.
50 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Hair testing study flawed, OOIDA says
LLN (1/19/22) – Recent research makes a case for hair testing – but Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation says the study is flawed, and he tells us why. Also, OOIDA life member Carmen Anderson tells us about a recent White House listening session that aims to get more women into trucking. Check those ELDs – some will essentially turn into bricks starting next month as providers phase out 3G service. And Democrats are trying to make changes to how the filibuster is used in the U.S. Senate. However, the current rules may have benefitted truckers on several occasions. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Hair testing; women in trucking. 23:55 – ELDs face 3G shutdown. 38:34 – Filibuster – it’s helped truckers.
50 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Bridge fixes in the works
LLN (1/18/22) – The Biden administration is pulling out the checkbook, starting work on fixing the nation’s bridges with money from the recent infrastructure bill. Also, there are advantages to going with synthetic oils – some related to viscosity, others to fuel economy. Shawn Whitacre of Chevron breaks down what comes along with using synthetics. And a combination of several trucking organizations – OOIDA, the Washington Trucking Associations and the ATA – are putting their combined weight behind proposals in Washington state to improve truck parking and give truckers access to bathrooms at facilities they go to as part of their jobs. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Synthetic oils. 23:55 – Parking and bathroom access bills. 38:34 – Fixing America’s bridges.
50 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
Bad factoring deals hitting small carriers
LLN (1/17/22) – Some small motor carriers are being trapped into factoring deals that can be very financially damaging – and impossible to get out of. Also, Tyson Fisher of Land Line Magazine is optimistic that some big, positive things are coming in 2022 for truck parking. We’ll take a look inside the Parking Zone. And three federal agencies involved in national security have issued a warning that hackers based in Russia are planning to target critical infrastructure. And trucking, along with the rest of transportation, is a vital part of that infrastructure. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – The Parking Zone. 23:55 – Bad factoring deals. 38:34 – National security warning.
50 minutes | Jan 15, 2022
Vaccine mandate on at Canadian border
LLN (1/14/22) – A mistaken announcement from Canadian officials about a vaccine mandate has been reversed and corrected, leaving many truckers confused – and upset. We’ll offer some straight facts and clear up some confusion. Also, it’s a stressful time of year, and you have a stressful job. Dawn Harrison of Rolling Strong offers some tips on how to bring your stress levels down, whether you’re out on the road or back at home. And who is an employee, and who is an independent contractor? That’s not an uncommon question. However, in his travels, Marty Ellis has run into a rather unique example. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Bringing the stress levels down. 23:55 – Employee or independent contractor. 38:34 – Correcting a Canadian conundrum.
50 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Trucking among hackers’ targets
LLN (1/13/22) – Three federal agencies warn that Russian hackers plan to target critical infrastructure – including trucking and other transportation. Also, the FMCSA is asking for information concerning its proposed apprenticeship pilot program for truck drivers under 21 years of age. And OOIDA has given the agency a few thoughts about the effort. And a Washington state lawmaker has filed a bill intended to reduce emissions and safety risks caused by inadequate commercial truck parking. Meanwhile, another bill would give truckers access to bathrooms at the various facilities they visit. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Under 21 pilot program; vaccine mandate update. 23:55 – Washington state truck parking, bathroom access. 38:34 – Major cybersecurity warning.
50 minutes | Jan 13, 2022
Tesla ‘assertive’ mode sparks criticism
LLN (1/12/22) – Electric car maker Tesla has a skill at getting publicity, but not always good publicity. The automakers latest move – creating an “assertive mode” for its self-driving feature – is already generating criticism. Also, we’ll cover several of the recent problems truckers are calling about – from the biennial update and chain laws to parking. And we’re less than two weeks into 2022, but trends are already starting to develop. Stephen Petit of DAT tells us why posted van and reefer loads are up dramatically from this time last year before getting into more of the latest trends and numbers on the spot market. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Biennial update, chain laws and more. 23:55 – Dry van and reefer loads. 38:34 – Tesla gets "assertive."
50 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Left lane rules on the menu in two states
LLN (1/11/22) – Two states have introduced bills that would make left lane rules stricter for trucks. Also, when people are in need and an area is disarray wait a couple days and take a look at the news. What you often see are stories of truckers helping out. We’ll bring you the stories of two truckers who got caught in the traffic jam on I-95 recently – and did some good while they waited for things to get moving again. And the Government Accountability Office is throwing some less than subtle hints at the U.S. DOT that the department should begin to take a serious look at funding highways through a mileage-based fee system. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Truckers helping out. 23:55 – Left lane rules proposed. 38:34 – GAO: Time to look at VMT.
50 minutes | Jan 11, 2022
Parking crisis: What can cities and states do?
LLN (1/10/21) – Two truck drivers recently explained what the current parking situation is like at a National League of Cities meeting. Also, you’re entering into a relationship when you hire a driver. And you’d better be sure you know as much as you can about that person before they run under your authority. Trista Roby and Trina Skywalker of OOIDA’s Truck Insurance Department discuss the insurance implications if something goes wrong. And in the absence of a clear federal effort to solve the truck parking crisis, some in trucking, including OOIDA, are pushing states to take the lead. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Damaging factoring contracts. 23:55 – Tire prices, Colorado case, winter driving. 38:34 – Tackling bad leases.
50 minutes | Jan 8, 2022
Parking looks to improve in 2022
LLN (1/7/22) – Tyson Fisher of Land Line Magazine is optimistic that some big, positive things are coming in 2022 for truck parking. He’ll talk about the Federal Highway Administration’s upcoming handbook that should give states, counties and cities a guide for addressing the problem; what three states are doing right now; and how the private sector is stepping up. Also, Marty Ellis is ready to talk about the price of oil and tires, the trucker in a Colorado case, and driving in winter weather. And two cabinet-level departments are getting ready to tackle predatory lease-purchase deals and supporting better quality trucking jobs. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Damaging factoring contracts. 23:55 – Tire prices, Colorado case, winter driving. 38:34 – Tackling bad leases.
50 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
Driver pay, training on 2022 agenda
LLN (1/6/22) – The year 2022 is already shaping up to be a busy one, with driver training, a study of driver pay, efforts to include more women in trucking, and more all getting underway. Also, a Tennessee lawmaker wants to give truckers relief at the pump; a Missouri effort would reverse a recent fuel tax increase; and toll increases are set for seven bridges in the San Francisco area. And the FMCSA wants information from the public and interested organizations about its upcoming pilot program for interstate truckers under 21 years of age. So what are they asking for specifically, and why does it matter? 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Driver training, driver compensation, more women in trucking. 23:55 – State fuel tax and toll action. 38:34 – Under 21 pilot program.
50 minutes | Jan 6, 2022
Freight market – What’s coming in ’22?
LLN (1/5/22) – 2021 was a wild year on the spot freight market. Dean Croke of DAT joins us for a look at how the year went out, while looking ahead to what 2022 may have in store for us. Also, some financial companies are trapping small motor carriers into factoring agreements that can be damaging – and impossible to get out of. And the president’s coordinator for implementing the infrastructure bill has asked the nation’s governors to step up to help decide how to spend the money. We’ll cover that – and how it offers truckers more chances to affect how their tax dollars are spent. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Damaging factoring contracts. 23:55 – A look back at the 2021 freight market. 38:34 – Putting the infrastructure bill into action.
50 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
Aguilera-Mederos case: What can we learn?
LLN (1/4/22) – Rogel Aguilera-Mederos’ 110-year prison sentence has been commuted, making him eligible for parole in 2026. Todd Spencer and Lewie Pugh of OOIDA contend the case is indicative of a bigger problem in trucking. They’ll discuss the case, driver training, loopholes in the regulatory system and what happens next. Also, about a dozen states changed their fuel tax for the new year. We’ll have a rundown. And Congress has passed a stopgap spending measure to keep the government running. However, unlike past examples, this time it will have a direct, negative impact on transportation, especially highways. 0:00 – Newscast. 09:43 – Lessons from the Aguilera-Mederos case. 23:55 – Fuel tax changes. 38:34 – This time, kicking the can hurts.
50 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
California program sharing driver information
LLN (1/3/22) – A new program in California is requiring carriers to enroll their drivers and then shares information about them between the state and carrier. Also, Jami Jones of Land Line Magazine says one of the nation’s largest trucking groups’ narrative of a driver shortage is starting to get flipped on them. And the start of a new year means most state legislatures are about to start their work. And that means issues such as lane restrictions, towing and more are on the front burner. We’ll find out what’s on state agendas this year. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:03 – California shares driver information. 24:40 – The driver shortage myth exposed. 39:33 – Lane restrictions, towing and more.
51 minutes | Jan 1, 2022
How to find the good broker
LLN (12/31/21) – We’ve spoken on the program several times about the problems some truckers have with bad brokers. But we’ve always said there are good brokers as well. And finding one of those can be a make-or-break difference for a small carrier. Also, to figure out what trucks need in terms of highway infrastructure, it’s probably a good idea to know which trucks are going to be on the highways. Now, a survey seeks to discover just that – and OOIDA says it could be good news. And a new year means new opportunities. We’ll go over what OOIDA intends to pursue on Capitol Hill in the new year. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:03 – Survey seeks information about trucks on the road. 24:40 – Finding the good broker. 39:33 – OOIDA goals for 2022.
51 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
FMCSA: Who’s running the store?
LLN (12/30/21) – FMCSA has found itself once again without an administrator, or a nominee to become one. We’ll discuss what’s happening at the agency right now, plus what’s next in Congress. Also, 2021 offered hopeful signs of progress on trucking issues and of officials more willing to listen to truckers, as well. We’ll review some of the good and bad from this year on the regulatory front. And Wyoming is looking at several ways it can increase road funding, while Washington state is going the other direction, with lawmakers there discussing the removal of tolls from the a bridge 10 years earlier than anticipated. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:03 – The problem with warnings. 24:40 – Winter weather and rates. 39:33 – A look ahead.
51 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
Freight rates and winter weather
LLN (12/29/21) – Winter weather has arrived. Dean Croke of DAT tells us how that’s affecting freight rates before breaking down the latest trends and numbers in the spot market. Also, getting a warning instead of a ticket can, through a kind of back door, affect your CSA, your Pre-employment Screening Program records, and other factors. Alex Clark and David Grimes of CDL Legal will offer some advice. And how to get something done in Congress is, to say the least, a fine art. And in recent years, it’s become harder and harder. So what do we expect them to do in the coming year? What are the opportunities for getting something of benefit to truckers passed? We’ll take a look ahead. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:03 – The problem with warnings. 24:40 – Winter weather and rates. 39:33 – A look ahead.
51 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Toll increases may hit a wall in New Jersey
LLN (12/28/21) – An effort in New Jersey could slam the brakes on automatic Turnpike Authority toll increases, while Michigan may cut red tape for local road funding. Also, it wasn’t that many years ago that truckers were likely unaware of the term, “after treatment.” But those systems are now an integral part of trucks and as a result can create all kinds of problems if they don’t work properly. And an attempt to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations is headed for the Supreme Court, while several senators ask for an exemption for truckers from another mandate. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:03 – How to treat after-treatment. 24:40 – New Jersey tolls; Michigan road funding. 39:33 – Vaccine update.
51 minutes | Dec 28, 2021
Aguilera-Mederos verdict: Sign of a broken system
LLN (12/27/21) – The 110-year prison sentence handed down to Rogel Aguilera-Mederos brought out lots of strong feelings in a lot of people. One of those is Lewie Pugh of OOIDA. He stops by to talk about the case and says there’s at least one way to prevent future tragedies like this one. Also, if you’ve had to make an insurance claim on an old piece of equipment, you might be familiar with something called the betterment clause. We’ll explain what you need to know about it. And a new year means new opportunities – and that’s as true on Capitol Hill as anywhere else. We’ll discuss what OOIDA intends to pursue in the new year. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:03 – Aguilera-Mederos verdict. 24:40 – The betterment clause. 39:33 – Trucking issues in the new year.
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