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Meal and rest break provision back again

The House Rules Committee has announced it will start discussion of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill next week. What does that have to do with trucks? Terry Scruton finds out from Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Air date: April 20, 2018.

Bumpers – more than just protection

A bumper is just a barrier to prevent damage on the rest of your vehicle in the case of a collision, right? Well, actually, it’s a lot more, and now, bumpers have all kinds of functions and mechanisms you may never have dreamed of. Mark Reddig and Barry Spillman discuss bumper kits with Bryan Martin of the Chrome Shop Mafia.

Air date: April 20, 2018.

Truckers give their two cents on hours of service

Mary McKenna checks in with Jon Osburn, driver of OOIDA’s Spirit of the American Trucker, for the latest from life on the road – including trucker talk about an effort to fix two big problems with the Hours of Service. The bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin, is H.R. 5417, "The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers” or REST Act. It amends the Hours of Service regulations for truckers, allowing you the option of pausing the 14 hour clock for a period of up to 3 hours, and eliminating the 30 minute break rule. To contact your member of the U.S. House:

Air date: April 20, 2018.

The challenges of automated vehicles in trucking

The process to develop driverless cars has suddenly catapulted into the limelight, and has quickly transitioned from cars to large trucks. While several experts have estimated that highly automated commercial vehicles are at least a decade away or more, many corporations and lawmakers want to fast track the development of the technology. Mary McKenna and Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation discuss the topic.

Air date: April 20, 2018.

A conflict over compliance

The recent meeting of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance highlighted some disagreements between the FMCSA and law enforcement over just how well the ELD mandate is going. Terry Scruton talks with OOIDA’s Director of Safety and Security Operations Doug Morris.

Air date: April 19, 2018.

Recapping the CVSA spring meeting

The spring meeting of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance was held recently, and several representatives of OOIDA were there. The subjects of ELDs and autonomous vehicles came up quite a bit. Terry Scruton talks about what was said with Dale Watkins and Lewie Pugh of OOIDA’s Business Services Department.

Air date: April 19, 2018.

Nebraska moves closer to speed changes

A deal is near completion in Nebraska to change posted speeds on many highways. Meanwhile, Indiana vehicle owners will soon be able to stop at fire departments to have their vehicles tested for carbon monoxide. Terry Scruton talks to OOIDA’s Mike Matousek and Land Line Magazine’s Keith Goble.

Air date: April 19, 2018.

Clerical error costs truckers’ in class-action suit

An administrative error is costing truckers’ big time in a class-action lawsuit filed against Caterpillar for failed engines. Land Line Magazine’s Tyson Fisher reports that anyone issued settlement checks in the $60-million-dollar lawsuit received the wrong amount. New checks for lesser amounts will be issued. Claimants who have already cashed their checks will be asked to return any portion that exceeds the amount they will ultimately be entitled to. Read Tyson’s story, Administrative error severely reduces amount each class member will receive in Caterpillar lawsuit. Air date: April 19, 2018.

Rest break amendment may hit Congress soon

Language aimed at overruling how states handle rest breaks could pop up in Congress very soon. Terry Scruton talks with Collin Long of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Air date: April 18, 2018.

ELDs showing no effect on freight, rates

Freight and rates are doing fine in spite of the ELD mandate. Terry Scruton gets the latest from Mark Montague of DAT, a company that provides market information for owner operators, carriers, brokers and shippers.

Air date: April 18, 2018.

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