EOBR not a safety tool
Electronic on-board recorders are not a safety tool. They do not help me drive or do my logbook. The EOBR doesn’t keep track of traffic in front of me or tell me if traffic is following too close. It doesn’t tell me of side traffic so I know if I can move over a lane. FMCSA is supposed to be dealing with safety issues, so why are they concerned with profits for the big motor carriers?
Richland Center, WI
Re: Company requiring EOBRs
I’m still going to run the way I do with or without them. I’m going to get my sleep. Screw the shippers and receivers. They want it that bad, they should have had it ready sooner.
EOBRs are for lazy drivers who never learned how to use paper logs. They eventually will destroy trucking.
Yep. We’re watching …
I called your compliance department for information on some non-moving violations I received. Your telephone associate was very, very helpful and took time to answer my questions.
When I called my state motor carrier compliance, all I got was an operator who would switch me to the DMV. The DMV could not answer my questions, so the DMV would switch me back to the motor carrier compliance. All you could get at both departments was a receptionist. I was also cut off three times during the switch-over.
When I called you, I got through the first time. I am gladly enclosing a check for $45. I am semi-retired but still do some drive-away type work.
Thank God we have a watchdog organization like OOIDA.
RE: Regulatory overload
Can we do a class action lawsuit against the FMCSA for over-regulation and over-justification of their jobs?
Remembering fallen truckers
I have set up a cause/memorial page on Facebook, “Remembering Fallen Truckers.” I set this up a few years ago. But this past year it started growing a great deal with support from many drivers, family members of drivers, and friends who have joined in showing our support for those of us who have given all to help keep this nation, and other countries as well, running.
Drivers do so much and ask little. Appreciation is well deserved when one of our own goes above and beyond the call of duty to help in a situation that doesn’t always end well. If you wish to check up on the cause, please visit www.causes.com/rememberingfallentruckers.
We post various articles of crashes and other events that pertain to this cause.
May God bless and y’all keep on a truckin’.
Editor’s note: Dave, you are now listed on our Land Line Facebook page. OOIDA has a Facebook page, too, with more than 15,500 friends. We also accept obituaries, death notices and all other important notices and will post them in the “notes” section of the OOIDA Facebook page.
Re: Congressman pitching elimination of double trips for TWIC
Why doesn’t he pitch elimination of the program altogether. It’s a waste of time and money
TWIC was a money grab by the government, and a lot of the ports thought they could do the same thing and did. Has TWIC or any other ID card helped with protecting the ports? I do not think so.
I know that the guys here in the Great Lakes have to have TWIC cards. Does anybody know if the boats that come in under flags of other countries have to have a TWIC card? And if not, why not? What is the point of TWIC if an outside ship can enter the port without TWIC? What is the point of it, anyway?
I am confident they will scrap TWIC and start another program that, in their minds, will be better. [That] will force all of us to go through the same BS again and, yes, pull out our wallet and dig deep. It will cost us or our company – and in the end will not change a thing.
Re: Idling restrictions
I’d like to see a cop try and sit in his car with the motor off and no A/C for an extended period of time when it’s blazing hot outside.
Re: Shelter in bad weather
Par for the course in this industry. Shippers and receivers don’t care what weather drivers have to endure. They are only worried about their freight being on time, so it doesn’t surprise me that they deny drivers shelter at their facility during severe weather.
Re: Joplin tornado
What a horrible day. And just after the new truck stop opened there.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this nasty weather.
Re: Restroom policies at shippers/receivers
When hauling asphalt for a local company, I was told drivers couldn’t use the restroom at the hop plant, so I went back to the yard an hour away. Because of that they had to dump a load of asphalt into the recycle pile because my truck wasn’t there to load and there wasn’t another right there to load. They never pulled that crap with me again. I used that restroom anytime I needed to.
Re: Cross-border trucking challenge
Keep up the awesome work, OOIDA.
Re: Jason’s law
We in the trucking community should not have to fight to have this bill reintroduced. It should have passed on the first introduction.
Re: PA Turnpike
Pennsylvania doesn’t need tolls. They need to clean up the rampant corruption in their state government. They already have among the very highest fuel tax rates in the nation and the worst road system overall – a combination that is utterly inexcusable and a gross embarrassment to the state.
It would be nice if we could physically swap Pennsylvania with another similarly sized state – such as one of the Dakotas. We would immediately have much better roads and better tax rates for this vital East Coast corridor. And if Pennsylvania chooses to continue to crumble in their mediocrity, they could quietly do so, without having such a negative impact on so many of the rest of us.
RE: Land Line
I really enjoy this magazine. I am a retired truck driver. It keeps me up on the latest information in the trucking industry.
Patricia Lee Isbell
Re: Oregon split-speeds
That’s a real smart thing to do. Maybe I should place rubber baby bumpers on the ICC bumper.
Re: Cross-border trucking
If you wanted to run your truck in Mexico, you couldn’t. Plus, you’d be a fool – probably get killed or kidnapped or both.