There's probably no better way for government and elected officials to see the world of large cars up close and personal than a truck ride-along. Most of the time, however, those folks claim to be "just too busy." U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) distinguished himself as a recent exception when he took time out for a short trip with OOIDA board member John Taylor of Cross Junction, VA. OOIDA's Todd Spencer also went along for the ride.
Also in this on-line issue
You'll find big news that involves big bucks. OOIDA, committed to overturning the practice of double taxation, just announced the filing of four class action suits against the taxing authorities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and New York. Annual reports shows toll roads in these four states are completely self-sufficient financially and OOIDA contends that fuel use taxes collected from truckers for toll road miles represent hundreds of millions of dollars in double taxation. The lawsuit seeks an injunction and also wants refunds (going back four years) of fuel taxes collected on the basis of miles driven on those toll roads. You'll want to watch this one closely.
Check out the hottest issues now before state legislatures. Any trucker who wants to have a say in what shapes his/her future needs to pay strict attention to speed limit bills and more.
Your health–More than two million men suffer from osteoporosis and millions more are at risk. Cigarette smokers, caffeine drinkers and anyone with a sedentary life style are at risk. Sound familiar? Read the hard facts about brittle bones.
Your money–Is your credit as good as you think it is? For small business trucking companies who want to grow and for professional drivers who want to be owner-operators, your credit record can make or break your chances for success. See article by Donna Carlson (with OOIDA's Craig Sciara).
A special thanks to all of you who send us letters and e-mails daily. The staff of Land Line and OOIDA really value this show of support, information and general input. We can't publish them all, but each is important. Most are serious comments, a few are humorous, and we appreciate them all. This morning's flood of mail included an amusing anecdote sent in by Dale Wanden. Here goes…
Did you hear about the four-wheeler who was unknowingly caught in an automated speed trap using photoradar? He later received a ticket for $40 and a photo of his car in the mail. Instead of payment, he sent the police department a photo of $40. Several days later, he received a letter from the police with another photo enclosed–of handcuffs.
We hope you enjoy this Mid-America Trucking Show edition and look forward to seeing a number of you in Louisville March 25, 26 and 27. Look for the fantastic new OOIDA/Land Line booth in the east wing, booth number 117.