You have the power, and OOIDA's next webinar teaches you how to use it

By Kerry Evans-Spillman, Land Line staff | 9/7/2012

The government can say trucking is deregulated all they want, but drivers know it is actually one of the most regulated industries in the United States.

The truth is, deregulation specifically referred to the setting and posting of rates. But the Constitution still allows Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.

Do you know how states adopt federal regulations? What about states passing their own regulations? Knowing the difference will help you possibly avoid problems and better understand the impact those regs have on your business.

You can have a say on a bill before it becomes law or even after. OOIDA’s next business webinar will explain how to best voice your concerns on laws that affect your life on the road.

Catch the live broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 13, or view it in the archive after the broadcast and at your convenience.

OOIDA Member Greg Gerhart of Jonesborough, TN, has been running under his own authority since April 2012.

The new entrant safety audit was making him a little nervous. So he signed up for the safety audit webinar in OOIDA’s Business Education Series.

He admits he is technologically challenged and even his phone has him flummoxed sometimes. The webinar, though, was no problem.

“Like everything with OOIDA, it was very professional, very easy, simple. It was explained well,” Greg said, “I love it.”

He isn’t the only one who was impressed with the information he received. The head of FMCSA’s Tennessee field office conducted Greg’s audit. She told him he was the most prepared interview she had ever done.

Greg said the webinar “totally prepared me.”

“I was nervous about it, but we ended up having a great time and I was impressed with what it did for me.”

Since he is on his own now with a one-man/one-truck operation, he is looking forward to reviewing the webinar on load boards, which ran a few weeks ago.

“I like the archive because I can do it at my own speed,” Greg said.

Few business-training seminars can offer OOIDA’s experience and knowledge of trucking related topics, especially those relevant to owner-operators. The 2012 series is no exception.

“The 2012 lineup of topics includes new subject matter that was suggested by participants of our past programs. … Plus we have updated the curriculum of presented topics to reflect the always changing regulations in the industry,” OOIDA Webinar Host Tom Gann said.

The new series of webinars gives truckers a one-two punch with some programs designed to help drivers understand rules, regulations and industry requirements, while other courses teach participants about the business side of trucking.

Look for topics such as transitioning from company driver to owner-operator, the authority process, using load boards and more.

OOIDA designed the program with convenience and truckers’ schedules in mind. “Webinars are presented by industry professionals in a user-friendly format delivered directly to the participant’s computer,” Gann said.

Programs can be viewed during the original airing, and participants can revisit the material later at their convenience. Or they can sign up to view any program in the easy-to-access archive files, which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

There will be two programs a month, each lasting about an hour. All programs are designed to help drivers at all levels in their career. Truckers may purchase the entire course, or choose individual programs, or pick several webinars with smaller, affordable package deals.

For more information, visit, or call 800-444-5791, or follow the webinar series on Facebook.

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