advocacy

Why Mike can’t have nice things (like my vote)

"I spend every Monday morning writing letters to my representatives in DC, and I spend about the same amount of time calling their offices, leaving messages and talking to staff. I realize that's not nearly as cool as making a bold, public statement about 'being done with writing letters'..."

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Amid driver shootings, SBTC group promotes Sept. 5 as ‘Day without a trucker’

The group's head, James Lamb, notes 400 or more truckers have committed to participating in a D.C. parade, and others plan to shut down in solidarity. Lamb himself remains under an FTC suit against two businesses for deceptive marketing practices, to which he's countersued.

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Representative Babin gets it

"Since we have the golden unicorn of a Representative in Texas who has really been inside a truck, used one to make a living, and knows what the HOS is, we should definitely make an effort to let him know how very much we appreciate him." Support his bill by calling your own rep, Wendy urges.

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Why language is important

Wendy on Congressional move to institute lifetime CDL ban for human traffickers: "Language matters, especially when crafting laws. You see, laws are a lot like lies, the more specific and convoluted you make them the easier it is for them to be picked apart."

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ASECTT group presses ahead on CSA, safety rating reform and other issues

In addition to its chief concern over reliance on CSA SMS scores in safety assessment, ASECTT now turns attention to reform of the safety-audit system and federal preemption of state wage/hour laws and independent contractor classification, among other issues.

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Just his $2 worth

Bill Weaver's got a unique plan to draw attention to truckers' concerns: "Let's all get with our banks and have them order us in $2 bills to spend on the road for expenses ... as a form of protest to let the public know our plight."

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Nice sentiments

The ELD mandate drawing closer ... "I've noticed a lot more people deciding to protest the rule. I appreciate the feelings: I'm the first one to say, 'Stand up to the gubmint,' but I've got one question: Where were y'all all those years ago when we were begging people to make comments?" ...

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Livin’ on potato time

"You could put 40 clocks and 25 cameras inside of every single commercial vehicle on the road, and those items would not prevent accidents." More on the push for so-called "safety" devices from on high ...

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Letter to Trump: Parking, 14-hour rule, congestion ever more urgent issues with ELDs

Reader Clifford "Chappy" Petersen's open letter to Donald Trump ranges through his views on a variety of issues -- from parking and congestion to driver pay and more -- that he says are set to be further exacerbated by the ELD mandate.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, OOIDA still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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