OOIDA

Observations from the dark side

"If you do go to MATS, take the time to go over to the Papa John's parking lot and rub elbows with the regular guys – we've met some of the most decent human beings on this earth in that parking lot, and you don't need a press pass to do that."

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MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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Readers debate New Entrant test

While a majority were positive about FMCSA's plan to introduce regs testing into the process for obtaining operating authority, questions as to the scope of test questions remained as the second federal listening session on the subject approached.

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Acquisition, maintenance cost worries stand out in post-2018 efficiency standards conversation

Readers sound off on President Obama's announcement of plans for post-2018 model truck fuel-efficiency/emissions standards.

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Audio: Rich Wilson at MCSAC — ‘We need to hear more from drivers’

Though any FLSA reform wouldn't apply directly to owner-operators, some have made the argument that improved pay conditions for company drivers and corresponding rate-dynamics changes would filter positively throughout the industry.

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Trucking groups question FMCSA hours study, Congressman says it’s ‘worthless’

Rep. Richard Hanna called FMCSA's study "worthless," while OOIDA says it is skeptical of the agency's findings. ATA says the study does not provide any justification for the rules.

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On the road again…

The George & Wendy Show back on the road: "Oh my gosh, it's better than Christmas. We're actually leaving the house this week!"

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Be your own boss: How to get your own authority

A step-by-step guide to the necessary federal and other filings. Be prepared for paying fees and handling lots of forms.

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OOIDA survey latest to show hours-of-service rules cut pay, increase driver fatigue

A full 65 percent of the 4,000 truck drivers surveyed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said the new hours of service rules have caused them to receive less income, while 46 percent report feeling more fatigued since the new rules took effect.

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OOIDA asks Supreme Court to hear cross-border trucking case

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the group's case against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico.

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