Congrats on EOBR win, OOIDA
I finally had time to read Judge Wood’s remand on the mandatory EOBR for “bad actors” case.
My two initial thoughts:
- Our lawyers are pretty good.
- Judge Wood is really smart and needs an important job in Washington.
To my mind, Judge Wood accomplished the following for us:
- She is requiring the FMCSA to prove at least one negative with respect to EOBR driver harassment.
- She has kicked the door open for us with respect to cost/benefit.
- She has left the door open to us with respect to Fourth Amendment (which is closest to my heart).
All in all, I expect to be long dead before mandatory EOBRs are realized.
So thanks and congratulations to OOIDA and our legal team.
Great article, great hero
Articles like “Trucker rescues woman from gun-wielding suspect” by Staff Writer Clarissa Kell-Holland are why I subscribe to Land Line online. Brought tears to my eyes. So well-written, too.
Thank you and pass on to OOIDA Member Mike Schiotis that he is a hero. How many cars and trucks passed that scene and didn’t have “that something special” to take action like this guy did?
Everyday heroes like police and firefighters run toward danger while others flee from it, and that’s what this ordinary guy did.
The public often does not appreciate that the big trucks they see and are annoyed by on the roadways often contain exemplary people with exemplary stories.
Editor’s note: Readers who missed the story about Mike Schiotis online can read it in this issue on Page 38.
Shame on OOIDA? Shame on you
To the American Independent Property Brokers and President James Lamb, I would like to say I am offended by your “shame on you OOIDA ad.”
I am a life member of OOIDA and a 44-year owner-operator in the heavy haul business. Most truckers, and myself, who have been paying attention to our industry have watched our business slowly taken away from us and taken over by the broker industry. I can’t tell you how many times 60 percent of the freight rate is gone before it is on my trailer because of double brokering and/or skimming, while so many of you don’t even factor your own freight bills. I have watched the greed and unethical practices of the broker industry put many of my friends out of business or one breakdown away from gone.
You make money off our investments and our sweat. At the same time you don’t even have a favorable opinion of us – and the arrogance when you talk to us is unacceptable. You hold each load up for auction to the cheapest carrier; then all of a sudden it’s hot and has to go now!
I find it ironic now that the shoe is on the other foot and you are asked to have some accountability, you are whining like the bottom feeders you are. You will find no sympathy from any truckers on this one. Too many of you have been operating from your kitchen table or out of the trunk of your car. But maybe your good times at our expense are over. We can only hope.
EPA not interested in little guy
Staff Writer Charlie Morasch was right on with the story on OOIDA’s testimony on EPA regulations.
I have been both an owner-operator and a company driver. Owners take better care of their equipment and have more experience than many company drivers. Many owners can tell you down to the dime what their cost per mile is. If research was done on idling, you would find people who pay the bill themselves only do it when it is really necessary.
The problem I have is my truck runs great with over 700,000 miles, yet I can’t go into the ports in California because it is too old. I’m almost 64 years old and I’m not about to buy a new one just because some political hack wants me to go bankrupt.
EPA is not interested in the little guy because it is not about the environment. They don’t like small business truckers because it is harder to control them and they don’t support EPA’s agenda.
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Re: Cowpoke’s farewell
What an eloquent way to say goodbye.
I loved reading his posts and columns.
One day we’ll catch him on the flipside.
Catherine Aull Kalis
Happy trucking, Cowpoke. God knows you will be missed. I believe you showed a lot of us how to live when you knew the end was near – a man of class. Thank you for your words.
Re: Testifying in Congress on fuel economy standards
I had to be nailed to my seat to keep from jumping up and down when they went on and on and on about polls. What an incredible waste of time. But I’m glad to have had some brief meaningful exchanges, and I’m ready to follow up with some of the reps.
Re: Trucker beaten, load hijacked, and truck burned near border
Is anybody really surprised by this? This is but a taste of what is to come with the “wonderful” (read: NOT) cross-border program.
Re: Motor carrier identity stolen, along with three truckloads of beer
Makes you wonder just how many more of these stories we will be hearing about with the cross-border trucking program.
Re: Truck stops focusing on trucking customers?
I think it is just nuts that a truck driver will stop and fill up his truck for $850 to $1,000 and they can’t say thanks with a free cup of coffee. The little ma and pop truck stops still do, but the chain truck stops look at us as a number, in and out, waiting for the next driver.
My hat is off, with many thanks, to the drivers out there running cross-country. I quit running cross-country a year and a half ago and now run city. Thanks for all you put up with out there.
C.A. Van Meerhaeghe
Re: Travel plaza shuts down after receiving electrification grant
Amazing. One more case of the government not doing its homework.
ravin4565 (Ravin Smith) Via Twitter
Re: Scam pretends truckers owe NY State Police
You really saved our butts! My hubby read this in your mag literally 30 seconds before I opened that email. Thanks so much!
Re: Ports of L.A., Long Beach ban ’06 and older trucks in January 2012
Maybe us truckers should start dropping the freight off at the state line. Who has money to buy a new truck every five years? I don’t!
M. Ali Jones
Re: License renewal
I received notice in July from Indiana that my hazmat was expiring in September, that I had to get fingerprinted, wait two weeks and then come back to get my license (which then comes in the mail 10 days later). I was fortunate that I had picked up my mail.
It was difficult to get back in with time for them to process my fingerprints and then back again in time to renew. I had to get the fingerprints done, while on a load at a hospital at the other end of the state.
I knew my license was expiring in September but hadn’t planned on making three trips home in six weeks during our high season. I also had recently gotten my TWIC, and it took a whole year to pick it up. There has to be a better way.
Janet Baulos Huber
Re: Arizona pitch to toll
It’s ridiculous that Arizona is concerned about “viable alternative toll-free routes” for its citizens but not anyone else. They obviously expect out-of-state travelers and truckers to subsidize its citizens’ roadways.
Re: Truckers for Troops
You guys sent me stuff and my whole troop enjoyed it. Thanks.
Re: Texas adds I-69
to highway roster
Good news, finally. It’s always good news for truckers (and every motorist, really) when highways are upgraded to interstate standards. And it’s also good for Texas, which will grow its economy even more by having additional interstate-grade transportation routes. I can’t wait to see I-69 extended all the way up through Texas and on up to south Indianapolis.
Robert E. Lee
Re: New coalition urges widespread tolls
Re: Report questions motives for red-light cameras
They are all about revenue, not safety. They’re actually a danger more than a safety program.
Bradley D. Coddington