Friday, December 16, 2016

OOIDA Board election: Voting ends at midnight Dec. 31

Time is running out to cast your ballot in the 2016 OOIDA Board of Directors election. Voting is scheduled to end at midnight on Saturday, Dec. 31.

Nine OOIDA members are running for seats on the Board of Directors. They are Mark Carter, Pine, Colo.; David Jungeblut, Sibley, Mo.; John Koglman, Oberlin, Ohio; Michael Kordi, Sunnyvale, Texas; Bob Lloyd, Ottawa Lake, Mich.; Jose “Tony” Martinez, North Bergen, N.J.; Chuck Paar, Mount Jewett, Pa.; Hamlin “Trot” Raney III, Wake Forest, N.C., and Doug Smith, Bountiful, Utah.

We’ve compiled background info on all nine candidates, as well as links to their interviews with Land Line Now.

Ballots were mailed out to the membership on Nov. 15 and are due back by Dec. 31. Current OOIDA members can also vote online at

Click on the name below to view the bios of each board candidate, including their photos and interviews with Land Line Now Host Mark Reddig.

Mark Carter, Pine, Colo.

David Jungeblut, Sibley, Mo.

John Marshall Koglman, Oberlin, Ohio

Michael Kordi, Sunnyvale, Texas

Robert Dee Lloyd, Ottawa Lake, Mich.

Jose “Tony” Martinez, North Bergen, N.J.

Charles “Chuck” Paar, Mount Jewett, Pa.

Hamlin (Trot) Raney III, Wake Forest, N.C.

Douglas Ralph Smith, Bountiful, Utah

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

VIDEO: Check out this massive tire blowout

Have you checked your tires lately? If you thought you had a bad tire blowout before, just wait until you see this.

The other day, Associate Editor Greg Grisolano wrote a story about dogs in New Zealand receiving more driver training than truckers. Keeping with the international theme, let’s go a little north…okay, WAY north…to Russia.

In the dashcam video below, you see a truck pulling into a truck stop. Not much is going on, but wait until the 1:00 mark …

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A tale of two (failed) truck companies – and the carnage they left behind

Remember Jevic Transportation? The New Jersey-based carrier was around for 27 years mostly in the Northeast before it suddenly closed its doors in 2008, leaving 1,800 employees without work and stranding a few drivers on the road

Now the ghost of Jevic is in the headlines. A dispute over who gets paid first out of Jevic's bankruptcy assets has finally worked its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Seems the Jevic holding company and some lenders reached a settlement that left one group out in the cold. Guess who? Unpaid drivers, of course.

The settlement between financial institutions even blocked the drivers’ ability to sue the company some blamed for Jevic’s demise – Sun Life Financial.

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case on Dec. 7. A lawyer for the drivers pointed out that by law and custom, employees should be paid before some lenders. The corporate lawyer argued that the Jevic case was an exception.

From the transcripts it’s hard to tell what the justices were thinking, except for Justice Sotomayor. Speaking of the drivers, she told the corporate lawyer, “You took away a legal right from them. They had a legal right to sue Sun Life. They had a legal right to pursue their other claims. And the settlement extinguished those claims.”

Do any other justices see it that way? We’ll have to wait to find out.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Reminder - In New Zealand, even dogs get on-road driver training

When Land Line Managing Editor Jami Jones shared a Dec. 10 video from aggregator In The NOW’s Facebook feed of rescue dogs driving a car on a closed track in New Zealand, my first thought was, “Huh. Looks like dogs in New Zealand have more mandatory windshield time for driver training than truckers in America do.”

Sure, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just passed a proficiency-based entry-level driver training standard – the first of its kind in the U.S. – last week. But the folks at FMCSA seem to have forgotten the most critical component of that regulation – mandating some on-road and range time for new drivers. The committee of 26 industry stakeholders (including OOIDA) passed on a recommendation of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training for new truck drivers when the proposal passed through the negotiated rulemaking committee last year. FMCSA said they opted not to include a minimum number of hours behind the wheel, but did say it would study the results of training and make future adjustments if necessary.

Meanwhile, the dogs in the video received two months’ worth of driver training before going on live TV and demonstrating their skills on a closed race track.