Owner operator land weekly trucking news digest #106

Truck for a hero section
Written by Owner Operator Team

Stephen Cliff may be the new chief of road safety

Last year 38,680 people were killed in road accidents. And this terrible number is only growing. And the rapidly changing automotive industry only adds to it, as the number of battery-powered electric vehicles is growing every year. This means that if appointed to the position, Steven Cliff will take over the agency at a crucial juncture. Read more about this announcement by President Joe Biden here.

Brake Safety Week 2021: the results

During Brake Safety Week 2021, inspectors pulled more than 35,764 trucks. The good news is that nearly 90% of vehicles inspected in North America had no brake-related critical inspection item violations. You can find more information on the CVSA website.

The COVID-19 pandemic and Truck Driver Shortage

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a lot of truckers have moved to smaller trucking companies or chosen jobs in the final-mile delivery segment. Others decided to retire or chose other industries, like warehousing and storage. Another problem is high turnover. That’s why the trucking industry has to deal with the Great Truck Driver Shortage of 2021. But is it really so? Read more about the current situation here.

The Overdrive/Truckload Carriers Association Owner-Operator of the Year contest

You still have time to enter the Overdrive/Truckload Carriers Association Owner-Operator of the Year contest. It will give you an opportunity to win $25,000. Hurry up – the deadline is Monday, October 25th.

What is being done to solve the truck parking crisis?

In the new “Live From Exit 24” show you can find updated information on the situation of truck parking shortage. Fighting for secure dedicated truck parking in any highway or infrastructure bill, increasing the capacity of existing parking lots, and using government lands: will it be enough to solve the problem? You can listen to the whole episode with host Mike Matousek, OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh, and Bryce Mongeon, OOIDA’s director of legislative affairs, here.