OOIDA Needs To Back Off

We rarely talk about Hours Of Service on The Trucking Podcast, but not this time. OOIDA has rocked my boat, and I’m a bit p#ssed about it. You’ll get the full rant in the opening monologue. The short version is that the new HOS rules have not been in place long enough to even get an idea of how things will play out.

The OOIDA mantra has always been two lines;

  1. SAY NO TO CHEAP FREIGHT
  2. RUN LEGAL

Cheap is relative, but there are far too many good loads out there for anyone to be running cheap freight, so that kills the first one, at least for now.

After years of OOIDA screaming for everyone to run legal, the playing field has mostly been leveled. We’ve had barely 4 months of manditory e-log compliance. Now we have a new dumb idea from the folks in Grain City, MO.

OOIDA Wants a 17 Hour Day

Our fine friends at OOIDA think 4 months is long enough to know that you aren’t offering enough free dock time. You should have an extra 3 hours to sit on your ass and get your delivery handled. It’s not even a split sleep provision. BACK OFF! Let’s give this thing at least a year to play out.

Full disclosure here. I’m an OOIDA member. I have been for close to 15 years.

How Much Does Driver Pay Need To Increase?

Todd Spencer is president at OOIDA. He’s quoted as saying driver pay needs to double. DEAL! Where do I sign up?

It’s no doubt trucking companies need to address a few key issues to recruit and retain drivers. Pay is a big part of the package, but there are other issues to bring to the table. Trucking companies need to think outside of the box to solve some of the issues that take drivers out of the game.

  • Truck parking.
  • Longer weekends at home.
  • Share the love when we save on tolls, and stop with the ridiculous routing software.

Tactical Trucker Tip

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We finish off with a really bad ad and call it a show.