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Welcome to the Vertical Alliance Group Radio Network! THE place to discuss CSA2010, a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration initiative governing motor carriers and CDL drivers.We'll chat it up with industry insiders and others in-the-know about CSA 2010, as well as taking your calls and questions about this new Federal initiative!
 
We're a big happy family in the Trucking Nation, so we try and keep it on the lighter side of things. Now of course I will update you on important trucking news and all those fun FMCSA updates, as well as, any extra tid bits you all need to know. We have tons of guests lined up to interview and offer their expertise on financial topics, technology, compliance updates, and trucking business information.
 
Something you'd like to hear us discuss? Email TruckTalk@Bendix.com Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, plus Bendix brand air brake charging and control systems for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles across North America. Truck Talk with Bendix is hosted by Denise L. Rondini, president of Rondini Communications, a communications company covering the trucking industry. Projects include: magazine feature art ...
 
Ever wonder what goes into keeping bus riders and drivers safe? Then join us on the Road to Safety, the podcast that presents the techniques, practices, and processes that instill a safety culture into a bus operation. Brought to you by The School Bus Safety Company in partnership with The Transit and Paratransit Company - leaders in providing driver training materials - each episode will feature special guests and industry experts who will explore the many areas and challenges that bus oper ...
 
Show Description Trucking with Authority could just as well be called Motor Carrier 101: An introduction to becoming a motor carrier with your own authority. We explore the ins and outs of becoming a motor carrier, covering a wide range of topics such as: how to apply and deal with the FMCSA; record keeping; compliance; sales and marketing; working with brokers; and building relationships with direct customers. We explore thought-provoking concepts that address how to set yourself apart from ...
 
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LLN (9/9/21) – The FMCSA is giving states money for truck safety, the IRS is giving some truckers a better tax break, and yet another carrier wants an exemption from driver training rules. Also, Michigan lawmakers may OK speed cameras in work zones; Pennsylvania may let local cops use speed radar; and California could change how they set speed limi…
 
LLN (9/17/21) – The truck parking problem isn’t going away anytime soon, thanks in part to Congress’ inability to get anything done, but not all hope is lost. There’s one more solid path to victory. Why does it seem like more trucks are zooming too quickly through truck stop parking lots and onto highways? Plus, transportation issues on the Capitol…
 
LLN (9/16/21) – Separating fact from fiction on vaccine mandates can be a chore, so we clear up what you need to know as the order comes into focus. ATRI is asking drivers to let them know what concerns them most, whether it be vaccine mandates, the lack of truck parking or anything else. And Michigan is making moves on ticket quotas and road fundi…
 
LLN (9/15/21) – A new program is enlisting truckers in the fight against human trafficking and training is completely free. Two organizations have found new ways to honor commercial truck drivers. The spot market has cooled off a bit. Plus, an update on what the House labor committee is doing about the PRO Act. 0:00 – Newscast. 10:14 – Free trainin…
 
LLN (9/14/21) – Like Charlie Brown with the football, Congress failed to pass another truck parking amendment and we’ve got the details, the analysis and the new path forward. Tips on quarterly estimated tax payments and tax extensions. Plus, California looks all but certain to extend a mileage tax pilot program and Alaska makes moves to raise its …
 
LLN (9/13/21) – Physical damage coverage may be optional, but it might as well be necessary. Why picking up the insurance coverage covers you on a number of fronts. A new song inspired by an OOIDA member involving terminal cancer, a Facebook post, a surprise gone wrong and a lasting tribute that the driver’s widow will never forget. Plus, takeaways…
 
Most major truck manufacturers are developing and releasing electric vehicle (EV) options. Air brakes and compressed air are still a critical function for electric vehicles - but the way air is produced and consumed is different. Bendix's Rich Nagel joins Denise Rondini to talk about air brake systems and air management technology on EVs.Truck Talk…
 
LLN (9/10/21) – In just two weeks, truckers will gather in Joplin, Missouri, for the biennial Guilty By Association Truck Show. We’ll have a preview of the big event. Also, Marty Ellis is between truck shows, but in the meantime he’s hearing plenty about driver retention and why there isn’t very much of that. And it’s been a while since the U.S.-Me…
 
LLN (9/8/21) – Over the past 15 or so months, it seems like COVID-19 has affected just about everything, but it’s even affecting things you may not know about – or expect. And among those things is how you get an alcohol or drug test. Also, Hurricane Ida had a profound effect on the markets last week. We’ll go over the scope of that impact and wher…
 
LLN (9/7/21) – Work has started on a $3.5 trillion budget – including yet more money for transportation and infrastructure. But where will that money be spent, and on what? And will truck parking finally get some attention? Also, maintaining a healthy lifestyle when you’re sitting behind a wheel for hours on end is difficult – but it doesn’t have t…
 
LLN (9/6/21) – Earlier this year, industry watchers predicted a qualified driver shortage could lead to a fuel shortage across the U.S. We’ll have an encore of a roundtable discussion on the topic. Also, to figure out what trucks need in terms of highway infrastructure, it’s probably a good idea to know which trucks are going to be on the highways.…
 
LLN (9/3/21) – Truckers who want to help out in a crisis like Hurricane Ida have few options. Now, there’s a way they can help. Meanwhile, one city develops a plan to keep overweight trucks on a fragile highway. Also, from a good Samaritan truck driver to a motor carrier that wants to put trainees in the driver’s seat without a trainer who’s awake,…
 
The Dawg On-It Trucking Pawedcast is happy to announce an additional co-host. John Farquhar Summit Risk Solutions: summitrisksolutions.ca 1 226 802-2762 John@summitrisksolutions.ca Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-farquhar-9b88771a2/?originalSubdomain=ca Chris Harris Safety Dawg Inc: safetydawg.com Chris@SafetyDawg.com 1 905 973 7056 Link…
 
LLN (9/2/21) – The FMCSA will allow states to extend CDLs through November – and has extended its hours of service emergency declaration, with some changes. Also, a new rule in Texas will protect trucking operations from frivolous lawsuits, while three states open the door for electronic ticket cameras. We’ll have information about upcoming truck s…
 
LLN (9/1/21) – The lawsuit against California’s AB5 – the law meant to determine who is and isn’t an independent contractor – may go to the Supreme Court, while another related law has been ruled unconstitutional. Also, when a broker doesn’t pay, federal law requires them to carry a bond to cover carriers who have hauled a load. But in practice, it…
 
LLN (8/31/21) – The people pushing to require speed limiters in trucks have lost another battle after they attempted to attach the requirement on a defense spending bill. However, that’s not likely to stop them or those fighting against a requirement. Also, the list of what affects fuel consumption includes your tires. We’ll discuss how to maximize…
 
LLN (8/30/21) – For years, mainstream media outlets have accepted the driver shortage myth, and no amount of evidence convinces them otherwise. So why is that? Also, the Santa Fe Trail is billed as America's first great international commercial highway, and it’s about to celebrate its 200th birthday. The chairwoman of Santa Fe Trail 200 organizatio…
 
You can get more information from Kim Sytsma-Hill of KRTS by calling 1 800 771 8171 x 205 www.krway.com Contact Info: KRTS, Matt Richardson: 1 800 771 8171 John Farquhar Summit Risk Solutions: summitrisksolutions.ca 1 226 802-2762 John@summitrisksolutions.ca Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-farquhar-9b88771a2/?originalSubdomain=ca Chris H…
 
LLN (8/27/21) – A new song is inspired by a truck driver – and that alone is a good story. But this one involves an OOIDA member, terminal cancer, a Facebook post, a surprise gone wrong and a lasting tribute that the driver’s widow will never forget. While Marty Ellis is enjoying some fine baked goods in Wisconsin, truckers are getting really heate…
 
LLN (8/26/21) – Yet another company has requested an exemption to the hours of service, allowing their drivers to work longer hours than allowed under the rules, while the FMCSA has proposed a change to vision standards. Also, Massachusetts is looking for creative ways to raise local road money. Meanwhile, New Jersey wants to make it easier to get …
 
LLN (8/25/21) – The markets are often at the mercy of Mother Nature, and this past week was no different. Severe weather out east and extreme heat out west are having an effect on freight rates. We’ll review what’s happened and what’s expected to happen in the markets. Also, who should pay the cost for a load that’s damaged? Federal law contains so…
 
LLN (8/24/21) – For more than a half century, speed limits have been set using the “85th percentile rule.” Now, California may change how they do it. Meanwhile, local transportation ballot issues are coming up across the country. Also, problems in your truck’s engine can catch you by surprise – unless you’re doing regular oil analysis. We’ll discus…
 
LLN (8/23/21) – It’s well-known that detention time is a big issue for truckers, and can eat away at their ability to make a living. What many don’t consider is the role brokers play, and how little existing regulations protect them. Also, we all know the idea of raising minimum insurance requirements by 167 percent is a bad idea – and the latest L…
 
LLN (8/20/21) – Truck parking advocates struck out trying to get funding added to the infrastructure bill, but the truck parking bill, HR2187, still has a pretty good shot of advancing. Also, a couple of tragic situations that can be attributed to a lack of parking and a California city charging truckers to park at their own homes. Marty Ellis is s…
 
LLN (8/19/21) – Werner wants to let some trainees drive without a trainer in the jump seat. Also, a federal agency investigates Tesla’s Autopilot, while a coalition sues over recent hours of service changes. Texas voters will decide whether counties can issue transportation bonds, while several cities and counties there have lined up highway-relate…
 
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week demonstrates just how important it is to have properly operating brakes. In this episode of Truck Talk with Bendix, Frank Gilboy shares practical tips on vehicle inspections and how fleets can ensure their brakes are in good working order.By Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems
 
LLN (8/18/21) – As broker problems pile up for some carriers – problems such as refused loads, terrible or nonexistent detention pay or fines for arriving early – carriers are looking for solutions. We’ll have some advice on handling those and more. Also, CVSA's Brake Safety Week is right around the corner. We’ll have some tips about how to pass wi…
 
LLN (8/17/21) – What do you do when something shows up on your CSA report but you don’t think it should be there? You file a DataQ challenge. We’ll go through how you use that system and when it’s appropriate. Also, a Pennsylvania lawmaker has offered an alternative to the plan to toll bridges in the state. Meanwhile, another effort would allow loc…
 
LLN (8/16/21) – The infrastructure bill would allow more “asset recycling” – fancy talk for more toll roads. We’ll examine which states might do that. An Ohio U.S. Senate candidate says it’s a bad idea to get more women behind the wheels of trucks. Also, two Citizen Driver honorees discuss their time in the spotlight; an OOIDA life member’s generou…
 
LLN (8/13/21) – Many of us remember the 1970s, when truckers were heroes both on the road – and on major Hollywood films. We’ll discuss some of the classic trucking movies with Bryan Martin of the Chrome Shop Mafia. Also, Marty Ellis has a truck show nearly every weekend for the rest of the summer, and he’s headed to two of the best. And ever since…
 
My guest this week is Gary Dhaliwal, of Hutch Systems. Their ELD has been approved by Transport Canada! Transport Canada has set their ELD mandate out. At the time of this recording (August 12, 2021) Hutch Systems has complied with the Canadian ELD Mandate. For more information on the Hutch Systems compliant ELD, go to: https://www.hutchsystems.com…
 
LLN (8/12/21) – The infrastructure bill that just passed in the U.S. Senate would require automatic emergency braking systems, create a pilot program for under-21 truck drivers, and more. Also, four states are changing the rules for left lane use on superhighways, while Missouri clears the final hurdle to increasing its fuel tax for the first time …
 
LLN (8/11/21) – What are the rules that govern the relationship between brokers and carriers? And how effective are those rules out in the real world? We’ll offer a primer on how it’s supposed to work and how well it does. Also, an unusual indicator is giving us some insight into the freight market this year. We’ll have that, plus the usual rundown…
 
LLN (8/10/21) – The U.S. Senate has given its formal OK to the bipartisan infrastructure bill. So what is and isn’t in it, and what’s next? We’ll have the details, including the lack of funding for truck parking. Also, getting a traffic ticket is never fun and even less fun depending on where you get it. And in some places, if you get pulled over, …
 
LLN (8/9/21) – California’s AB5 and an attempt to duplicate it at the federal level have led to a lot of confusion among truckers about what is and isn’t legal anymore. We’ll offer some clarification on that and other issues. Also, brake violations – especially brakes that are out of adjustment – are among the most common inspection violations. Tha…
 
LLN (8/6/21) – The attempt to get money to build additional truck parking spaces into the infrastructure bill shifted into high gear today as an amendment was proposed. We’ll have the details. Also, from the CEO of a truck manufacturer who’s charged with all kinds of false statements to a couple of top federal officials who clearly understand what’…
 
LLN (8/5/21) – The infrastructure bill taking shape in the U.S. Senate looks pretty good for truckers – except it contains nothing for truck parking. And efforts to change that are an uphill climb. Also, just how much stuff are you allowed to have behind your windshield; trucks passed Roadcheck 2021 with flying colors; and two reports name the wors…
 
LLN (8/4/21) - While the Senate infrastructure bill is mostly about paving and building, it also includes an examination of truck leasing, coercion, ELD oversight and more. We’ll discuss less-known parts of the bill. Also, to figure out what trucks need in terms of highway infrastructure, it’s probably a good idea to know what exactly the trucks ar…
 
LLN (8/3/21) – The Senate continues to work on the bipartisan infrastructure bill – but it still lacks any truck parking money, and a potentially problematic study may be part of it. We’ll discuss the details – and bring you OOIDA’s Call to Action on the topic. Also, that strange noise or vibration in your truck can help a mechanic figure out what’…
 
LLN (8/2/21) – For many years, OOIDA has pointed out shortcomings in both the CSA system – and the DataQ system for handling disputes of information in CSA. Now, another push is on to reform the system. Also, OOIDA’s Business Services Department fields a lot of complaints about brokers and questions about fuel surcharges and short-haul exceptions. …
 
LLN (7/30/21) – Fuel prices have been biting drivers in the backside in recent weeks, but there’s a way to take the sting out and save more than 30 cents a gallon right now. The skipper of the OOIDA tour truck also has fuel on his mind, with drivers bending his ear about fuel prices, surcharges and more. Plus, what we’re hearing from Capitol Hill a…
 
Nelson Brison of Contingency Safety Solutions explains how the two departments are in conflict. #trucking #truckingsafety Nelson Brison, President Contingency Safety Solutions Inc 1-(902)-580-3554 nelsonbrison.css@gmail.com contingencysafety.css@gmail.com www.contingencysafety.com Keeping it Safety Dawg Simple!…
 
LLN (7/29/21) – Two top federal officials recently made it clear that they understand the retention and turnover problems in the trucking industry. Now, what will they do about it? Also, FMCSA will require states to exchange CDL information electronically by 2024, and the agency has clarified some emergency declarations. Three states act to stop “t…
 
LLN (7/28/21) – What you call your job, one television host calls a daring stunt. But fortunately for Bobby Bones, an OOIDA member was by his side as he learned to drive a truck. And the whole thing was put on a national TV show. Also, an owner-operator gets the surprise of a lifetime, and a preview of this weekend’s SuperRigs. For flatbed haulers,…
 
LLN (7/27/21) – City-owned roads and bridges will get a multimillion dollar boost under a new law in Massachusetts, while Maine will let voters decide on a new set of highway bonds. Also, if you were expecting that Congress would get it together on an infrastructure bill, prepare for disappointment. We’ll explain what happened, what didn’t happen, …
 
LLN (7/26/21) – Hot weather can lead to extreme health problems – heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke. We’ll have some advice. Also, when it comes to maintenance, taxes and legal issues, you’re going to have questions – and a great place to get the answers is Land Line Magazine. We’ll offer a sneak peek of the features inside the July issue. And j…
 
LLN (7/23/21) – Another city is considering a truck parking ban; meanwhile, some truckers are saying “I told you so” in the city of Joliet, Ill. Also, Marty Ellis is between truck shows, getting an update on a city we thought was doing well on left lane use, and discussing a new way to get in touch with the people who represent you in Washington, D…
 
LLN (7/22/21) – An FMCSA advisory committee discussed driver turnover and retention, and the secretary of transportation has written an article for CNN that seems clued in to the facts. Also, Oregon lawmakers have finished work on a large transportation funding bill, while six states are changing the rules for license plate readers. We’ll bring you…
 
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