8 Alerts From the OOIDA Tag


A Former Truck Driver’s Perspective on Whether 18-year-olds Should Drive Big Rigs: NMA Newsletter #690

By NMA Arkansas Member Thomas Beckett   I read with interest the NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #685 on allowing 18-year-olds to drive in interstate commerce.    I come to this discussion with some experience, having been both a driver and a fleet manager for JB Hunt. In addition to that experience, I also have some insight […]

Should 18-year-olds Drive a Big Rig? NMA E-Newsletter #685

The minimum age to obtain a commercial driver’s license and drive a tractor-trailer within state boundaries is 18 in all states. Federal guidelines require the driver of 18-wheelers to be at least age 21. That appears to be changing. With the passage of the November 2021 $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Investment Act, Congress requires the Federal […]

You Have Trouble Parking? At Least, You’re Not a Trucker: NMA E-Newsletter #657

We need truckers—these men and women crisscross the country to bring goods to shelves everywhere, and without them, our economic engine would grind to a halt. Commercial truck driving is not an easy profession, but in 29 states, it is the most common. Finding a place to park has become one of the biggest problems […]

So What Happens if We Don’t Want Them? NMA E-Newsletter #581

In August 2019, 20 truckers with nine trucks held a rally at the Missouri State Capital, protesting the safety of autonomous trucks. They were there to support a bill on the drafting table by State Representative Mike Moon. Downshift to this year’s state legislative session; Moon sponsored and introduced a bill that would require a […]

The Split-Speed Limit Effect: That “Oh Crap” Look on Drivers’ Faces: NMA E-Newsletter #548

Split speed limits, where certain commercial vehicles such as large trucks are forced to travel at lower speeds than surrounding traffic, are anathema to truckers and car drivers alike. That is why the NMA and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have often joined forces to oppose the posting of split speeds and the use […]

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