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Is ATA honoring pledge to the Truck Parking Coalition?


 Is the ATA honoring their pledge to the National Truck Parking Coalition?

Hope Rivenburg

Hope Rivenburg – Jasons Law Truck Parking Survey ceremony and pledge with DOT and Stakeholders- Forming National Truck Parking Coalition

 It seems like yesterday that DOT released their Truck Parking Survey. The Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey and Comparative Assessment was conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to meet the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21; P.L. 112-141) law that became effective on October 1, 2012.
(The Jason’s Law provision in the 2012 MAP-21 highway bill is named after murdered truck driver Jason Rivenburg.)

In 2009 Hope Rivenburg, the young widow of murdered trucker Jason Rivenburg, vowed to change the perils of the truck parking shortage by standing up and fighting for legislation, allowing for more safe truck parking.

Finally, the day long awaited for… The results of the DOT Truck Parking Survey and the forming of the National Truck Parking Coalition

On Friday August 21, 2015, an emotional day for Hope Rivenburg, who was the focal point of the truck parking survey announcement ceremony and the pledge signing commitment  in Washington DC. The newly formed National Coalition on Truck Parking including prominent DOT reps, had their official briefing and truck parking commitment to support the need for more truck parking.

Hope Rivenburg, DOT reps and stakeholder groups all openly signed the pledge, forming the newly created National Coalition on Truck Parking.

Video of Jason’s Law Truck Parking Announcement, Signing, and Pledge

Stakeholders expected to be very active in the newly formed coalition include:  FHWA, FMCSA the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Trucking Associations (ATA),  Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

The first gathering of the Truck Parking Coalition was November 2015. With an interest in continuing the dialogue on national truck parking needs, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formed a coalition of stakeholder organizations to help resolve truck parking problems. The four regional 2016 meetings brought together members of the coalition to identify strategies and approaches that address the parking needs of interstate truckers.

June 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah
July 12 – Hanover, Maryland
August 26 – Dallas, Texas
October 5 – Grain Valley, Missouri

As advocates for professional drivers, we are proud to announce that fellow truck driver advocate Desiree Wood, President of REAL Women In Trucking, attended all 4 meetings. Also attending all 4 meetings was Mr. Carl Rundell from “Truck Smart Parking Services“. Read more details about the summary of the 2016 meetings– “Truck Parking Coalition” 

What we did find disturbing was that the trucking industry carriers, those who employ many of the millions of OTR truck drivers, did not attend.

As a matter of fact, Lisa Mullings CEO of NATSO remarked during the final meeting at OOIDA Headquarters Where are the carriers in this conversation? They call themselves “Logistics” companies and they are dictating fuel stops and highway routing in the bigger carriers, Why aren’t they helping their own drivers with parking?

Many of these carriers are active members of the American Trucking Association (ATA),  one of the major stakeholders who openly signed the pledge to commit to the National Truck Parking Coalition.  The ATA themselves did attend meetings, although I’m not sure  how heartfelt a commitment or understanding of the truck parking shortage they have, which obviously affects many of their members’ employees health and safety, not to mention the safety of the general public.  I only say this because just recently I read an article in Transport Topics,  “Opinion: Significant Accomplishments; More to Be Done”

In the article it discussed the highway bill — the FAST Act — and how the legislation directs new funding to freight projects, specifically to highways. It discussed a number of what was considered the industry’s priorities, such as reforms to the CSA safety monitoring system and the ordering of the federal government to set hair testing standards for carriers to use in drug screenings, as well as making it easier for veterans to return to civilian life and begin careers in the trucking industry.
But nowhere was mentioned the Federal Priority for addressing the Truck Parking Shortage. I remind you, the ATA is  a National Truck Parking Coalition Stakeholder.

The Freight Projects mentioned are stated in the FAST Act requirements which explains that each state must have an approved freight plan and freight network in place by December 2017 in order to continue to use their freight formula funds.  The FAST Act: The Freight Provisions    read more on how to take action.  TRUCK PARKING IS ELIGIBLE for those funds!!

I can only hope, as part of Trucking Moves America Forward, the ATA and their members will re-evaluate the seriousness of the truck parking shortage and honor the work of widow Hope Rivenburg as she worked tirelessly to ensure Jason’s Law was included in MAP-21.  We remind them that it is Truckers who move America Forward, and Truckers have the right to take their federally mandated Hours-of-Service break while resting in safe and adequate parking locations.

Hope RIvenburg-Desiree Wood-Truck Parking Coalition

Hope Rivenburg-Desiree Wood- attending Final 2016 Truck Parking Coalition Meeting at OOIDA -October 5 – Grain Valley, Missouri

As part of the Call to Action, we are asking drivers, and all who care about drivers, to make the calls to the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s). MPO’s are responsible for planning metropolitan areas and this is where truck parking is the biggest problem. Currently, States have been tasked by the Federal government to do something they have never been required to do in the past, that is to create a freight plan.
Again,States must have an approved freight plan and freight network in place by December 2017 in order to continue to use their freight formula funds that were made available in FAST Act.  See Link: The FAST Act: The Freight Provisions

This is a call to action;  TELL THE MPO’s to include TRUCK PARKING in their FREIGHT PLAN


“How to Take Action on a Local Level for Truck Parking”
Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Use this link to the MPO Interactive Map to locate your State MPO contact information.



  1. Use the SAMPLE LETTER located on the MPO Interactive Map Link as a guide by using “cut and paste” and then revise the letter for your particular region and situation. You can use this link to download a PDF of the SAMPLE LETTER TO STATE AGENCIES. ( This letter is only a sample, it is not to be used verbatim, please personalize it to your situation).
    (There are phone numbers listed also if you would rather call)
  2. Send a letter, email it or make phone calls to the state agencies you have selected from the MPO Interactive Map to explain the pertinent information in a respectful manner that includes asking if “truck parking is in the freight plan” and if they are aware that “truck parking is an eligible activity for FAST Act funds and it is necessary in their region”.
  3. Identify to these agency heads in your letter or phone call that the funds “can be used on eligible projects until December 2017. After that, they can only use them if they have their freight plan in place”.  (Remember that eligible activities include truck parking and ITS type systems for information sharing and notifications).
  4. You can also help by calling State Motor Carrier Associations to make sure they understand that truck parking is an eligible project and asking them if they know “What’s in the freight plan?” for that State.
    The goal is to make certain that the agency representative comes away from the conversation with awareness that truck parking is needed and eligible for funds for their state.
  5. If possible, get involved in State and MPO area freight advisory committees.
  6. Ask the State agencies that you contact: “What have you done to improve on Jason’s Law data since the report was published”?

If they have not heard of “Jason’s Law” ask them for their email to share this these links with them.

FHWA DOT Jason’s Law

USDOT “Jason’s Law” Survey Reaffirms Nationwide Truck Parking Needs


Listen to the Replay> Solutions to Improve Truck Parking with Host Allen Smith and Guests Nicole Katsikides Deputy Director of Maryland Department of Transportation Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering and Desiree Wood President REAL Women in Trucking, Inc.


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Truck Parking Coalition proceeds to focus on parking crisis

Hope Rivenburg

Hope Rivenburg- Crusader of Jason’s Law and cornerstone for the National Truck Parking Coalition

In an effort to address the truck parking crisis, the Federal Highway Administration created the National Coalition on Truck Parking consisting of industry stakeholders.  Four events were scheduled to discuss the problems. As we approach the final meeting of 2016, we’d like to share a review and the progress of Jason’s Law and the National Truck Parking Coalitions’ goals, motives, and progress.

We would also like to share the follow up of what (RWIT) has embarked upon as a result of attending these meetings, as well as the valuable networking which occurred.  Desiree Wood, President of REALWomenInTrucking, will be attending the final meeting this year on October 5th 2016 in Grain Valley, MO. Hope Rivenburg, crusader for Jason’s law the cornerstone for the National Truck Parking Coalition, will also be attending the final meeting.

Also attending the last meeting in Dallas, Tx was Pat Hockaday of Truckers United. He posted his assessment of Truck Parking on Facebook,  which we have included in this article also. He will also be attending the Oct 5th meeting in Missouri.

First a review of Jason’s Law, Map 21, The Truck Parking Shortage, and the National Truck Parking Coalition.

Truck Parking

Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern. An inadequate supply of truck parking spaces can result in two negative consequences. First, tired truck drivers may continue to drive because they have difficulty finding a place to park for rest. Second, truck drivers may choose to park at unsafe locations, such as on the shoulder of the road, exit ramps, or vacant lots, if they are unable to locate official, available parking. Numerous public, private, academic and non-profit studies have been completed on the adequacy of truck parking, and these studies have some common findings including an expected growth in truck activity, severe shortages of parking for trucks, lack of information on truck parking opportunities, and challenges due to limited delivery windows and specific rest requirements.  Read more for the links which provide information to the programs and activities authorized that support truck parking, as well as the reports, surveys and historical information for truck parking.

Purpose  The National Coalition on Truck Parking meetings aimed at identifying solutions to truck parking issues around the nation.
It was created by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to address well documented shortage of truck parking across the nation.

Truck parking problems are a national safety concern. Studies have documented projected growth of truck traffic on the nation’s highway system, severe truck parking problems in some regions, a lack of adequate information for truck drivers about parking capacity at existing facilities, and the challenges associated with routing and delivery requirements.

With an interest in continuing the dialogue on national truck parking needs, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) formed a coalition of stakeholder organizations to help resolve truck parking problems. The four regional meetings bring together members of the coalition to identify strategies and approaches that address the parking needs of interstate truckers.

Dates and Locations:

June 8 – Salt Lake City, Utah
July 12 – Hanover, Maryland
August 26 – Dallas, Texas
October 5 – Grain Valley, Missouri

The Jason’s Law Truck Parking Survey and Comparative Assessment was conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to meet the requirements of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP- 21; P.L. 112-141) law that became effective on October 1, 2012.

In MAP-21, “Jason’s Law” was established to provide a “national priority on addressing the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System (NHS) to improve the safety of motorized and non-motorized users and for commercial motor vehicle operators.” Specifically, Jason’s Law requires the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a survey and comparative assessment in consultation with relevant State motor carrier representatives to:

  1. Evaluate the capability of [each] State to provide adequate parking and rest facilities for commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate transportation;
  2. Assess the volume of commercial motor vehicle traffic in [each] State; and
  3. Develop a system of metrics to measure the adequacy of commercial motor vehicle parking facilities in [each] State.

This work evaluated levels of truck parking demand and compared it to publicly and privately available truck parking opportunities along the National Highway System (NHS). Metrics have also been developed so that truck parking problems can be periodically evaluated. FHWA has made information available on truck parking at:


Desiree Wood of RealWomeInTrucking attending Truck Parking Coalition meeting

As a result of the National Truck Parking Coalition meeting and as one of the original 2009 advocates of Jason’s Law,Desiree Wood. founder of RWIT has created a group on Facebook to gather all who would like to seriously be a part of making positive change by addressing Truck Parking Shortage. The group is The Truck Parking Coalition

The purpose of the groups is to share truck parking news and updates as well as  review all notes from the National Truck Parking meetings. A most beneficial result so far has been the call to action to take part in notifying agencies about  laws and available funds:

How to Take Action on a Local Level for Truck Parking-
RWIT explains that we all have a voice that can help move this discussion further into our communities by taking the time to ask questions.  Request more information from state agencies by doing the following:

MPO State Listing Truck Parking


Send a letter to the agency heads informing them of the FAST Act requirements which says that each state must have an approved freight plan and freight network in place by December 2017 in order to continue to use their freight formula funds that were made available in FAST ACT. The FAST Act: The Freight Provisions    read more on how to take action

Desiree then created a template of the letter to send to state agencies.
Letter to state agency regarding FAST ACT  It is suggested to make more personal according your personal experiences.

Finally,  Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Database
to send your letter or CALL

TRUCK PARKING -A  Facebook thread by Pat Hockaday 

Pat Hockaday-Truckers United



It should be obvious to everyone that when ELD’s, E-Logs on steroids, come into play our parking problems will Only INCREASE as the variances that are currently available on E-Logs will come to an end.

Consider the impact that speed limiters will have. When we slow the trucks down how many MORE Trucks will be needed to haul the freight we currently haul?
I have been invited to attend the last Truck Parking Coalition Listening Session in Grain Valley, MO at the  OOIDA Headquarters on 10/5.

Lets get a list going per topic for me to take with me.

These are the topics for discussion;

Topic Area #1Parking Capacity Expansion
This discussion will cover the overall supply and accommodation of truck parking spaces. Key considerations for this topic include the siting and accessibility of trucking parking facilities, facility design, and the use of sites not typically used for truck parking (such as brownfield sites and weight stations) for use as potential spaces during periods of peak parking demand.

Topic Area #2Funding/Finance (Regulatory/Policy)
This topic includes the funding of facilities and technology to accommodate trucking parking. Also, regulations and policies that affect truck parking are included under this topic. Items for discussion include funding under federal transportation authorization, other potential funding sources such as public/private partnerships and incentives for new/expanded facilities. Regulatory issues and policies, such as hours of service requirements, will also be discussed under this topic.

Topic Area #3Technology/Data
Discussion for this topic includes the use of roadside ITS and in vehicle technology through smartphone apps or online resources for truck parking. Other items for this topic include leveraging truck parking data, ensuring inter-operability of technology applications, and sharing of information.

Topic Area #4 – Coordination with Regional and Local Governments
The discussion of this topic will cover coordination with regional and local governments, and community outreach to discuss the important of truck parking. On the regional level, discussions should focus on how to integrate truck parking considerations into a Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program. On a local level, this topic will address how to best communicate the need and benefits of accommodating truck parking through land use controls





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Trucker Advocacy Video Contest Winners

Truck Driver Advocacy Video Contest

Trucking Social Media Truck Driver Advocacy Video Contest

Starting in March 2016,Trucking Social Media (TSM) conducted a Truck Driver Video Advocacy Campaign, inviting all truckers to submit their video on the TSM. Videos were categorized in the Video Contest Category of TSM and were then shared through Social Media.

GOAL The media does not always accurately share the challenging circumstances which affect truck drivers. This could be because they are unaware of the truth involving much of the reality that faces professional drivers, or they only hear what “Big Industry” and/or lobbyists tell them.  This holds true for those in Congress also, who many times are surprised when they hear the “different side of the story.”  It’s up to us, the drivers, to educate everyone.

It is our goal to share the facts and reality through truck driver video regarding many of the vital issues that face the industry, specifically the issues which affect the professional driver. Another category on the TSM website is the Advocacy category.

PURPOSE of the Contest:  Because truckers continue to express their trucking industry concerns and frustration on Social Media websites, we believe the best way to reach the masses, including Congress and the general public, is through vocal expression, specifically Video.

We thank all the truckers who sent their videos for sending their strong message to share. Please continue to share their videos on Social Media. We ask you to please follow and create your own videos to share on Social Media. If you would us to help you share them, please submit your YouTube or Vimeo to us on Trucking Social Media.

We would like to thank Xypper, the game changing freight matching system for the trucking industry. Xypper sponsored the first place prize of $250.00 

Xypper App to your iPhone

Xypper Technologies

 AskTheTrucker “Live’ on Blog Talk Radio and AskTheTrucker sponsored 2nd and 3rd place winners respectively.



Toby Bogard 1st place- $250.00 Sponsored by Xypper– Freight load matching application designed to make life easier while increasing profits for Owner Operators. Upon request by Toby, Xypper will be donating $250.00 to Toby’s charity H.O.P.E. , a 501 (c) (3)

Christy Kuppler 2nd place $150.00 sponsored by AskTheTrucker ‘Live on Blog Talk Radio

Jeff Head 3rd place $100.00 sponsored by AskTheTrucker.  Upon request by Jeff, AskTheTrucker is donating his winnings to Trucker Charity, a 501 (c) (3) for truckers.

ALL contestant advocacy videos

Trucking is not all Peaches and Cream Toby Toby Bogard

Trucking Industry Rant in Driver Wages- Pay Me Hub Miles! Christy Kuppler

It Will Never Happen To Me Jeff Head

When Must Truckers Absolutely Refuse to Drive a Truck Vicki Simons

The ATA Represents truck drivers! NOT Pat Hockaday

PAY ME, When I’m at Work! Trucker Wages Smart Trucking

Truck Parking: A message to North Bend, Washington Mayor Ken Hearing Janet K. Medlock

PTAG speaks out against ELD final rule Ernesto Guitierrrez

All drivers want their voices heard about the topics concerning them within the trucking Industry. Social Media, specifically video, does just that.

Although the contest is over, we invite you to SHARE YOUR VIDEOS and continue spreading the word! Submit your video  on the  TSM website

Topics of concern for videos can include; Wages, Government, Regulations (Speed limiters,ELD’s,HOS,Sleep Apnea, etc..), Driver Health, Driver image and Behavior, Safety, CDL training, Truck Lease Scams, Detention Time, and anything trucking.

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TSG brings health, wellness, and ‘good times’ parking to GATS


TSG-GATS Health Pavilion

For the 2nd year, the Trucking Solutions Group (TSG) joins trucking’s finest to bring quality health information, products, and services to professional drivers at the

GATS Health and Wellnes Pavilion.

AUGUST 25-27, 2016 Dallas, Texas

The Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion once again combines efforts and organized partnership with the Trucking Solutions Group

The Landstar Health and Wellness Pavilion will provide free health screenings, cooking, fitness and educational demos.

The following health screenings will again be available:

6th annual Blood Drive
3rd annual Bone Marrow Donor Registration Drive
Ask a Pharmacist
Height, Weight, BMI, Blood Pressure screening
Chiropractic Assessments
Diabetes Education
Eye Acuity and Color Blindness Testing
Kidney Function Analysis
Mammogram Breast Cancer Screenings
Nutrition Screening and Advice
DOT Exams $59

The Landstar Health Pavilion Stage will provide an awesome array of cooking demonstrations, health and fitness seminars!

With topics ranging from diabetes education to food addiction, GATS attendees will be sure to take home some key health strategies and advice from this pavilion stage!

Tom Kyrk of Road Tested Living returns with his infamous cooking demos!

Tom Kyrk of Road Tested Living- Food Demos for Truck

Tom Kyrk of Road Tested Living- Food Demos for Truck


Driven to be Healthy

St. Christopher Fund Driven To Be Healthy Challenge at GATS 2016





Make It Happen USA

Rick Ash of TSG with Gals from Make It Happen USA






Les willis GATS

Les Willis of God Speed Expediters- Running the GATS 2015 Parking Lot












TSG will be  conducting their sixth annual blood drive in partnership with Carter Blood Care and their third annual bone marrow donor registry drive in partnership with Make It Happen USA.

TSG Annual Blood Drive at GATS

TSG Annual Blood Drive at GATS

Trucking Solutions Group is bringing a mobile mammogram unit to the health pavilion. Donations were collected providing mammograms for attendees of the show who do not have insurance or can not otherwise afford the screening.

New this year is sleep apnea screening with Dr. John McElligott and the St. Christopher Fund as well as DOT physicals for $59 being conducted by our new friends at AccuScreen.

Another favorite~ 5K road race out at the truck parking lot with free shuttle service to and from the convention center.

Speaking of the parking Lot,  the GATS parking lot will be “hopping”! Thank you Les Willis of Godspeed Expediters for all your hard work, making sure the parking lot will once again be an extension of the GATS excitement!

Here’s the schedule of what’s Happening in the parking lot!!

Special thanks to Sponsors One20 and Triumph Business Capital. There will be Free Beer and Bar-B-Q (Brisket & Ribs) in Truck Parking on Thursday Evening beginning at 5pm. Also the “winningest” Man in BAR-B-Q Myron Mixon will be on hand Thursday evening to sign autographs and chat it up!!  Truck Parking is at Fair Park, just follow the signs.

Available on the lot:

  • Free truck parking
  • Free RV parking (no hook-ups)
  • Free daily shuttles to and from GATS
  • On-site security
  • Showers provided by TA and Petro Stopping Centers
  • Portable restrooms
  • Smokin’ Wheelz will be providing food options for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day
  • Golf cart rentals  ( Thank you Shelle Lichti for all you do to make this happen!)

Back at the Landstar Health Pavilion Stage A new addition this year is everyone’s loved author of the book “Gut Instinct” and Health and Wellness Coach, Carolyn O’Byrne of  Carolyn will be presenting on the vital importance of your Gut Health and will be available for book signing during. There will also be a limited number of book available for sale.

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct-by Carolyn O’Byrne of Life Coach Service

Carolyn O'byrne

Author of “Gut Instinct” Carolyne O’byrne of

Schedules for the Landstar Health Pavilion Stage

MORE information Links!!

Health Pavilion            Truck Parking Lot        Truck Parking Shuttle Service

Progressive Fit for the Road 5K                         General Information

Recruiting Pavilion                 Showers              Registation          Concert

Health Pavilion at GATS 2016 focuses on Trucker Wellness

Listen to Rick Ash and Les Willis talk about all that’s going on at GATS


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REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. to Host Inaugural Lady Truck Driver Conference Cruise


PRESS RELEASE for immediate release

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo


Lady Truck Driver Conference Cruise

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. to Host Inaugural Lady Truck Driver Conference Cruise


REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. to Host

Inaugural Lady Truck Driver Conference Cruise

Queen of the Road on the High Seas


LAKE WORTH, Fla. (August 16, 2016) – REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. (RWIT) is hosting a conference aboard the Carnival Conquest to unite and honor women in the truck driving industry. The “Queen of the Road on the High Seas” conference, taking place Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1, 2017, will include education sessions on a broad range of topics, including personal safety, discrimination, sexual harassment, and driver health. The agenda also includes a driver advocacy forum, a lady truck driver roundtable and an awards ceremony recognizing women who have overcome obstacles in the truck driving industry. The six-night cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale for the Eastern Caribbean with stops at Grand Turk, Dominican Republic and Nassau.

The conference will provide tools for truck drivers while advancing a voice for RWIT and its members. The sessions will include information on improving technical skills for drivers, promoting advocacy through social media, transitioning company drivers to owner-operator, and much more. A forum of truck driver advocates will also discuss issues that affect the industry. Notable speakers include Allen Smith, host of ‘Ask the Trucker;’ Anne Balay, published author of Steel Closets: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Steelworkers, a former truck driver, and writer of a recent op-ed published in The New York Times “Long-Haul Sweatshops;” and Christine Gray, Becca Kennedy and Shannon Morris, truck drivers, and advocates for the safety and success of women truck drivers.

All interested drivers, professionals within the truck driving industry, and others who encourage and support women truck drivers are invited. Families or significant others are also welcome. The conference schedule has been planned to allow plenty of leisure time to enjoy cruise activities. For those interested in supporting this important event, sponsorship opportunities are available at five levels with details provided at RWIT Lady Truck Driver Conference.

Nominations for outstanding female truck drivers, the “Queen of the Road” awards, are welcome. Awards will be presented to three outstanding women who have demonstrated dedication and tenacity in their efforts to become professional commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators. Nominees must either be past or present CMV drivers that fit the R.E.A.L. criteria, which stands for Reaching Out, Encouraging Others, Achieving Personal Success and Leadership. Nominations will be accepted beginning Thursday, September 1 with a deadline of Monday, November 7, 2016.

“This conference is important to our efforts of ‘breaking the silence’ about the treatment of women in the trucking industry.” said Desiree Wood, one of RWIT’s founders. “At the conference, we hope to provide the tools women need to be more successful in their chosen field.  Along with information sessions, participants will have the opportunity to network with fellow drivers. Learning from one another and unifying on important issues is one of our primary goals.”

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. to Host Inaugural Lady Truck Driver Conference Cruise

RWIT was initially formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(6) membership organization

RWIT was initially formed in 2010 as a 501(c)(6) membership organization by female truckers to protest poor conditions that were not being effectively addressed by the trucking industry. “Queen of the Road on the High Seas” is the organization’s first fundraising event. Proceeds will help establish a 501(c)(3) foundation which will provide a headquarters and facilities with modest truck parking availability for members, scheduled learning conferences and advanced training for entry-level driver training students to develop their skills.

For more information, contact Desiree Wood at 561-232-9170 or, or visit Follow RWIT on Twitter: @womentruckers.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo



– RWIT –

About REAL Women in Trucking, Inc.:

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. promotes safety by educating the public about unsafe truck driver training and has created a network of support for women entering trucking. The mission of REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. is to deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education and advocacy.

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Governed by the Clock- Paid by the Clock


Governed by the Clock- Paid by the Clock

If Employee Drivers wages go up, the rest of us will benefit with a higher labor rate.

Pat Hockaday-Truckers United


Trucker Wages- A misleading fact is that since company truckers are only paid when producing pieces,  Employee Drivers are led to believe that they are only At Work when they are producing pieces.
Wrong, their time is governed the entire time, they are NOT on Personal Time!
They are AT Work/Working the entire time-Not on Personal Time and they have agreed to be paid piece work wages that cover All Time spent “AT Work/Working.”

Drivers want more time (hours) to produce pieces which in effect floods the market with capacity thereby minimizing their pay.

Solution, Governed by the Clock, Paid by the Clock.

The trailer can not be loaded until it is unloaded and this cycle is endless. Therefore  loading/unloading is a job duty that must be preformed in order to continue the revenue stream of completing the job so as to start another job.

Drivers have flooded the market with available working hours, to the content of the carriers, by logging detention time as “Off Duty”.
A flooded market is a CHEAP Market due to supply and demand.

I would like to see all time spent being detained logged “On Duty Not Driving” as that was the original intent of Part 395.2 as the Driver is in readiness to preform work WHILE being detained.

Piece work wages for Employee Drivers actually pay these Drivers for their detention time as the Drivers agreed at the time of their employment to be paid by the mile, by weight or by percentage.

The 14hr rule prevents Employee Drivers from utilizing needed time to produce pieces when they are detained by shippers/receivers.
I would also suggest that regulatory detention and company forced detention prevent drivers from using their time to earn as well.

The Drivers time has been sold to the employer in return for the possibility of producing pieces and now that the regulations have caused the Drivers to work within a more stringent window, the Drivers have realized that they are not being paid enough for the time spent AT Work/Working.
WAITING is a job duty that must be preformed while being AT Work!

If the driver is AT work, then he ought to be PAID for being at work!
It’s either ONE or the OTHER, not switching back and forth to suit the situation.!
Dave reviews the issue.

PAY ME, When I’m at Work! Trucker Wages

The obvious solution is to offset lost production time with detention time.
Why only go after detention time spent at shippers/receivers?
The regulations prescribe the job duties that must be preformed such as the 10hr and 30min breaks.
An Employee Driver may be dispatched to go and wait for a day before loading or offloading.
Isn’t the Driver following the directions of the supervisor by doing so?
Isn’t the Driver being detained for a day prior to loading/offloading?

Again, most Employee Drivers have sold a week of their time in order to earn one day off. In the U.S., they may claim the per diem tax right off for each day that they are AT Work, Not At Home

Once again, the Solution is; Governed by the Clock, Paid by the Clock.

When the Employee Drivers are paid a fair and decent wage for their 24hr work days that may be within a multiple day or week work shift, the employers will have no choice but to charge those abusing the Drivers Time a higher rate to cover the cost of labor.

If Employee Drivers wages go up, the rest of us will benefit with a higher labor rate.
JoJo’s Paper

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ELD Mandate DOES affect ALL drivers


The ELD Mandate Appears to Affect Only the Few BUT Actually Affects US ALL!!

Truck ELD

ELD’s DO NOT keep truckers from working more that 70 hours/week

Concerning ELD’s and OOIDA’s court battle against the FMCSA, I think we need to break things down to better understand the nature of the issue.

ANALYSIS: FMCSA’s reply brief in ELD lawsuit a mixed message on driver privacy



Basically there are 4 groups of Drivers.
1-Company Drivers
2-Lease Purchase Drivers
3-Owner Operators (equipment owners leased to a carrier)
4-Independents, who are actually one truck carriers.


While OOIDA represents ALL  Truck Drivers, I feel that, on the surface, this court case pertains to the Independents more so than the rest of us.

Should an Independent have to monitor themselves? An Independent has a lot invested in equipment. They also must maintain records and all other documentation in order to have their own authority as they are subject to scrutiny at any moment by FMCSA. These Drivers have a lot on the table that could easily be lost if they don’t manage their business properly or if they gamble with the regulations. Personally, I believe that Independents have too much to lose and that burdening them with ELD’s is unnecessary.

 Company Drivers have no say whether their truck will be equipped with an ELD as it is up to the carrier to decide. I personally believe that Employee OTR Drivers are AT Work / Working the entire time that they are stationed to the truck UNLESS they have requested and have been granted personal time off. I believe that these Drivers should be paid 24/7 while they are AT Work / Working.
As these employees are AT Work, these employees should have the right to privacy no different than any other employee who is AT Work. Cameras are not allowed in bathrooms or clothes changing rooms for example. ELD’s and rear facing cameras that monitor and supervise the employee verify the fact that they are AT Work. After all, the employer does Not Monitor and Supervise the Employees When THEY ARE AT HOME!!!!
When they are AT Work, employees may be granted liberties so that they may continue to work. When employees are Not AT Work, they have the freedom to do as they please to a degree.

Understand, this job even follows Drivers home as we may not work for pay without reporting the hours we worked on our Drivers log book. The carrier expects their employees to have Available Working Hours upon returning back to work. Having these expectations asserts a degree of control over the Employees Personal Time. What other Semi Skilled Professional is penalized for having a part time job?

Pat Hockaday-Truckers United


 Lease Purchase Drivers Not meaning any disrespect, Lease Purchase Drivers are Employee Drivers who are renting a truck from the carrier. The carrier will decide if they will have an ELD or other monitoring device in the carriers truck.

Owner Operators, such as myself, own the equipment that is leased to a carrier and works under the carriers authority. Again, the carrier will dictate whether or not an ELD is to be used and it makes sense that they will utilize ELD’s as a management tool. I have grown to accept that I will be required to use an ELD as the carrier I am leased to has the operating authority that I work under. They are responsible for maintaining my log book records and an ELD makes it easier for them to do so as well as track my mileage for IFTA.
There are other advantages for the carrier as well.It’s my choice whether or not to stay an OO or to move up to being an Independent Owner Operator.

Independent Driver – If I were an Independent, operating under my own authority, I would utilize an ELD for the same reasons that carriers use them. I already know and understand that I am AT Work / Working when I am anywhere USA in the truck in order to earn a living so an ELD only becomes another obstacle to work around no different than traffic. The truck needs oil, diesel, and fuel to operate and the Driver is no different.Proper maintenance of both the Driver and the truck is crucial to the customer and for public safety.

Personal Conveyance Rules – I do believe that personal conveyance rules no longer apply as there is no such thing as “Personal” if you are being surveilled 24/7. These rules need to be modified so as to allow ALL Drivers to use the truck for commuting such as to the grocery store or between work place and resting place without penalty.I fully understand why single truck owners who have their own authority do not want or feel that they need these monitoring devices. These Drivers work for themselves and are responsible for themselves and their clients. They also must answer to the FMCSA in audits and during inspections.These Drivers have too much to lose by gambling with safety. If anyone has skin in the game, these drivers do.

Should We ALL Back OOIDA’s case against ELD’s? I believe so. I fully back OOIDA in their efforts as this is a precedent setting case. If a line is not drawn in the sand, what will come next?? I have already been made aware of watches and other body monitoring devises that are supposed to monitor the driver for fatigue. There are sensors for the seats and the beds as well as rear facing cameras that are capable of monitoring eye movement for fatigue. While I don’t like the thought of all of this invasive monitoring, I am at the pleasure of the carrier I am leased to.

If OOIDA loses this case what may we expect to come in the future? If OOIDA loses this case what precedent will be established that may affect other industries and possibly even our personal lives? So what are WE to do about all of these monitoring devices?

I think we start with the Employee OTR Drivers. We need to ensure that these Drivers are Properly Paid for ALL Time that they are being monitored and supervised while they are stationed to a truck anywhere USA. They must be ready, willing and AVAILABLE to perform the duties of the job as prescribed in the FMCSR’s while following company policy to be eligible to be paid for their time, otherwise I would consider them to be Unavailable and they should go unpaid.
An Employee OTR Driver who refuses dispatch would in effect be Unavailable for example. Paying Employee OTR Drivers for ALL Time would put an end to these Drivers being forced to work for free as they would automatically be paid for:

1. Detention time while servicing the carriers customers at the shippers and receivers
2. Company forced detention time such as waiting for dispatch or for being detained for hours or days until they may load or offload

3. Regulatory detention as the FMCSR’s require a ten hour and a thirty minute break in which the Driver may not work as required by the regulations for which the Drivermay be terminated for NOT Being In Compliance With.

Tell me of any other job where the employee may be fired for NOT Taking A BREAK?
Furthermore, an Employ Driver that is being paid for “All Time” would have no need to operate unsafely or out of compliance.

 What about “lazy truck drivers”?

The ELD Knows All That The Driver Does and terminating lazy unproductive drivers will be an option to the carriers. The Employee Drivers incentive to do a good job will be no different than any other employee, a good paying job and JOB SECURITY.

By paying Employee Drivers for ALL TIME we will put an end to Cost Effective Inefficiencies. Filling seats thereby flooding the market with capacity that Drives

Freight Rates Down holds ALL of US BACK!

Rip Off lease purchase programs that place Cheap Capacity into the market will decline or come to an end as hungry Employee Drivers would not need to fall for these scams hoping to earn more.

As the Employee OTR Driver would be earning a fair wage fitting the job, enticing a company Driver with a new truck and then not giving them the miles they need to pay for it would come to an end.

Many speculate that ELD’s will increase Drivers wages. I don’t believe so because as long as there is a Cheap Labor force willing to be manipulated into WORKING for FREE, lost capacity due to ELD’s will quickly be replaced by units filled with Employee Drivers who are paid “When the Wheels Are Turning”.


Regulations are easy to implement as the cost is minimal due to CHEAP LABOR!
Safety Comes At A Price that “We The Drivers” are paying in Lost Wages due to affordable regulations. For most, the pay is unfit for the JOB of being AT Work unable to enjoy the Freedoms that a Job Should Afford an OTR Driver!

 I have No Problem with single truck owners operating under their own authority to be exempt from ELD’s, but for the rest of US, we need to make “These Boxes Work For US!”

Pat Hockaday (JoJo)

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Attorneys discuss live 3.1M sex discrimination case


Attorneys discuss live 3.1M sex discrimination case

June 30, 2016 Thursday 6:00 pm Eastern
Listen on your phone (646) 200-0616 or via the Link
“Discrimination is not the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking”



Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Cente

Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center

Discrimination appears in many forms and can affect numerous types of people. The most cunning type however is the when a discriminatory action professes to protect those who are being discriminated against. This was the case with  female truck driver, Deanna Roberts Clouse who felt because she was a woman, she was being discriminated against by New Prime, Inc’s truck driver training program.

Deanna  Clouse contacted  Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center who filed a discrimination charge.  The  lawsuit became part of a Class Action against Prime with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC) and Attorney Taylor.

A federal district court judge found that Springfield-based Prime Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by having a policy where only men could train men as truck drivers, and only women were allowed to train women.   Their reasoning  Prime contended they was “it put the policy in place in order to protect female applicants.” Prime had lost a 2003 Sexual Harassment case with the EEOC and in 2004 placed their “Only Men can train men and only women can train women”


In May of 2016 EEOC Press Release  announced   “Prime, Inc. to Pay Over $3 Million After Court Ruled it Used Discriminatory Hiring Practices”

Trucking Giant’s Same-Sex Trainer Policy Kept Women Drivers Out of Jobs, Federal Agency Charged

Prime agreed to pay $250,000 to Clouse to resolve her claims and Prime agreed via consent decree to pay over $2.8 million in lost wages and damages for 63 other women who were denied job opportunity.

“Andrea G. Baran, regional attorney of EEOC’s St. Louis District, said, “When women break into male-dominated fields, they are often trained by men. We should not expect that these women will be sexually harassed. It is disrespectful to men everywhere to assume that they will harass women if they work together in close quarters. Rather, employers have a responsibility to adopt strict anti-harassment policies and practices and enforce them so that all employees – regardless of sex – can work and succeed together.”

EEOC St. Louis District Director James R. Neely, Jr. added, “Being male or female is not relevant to whether a person can be a good truck driver. While the trucking industry was desperately looking for drivers, Prime locked women out of their workforce rather than focus its efforts on preventing sexual harassment. Moving forward, we hope that Prime will respect the court’s injunction and provide equal opportunities to all applicants, without respect to sex.”

A new lesson in hiring from the EEOC: You can’t get away with discriminating against a specific group of applicants by improperly structuring your training program.

Join the Women Truckesr Network as they bring the lawyers responsible for winning this case on the air.

Paul Taylor – Truckers Justice Center – Plaintiff’s Attorney

Dayna Deck – EEOC Senor Trial Attorney

Jan Shelly – EEOC Senior Trial Attorney

Do you agree with the verdict? Was Prime right in their policy of “Men train men and women train women”  or is there a deeper problem that is being covered up?

June 30, 2016 Thursday 6:00 pm Eastern
Listen on your phone (646) 200-0616 or via the Link

Discrimination is not the Solution to Sex Harassment in Trucking


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Improving Trucker “Gut Instinct”


Improving Trucker “Gut Instinct”

Carolyn O'byrne

Author of “Gut Instinct” Carolyne O’Byrne of Life Coach Service

Gut Instinct: Transform your life and health with the power of your gut

So many drivers endure the numerous sacrifices of over the road trucking. Their lives include living for days, weeks, and sometimes months in a confined space without the  comforts that we all take for granted.  Besides being without” comforts”, even the most basic needs of life are sometimes more difficult to access and maintain.

Two of the most basic and vital needs for survival are Sleep and Food.

Every truck driver knows that sleep is something that’s not easy to come by when you’re running OTR, especially with the irregular schedules, waiting times, unpredictable circumstances, and the all important Truck Parking Shortage.
Today though we will talk about the other basic need – FOOD!!

Food as it relates to Health- Eating does not mean Nutritious

How the need for the book “Gut Instinct” all began

Gut Instinct

Gut Instinct-by Carolyn O’Byrne of Life Coach Service

Carolyn O’Byrne of Life Coach Service has been a part of the trucking industry for almost 20 years.  As the wife of an over-the-road truck driver, she and her husband have been associated with the trucking industry since 1999. In that time, she’s seen and experienced the very unique issues which affect professional drivers and the people in their lives.

One of those issues is poor health of professional drivers, and she has seen plenty throughout  the years; diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, respiratory disorders, digestive problems, cancer and more.
Because of the Trucker Lifestyle, these illnesses are  greater for truckers than in many other professions. These illnesses added to the difficult trucker lifestyle, along with her own personal near death experience, has led to the her book…

“Gut Instinct- Transform your life and health with the power of your gut”

As  mentioned, the major reason drivers have such poor health is their lifestyle, which often includes poor eating habits. Because of the nature of the trucking profession, having “healthy” food on hand or readily accessible is considered a luxury. Not only is there limited space in the truck, but time, parking availability, and tight schedules make it much more difficult to access. I said difficult…. NOT impossible.

So drivers are accustomed to stopping off at truck stops, grabbing fast food, chips, coffee, snacks, soda… anything to remedy the hunger, often without thought of what the food is made of…. and doing to them.

The result is poor nutrition, eating food which is often down right harmful, and many times contributing to disease and poor health.

Carolyn’s book,”Gut Instinct”, doesn’t just tell you what and what not to eat, but rather it shares how foods affect your entire bodily system…. starting with the most important part, your Gut.
After you understand the “what and why”, the book goes on to help you with the”how and where” to do and go in order to move forward toward a better and healthier life.

Here are  just a few highlights covered in the book”Gut Instinct”

  • How your gut affects your entire health and immune system
  • What kind of foods are creating a greater risk for disease?
  • How Processed foods are killing us!
  • How you can eat 5000 calories/day and still be malnourished
  • The most common factors to be aware of in order to maintain good gut health
  • What are the major causes of “leaky gut syndrome” which is leading to sickness and autoimmune disease?
  • How can antibiotics many times do more harm than good.
  • How does your gut affect your emotional state?
  • How you can eat Healthy in a Truck…. whether you cook or not…Recipes included!!
  • What are  Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s) and how they’re destroying our immune system! ( GMO’s are banned in most other countries!)
  • The myth accepted about eating “plenty of whole grains”
  • The #1 Food that cancer thrives on…. Stop eating it!
  • Natural cures and remedies!

Gut Instinct is available in both hard copy and a downloadable version on Life Coach Service website


Between June 22, 2016 and July 6, 2016, (2 weeks.) leave a review for “Gut Instinct”  on Amazon and be automatically entered  in the drawing for a Kindle Fire.
IF the book gets 60 reviews,  you will also receive a COVER for your kindle.  So get out there and tell your friends.  Let’s see who wins!

Carolyn will be a guest on AskTheTrucker Live Thursday 6-23-16 6PM to discuss her book and answer any health questions you may have.
Listen from your phone 347-826-9170 or via the player below.

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Why New York Chiropractors can’t perform DOT medical exams


Chiropractic Chiropractors in New York were NEVER permitted to perform DOT Physicals.

Why NY Chiropractors Can’t Perform DOT Physical Exams

There is a lot of talk and a lot of angry sentiment surrounding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) decertification of all chiropractors licensed in the state of New York.

Chiropractors around the nation are complaining.  The Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) has called its members to bombard the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) with phone calls, emails and letters to complain.  CMV drivers are upset.  There is a lot of misinformation and rumors floating around.  People are furious with FMCSA.

Related Post FMCSA removes New York chiropractors from trucker medical examiner registry


National Registry Certified Medical Examiners

Is their anger focused on the right organization? What is really happening?  Why are chiropractors licensed in New York decertified from the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry)?  Is it FMCSA’s fault? If not, then who is responsible?  Does FMCSA have a vendetta against chiropractors?

Before getting too upset with FMCSA and before spreading the rumors, it is important that you understand the full picture. The following paragraphs answer the questions above, explain the actions of the New York Chiropractic Board and FMCSA’s response to the Board’s action.

FMCSA and the National Registry

To become a Medical Examiner on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry) a health care provider must:

  • Be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations to perform physical examinations
  • Complete required training
  • Pass the Medical Examiner certification test
  • Maintain certification by completing periodic training every five years and recertify by passing the ME certification exam every 10 years

FMCSA doesn’t decide whether the health care professional can perform physical examinations. The State Board that issues health care professional’s license makes the determination and calls it the “scope of practice.”

The New York Board of Chiropractic

Federation of chiropractic licensing boards

In New York, The Office of Professions, State Board of Chiropractic determines the scope of practice for chiropractors licensed in their state.

I talked to a representative of this State Board on June 14, 2016.  According to him, chiropractors in New York were NEVER permitted to perform the type of physical examination required to determine a bus or truck driver’s physical qualification to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce.

So, once the Board learned that licensed chiropractors were listed on the National Registry, the Board itself took action.  They sent cease and desist letters to all the New York licensed chiropractors listed on the National Registry. These letters told the chiropractors to stop performing DOT examinations because it isn’t included in their scope of practice defined by the state of New York.   By working outside of their defined scope of practice, the New York chiropractors were performing the exams illegally.

Chiropractors aren’t the only ones who must follow their Board’s determinations.  ALL medical professionals must conform to the scope of practice defined by the state board that governs them.  Even though their state may not permit something that another state allows.

Anger toward FMCSA

FMCSA cannot list practitioners whose scope doesn’t include conducting the DOT physical. So FMCSA had to decertify the New York chiropractors. Makes sense, right? What doesn’t make sense, to me, is being angry with FMCSA for the New York State Board of Chiropractic’s decision.

I think the anger toward FMCSA is misplaced. To be upset with FMCSA and to send letters, emails and make phone calls harasses the FMCSA staff who have no control over the situation.

It isn’t FMCSA’s fault!

FMCSA was complying with their own definition of Medical Examiner and the New York Board of Chiropractic Medicine’s determination. The very definition of an FMCSA Medical Examiner is “a person who is licensed, certified and/or registered, in accordance with applicable state laws to preform physical examination.”  This means the scope of practice defined by the state must include performing the the type of physical examination required by FMCSA.  In New York the scope of practice doesn’t include conducting this type of examination. The full text of FMCSA’s definition from the Code of Federal Regulations is below.

49 CFR 390.5)

Medical examiner means the following:

(1) For medical examinations conducted before May 21, 2014, a person who is licensed, certified, and/or registered, in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations, to perform physical examinations. The term includes but is not limited to, doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and doctors of chiropractic.

(2) For medical examinations conducted on and after May 21, 2014, an individual certified by FMCSA and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners in accordance with subpart D of this part.

Since this means that the person performing the physical examination must be permitted by the    scope of practice to do the examination. Is it FMCSA’s fault the chiropractors are removed form the National Registry?  NO.  Does this demonstrate that FMCSA had a vendetta against chiropractors?  Absolutely not.

There is a questions to ask now FMCSA, however—
1)Why were the New York chiropractors ever permitted to be on the National Registry, if their scope of practice forbade them conducting the DOT examinations?
2) What about the CMV drivers who had examinations performed by the chiropractors before they were removed from the National Registry? Are those driver  examinations valid?

New York State Board for Chiropractic

If you want to contact FMCSA write or email about the two questions above. If you want to get involved in the New York State Board of Chiropractic decision making, you should write to them about their decision. 

by Elaine Papp of Health and Safety Works, LLC


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