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Join us tonight as we chat with the future of Triathlons with African Americans....IABT Junior Triathletes. These young, inspiring and encouraging youth have been TRI-ing for a few years now and they are here to share their secrets with the rest of the world. IABT hopes this broadcast encourage other youth, families and adults to get involved and TRI themselves.
Saturday August 22nd 2015 6PM ET
Tonight is a very solemn topic for truckers, Suicide by Truck, discussing the horrible incidents of pedestrians and four-wheelers, who choose speeding trucks as an instrument of their suicide Although the subject matter is not uncommon among veteran drivers, it's not often a preferred topic of discussion in the chat rooms.
A truck driver whose truck has been randomly chosen as the means to anothers' end, may silently struggle for years with the horrific guilt and graphic memories of the incident.
Our guest tonight on AskTheTrucker Live is Carolyn Magner Mason, special contributor for Overdrive Magazine.
Carolyn has recently written the eerily popular “Suicide by Truck” 4 part series for Overdrive Magazine.
Video of 'Suicide by truck' on I-35E in Texas caught on owner-operator's dashcam.
Call in tonight and share your thoughts about this topic, whether it be an opinion, or your own personal experience or even near experience of "Suicide by Truck".
Trucking Open Forum - Special Alert to discuss Transportation Bill Amendment
Special Show Alert Tuesday 11/17/15
6PM ET Call in 347-826-9170
The House Transportation bill has an amendment, which, if approved in the final version of the House and Senate Transportation bill, could be damaging regarding wages of professional drivers. It's called the Denham Amendment 114-21.
Last week the Truth About Trucking network set out an all out campaign to bring awareness to this harmful amendment.
Listen to Saturdays Denham Amendment segment on AskTheTrucker "Live' here
We have been joined by many, including TruckersUnited.org, the Professional Truckers Association Group, and thousands of drivers throughout the country. But still many are confused as to what the repercussions affecting drivers will be.
Today, OOIDA announced their strong opposition to the Denham Amendment sending a call to action to their members, claiming it would unravel mandated fair-pay for drivers and would empower large carriers to further reduce driver wages. THey also said that It would also gut the ability for states to address critical items like payment for detention time, safety training and medical examinations or other costs associated with licensing procedures.
Tonight we have an additional to our regularly scheduled show to discuss the Denham Amendment and further explain what it would mean to professional drivers if added to the final version of the Transportation bill.
Sat11-14-15 6PM ET 347-826-9170
2 crucial topics-professional drivers need to be aware
Mikes Law- A gun law which would allow professional drivers to have a Federal Gun Permit, which would override state reciprocity laws, thus allowing legal gun carry in all 48 states.
The Denham Amendment, which was slipped in to the House of Representatives Transportation Bill and could have detrimental repercussions on the wages of Professional Drivers.
Our 1st guest will be James Lamb of the Small business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) who introduced Mikes Law in July of 2014, after the tragic death of professional driver Michael Boeglin was shot and killed while waiting to load.
Mike’s Law bill for Americans working in interstate commerce, protects and promotes the Second and Fourteenth Amendment Rights of Americans working in interstate commerce, allowing them to be able to carry firearms for self protection nationwide.
Our 2nd guest will be Aashish Desai of the Desai Law Firm. An attorney and advocate, Mr Desai represents thousands of truck drivers in wage disputes and will explain the repercussions of the Denham Amendment which crept into the U.S. House Transportation bill, passed Nov 4th.
The Denham Amendment, introduced by Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA), introduced legislation which could substantially reduce the amount truckers are compensated for all time & eliminate their right to take breaks under the laws of their state.
TOPIC: Suspension of the July 2013 Hours of Service Changes
The Women Truckers Network Discusses "The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015" which was enacted on December 16, 2014, suspending enforcement of requirements for use of the 34-hour restart as it was defined in July 2013. The sudden change left many drivers confused about what components were included, AND left out of the "deal" made by the American Trucking Association (ATA) lobby group and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME).
While overall, truck drivers are in favor of the mandates that were enacted in the 2013 restart, clarification to the people these federal regulations affect remained cloudy. Where did the number 82 come from? IS the 30 minute break part of this decision? What happens if you are stopped by the DOT and they have not been advised of the change?
The WTN shares 1st hand experiences with the restart and other observations on protecting yourself during the transition while awaiting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to publish the new rules. This podcast recording was created prior to the FMCSA posting a final rule. You can now locate them on the internet using this link: Summary of Hours of Service Regulations
Thursday Nov 5th 6PM ET 347-826-9170
Owner Operators CAN Afford Private Health Insurance
The lifestyle of the professional driver has led to many illnesses over the years, no one disputes that.
A main concern and challenge for many drivers, and a major reason for not taking care of their health, is the exorbitant cost for Health Care Coverage. So what do they do? They go without.
Many Owner Operators have attempted to take advantage of tax credits, reduced cost health insurance, only to be misinformed and rejected, often told they did not qualify for a reduced rate, when in fact they most definitely did!
Tonight we will explain why this happens and how to avoid this path.
Our guest tonight, Trey Walker from PayPlans & Benefits, will explain how Owner Operators CAN afford and obtain full Private Health Insurance with low deductibles and low co-pays, most often for under $100.00/month, This includes those who have been previously told that they did not qualify for a tax credit.
Mr Walker will also share with us how and why he has personally guided many drivers onto the correct path in order to obtain the affordable health care they need, without needing to go through the maze of the government website.
Unlike others, PayPlans & Benefits is unique to the trucking industry as they use their own software and are licensed in all 48 states. This means you are never directed to someone else and you always have customer service.
In other words, You start with PayPlans & Benefits and end with PayPlans & Benefits.
Guest: Lynda Maschek
Dealing with life and body changes as a "Over the Road" trucker while contending with dictated federal regulations on sleep breaks makes it a challenge to get enough rest during designated rest periods.
These health tips for lady drivers who are going through Menopause help to educate us on taking better care of our health.
Thursday Oct 29th 6PM ET Sick or Hurt over the road -What do you do?
Professional Drivers face many obstacles, one of them being ill or injured while traveling far from home and even hundreds of miles from a care facility. What do they do?
FMCSA Introduces Driver Wellness Programs
Last month the FMCSA announced a joint meeting of its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) and Medical Review Board (MRB) Together, the MCSAC and MRB worked to identify concepts the Agency and stakeholders should consider in relation to the issue of health and wellness of drivers of commercial motor vehicles and the establishment of a driver wellness initiative, a non-regulatory public-private partnership of stakeholders to improve drivers' health
The FMCSA allowed public comments as well as written comments via the portal. Truth About Trucking/AskTheTrucker sent in their concerns regarding the agency’s involvement with Driver Wellness, stating they must understand the challenges that drivers face in order to accurately address and give suggestion to driver wellness.
One of the 6 major concerns mentioned in their submitted comment was “ What happened If a driver becomes ill while over the road”
Tonight Donna Smith of Truck Driver Health and her co-host Tom Kyrk of Road Tested Living will discuss this challenge and the available options drivers have.
We want to know! What you do if you become sick or injured while driving OTR.
To ask a question or make a comment call in!!
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