Sleep apnea, recordkeeping and hours of service are some of the topics that Anne Ferro, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be discussing with truckers and hearing from them as she keynotes the 2014 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show at the Peoria Civic Center. Ferro will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 31.
Sleep apnea, recordkeeping and hours of service are some of the topics that Anne Ferro, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be discussing with truckers and hearing from them as she keynotes the 2014 Mid-West Truck and Trailer Show at the Peoria Civic Center. Ferro will speak at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 31.

PEORIA, Ill. — Hours of service. Electronic logbooks. Sleep apnea.

Truck owners and operators and people working in the trucking industry may have heard guesses and opinions about how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will regulate issues connected to the nation’s big trucks and their drivers.

At 8:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Peoria Civic Center, those issues and others will play in Peoria when Anne Ferro, administrator of that federal agency, addresses the Midwest Truck and Trailer Show.

“This is perfect timing because there are so many issues out there affecting truck operators. We have controversy regarding hours of service, waiting for regulations to come down on electronic logs and new regulations regarding sleep apnea. This gives people involved in the trucking industry the perfect opportunity to bring those issues up,” said Don Schaefer, executive vice president of the Midwest Truckers Association.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Peoria Civic Center.

In addition to Ferro’s presentation, the show also has breakout presentations on priority issues for truck owners and operators.

“We’ve got tons of breakout sessions, including a session on Obamacare and how it affects small businesses, then a session on sleep apnea and regulations, updates on all of the regulations affecting truckers, including a session on the legal issues that truck owners and operators are having to deal with now, all of the legal issues that can impact them in any way,” Schaefer said.

Beakouts also include sessions on documentation and recordkeeping for audits, drug and alcohol testing, a Commercial Driver’s License program update, how trucking can impact truck enforcement and a state and federal truck regulation update.

Schaefer said the exhibitor list has expanded from last year, with showgoers’ calls for more equipment and more big rigs being answered.

“We’re really pretty much sold out with exhibitors, and we’ve got a lot of new exhibitors this year — more big equipment coming this year. It must be a sign the economy is picking up because the response from exhibitors has been excellent,” he said.

The show offers more than a chance to see what’s new and kick the tires, it also will offer a chance for procrastinating CDL holders to get right with the law.

“Anybody who has a CDL is supposed to go in by Jan. 30 and make their declaration and show their medical card at a secretary of state office. If they don’t do it, they lose their CDL privileges. The truck show starts the next day and the secretary of state will be at the show on Friday and Saturday. They will certify the drivers’ medical certificates tied to their CDLs,” Schaefer said.

If the only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys, then the trucker pinewood derby is the place to be at the show on Saturday.

“On the fun side, we’re having the trucker pinewood derby, with the pinewood derby trucks on the track. We had an overwhelming response from last year to bring that back. People are building their pinewood trucks and painting them to look just like their actual trucks,” Schaefer said.

This year’s derby, with finals on Saturday afternoon, has close to 40 entries.

Chrome polish, Armorall and other secrets to a shiny truck complexion will be in use prior to the Truckers Pride beauty contest, where show and working trucks compete for honors. The award ceremony for the contest takes place at 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Admission to the show is free with tickets available at exhibitors and truck stops and online at www.midwesttruckers.com . Admission also is free with the Midwest Truck and Trailer Show advertisement in the Illinois AgriNews.