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