Fifteen Republican governors are asking the federal government to relax some trucking regulations in response to current supply chain issues.

Tennessee Governor and Chairman of the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee, Bill Lee, Monday announced “Operation Open Road,” which seeks to have some regulations suspended. Fourteen other Republican governors signed the request, and with Lee pledged to take action at the state level to assist the trucking industry.

Operation Open Road asks the federal government to:

Governors signing onto Operation Open Road also committed to using their authorities where possible to: 

Aside from Tennessee, the other 14 states agreeing to Operation Open Road include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. 

Free Thanksgiving meal for CDL holders

The tradition continues.

The Boise Stage Stop in Idaho will once again provide folks holding CDLs with a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

This will be the 17th year the popular restaurant and truck stop will hold its annual Trucker Appreciation event.

The Stage Stop is located at 23801 S. Orchard Acess Road in Boise.

Colorado survey seeks mountain driving experience data

The Colorado Department of Transportation is surveying truckers about their experience driving in the mountains.

“Our data shows that about 90% of runaway trucks and hot brakes occur from drivers with a CDL outside of Colorado and little mountain driving experience,” said Craig Hurst, manager of the freight department at the Colorado DOT. 

The CDOT survey asks drivers for their experience level, type of employment, and familiarity levels when it comes to mountain driving. There are questions about what types of signage haulers prefer, too, for runaway exits. 

Take the survey.

The survey comes in the wake of an April 2019 crash on Interstate 70 near Denver in which four people died and six others were injured. The crash occurred when a tractor-trailer lost control of his truck and slammed into traffic stopped for a previous accident.

The driver of the truck was found guilty last month on numerous counts, including four counts of vehicular homicide.