Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

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For Immediate Release

Trucking industry sees pros and cons from House appropriations bill

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanks those members of the U.S. House of Representatives that showed support for certain trucking-related amendments to H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act.

There were three amendments passed by voice vote that the Association supported, however, to our great disappointment, an amendment to delay the electronic logging device mandate did not pass.

Two of the three amendments that passed would prevent federal funding being used to toll certain interstates in Washington, Oregon and Pennsylvania. The Association contends that tolling decreases overall highway safety by diverting traffic and is not the solution to infrastructure needs.

The third amendment passed would prevent the use of federal funds to finalize a notice of proposed rulemaking to require speed limiting devices on trucks. OOIDA strongly opposes efforts to mandate speed limiters.

“We thank Representatives Jaime Herrera-Beutler, Glenn Thompson and Mike Kelly for their efforts in getting the tolling related amendments passed,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA.

“We also want to thank Representatives Scott Perry, Doug LaMalfa and Mark Meadows for their work on the speed limiter issue.”

Regarding the ELD mandate delay, OOIDA thanks Representative Brian Babin for his support of professional truck drivers.

“The concerns raised by us, by Congress and industry stakeholders have not changed. There are too many unanswered questions about the technical specifications and enforcement guidelines of the mandate,” said Spencer. “This includes issues related to enforcement, connectivity, data transfers, cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and many other legitimate real world concerns.”

“The agency refuses to certify any ELD as compliant with the rule, thus leaving consumers with no idea if a device they purchase is indeed compliant,” said Spencer.

Spencer said that the Association encourages OOIDA members to get involved in its “Knock Out Bad Regs” campaign and will continue to communicate with Congress and the Administration about these and other issues. Concerned truckers can contact their lawmakers about ELDs by clicking here.

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