OOIDA supports extension of FAST Act

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act from 2015 was scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2020. The Association joined more than 80 other organizations last month encouraging Congress to pass a one-year bill to maintain funding and stability as the U.S. continues to struggle with the fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Senator Steve Daines: Don’t break the backbone of our country!

A group of U.S. Senators have said that small-business truckers and other industries that rely on trucking cannot bear the financial burden of a policy that could end up in the next transportation reauthorization bill. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association commends U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) for encouraging his colleagues to sign a letter opposing an unnecessary increase in federal liability insurance requirements for motor carriers.

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves to be featured on next “Live from Exit 24”

The next episode of “Live From Exit 24” is scheduled for August 26 and will feature U.S Representative Sam Graves, R-Missouri, 6th District. Graves is the Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Host Mike Matousek, OOIDA’s Manager of Government Affairs, encourages listeners to call during the show with questions for Rep. Graves about anything related to the role of Congress in highway funding, transportation and trucking.

OOIDA: USMCA interim rules should be adopted ASAP

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a joint message with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters encouraging the U.S. International Trade Commission to adopt interim rules to implement the provisions of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. USMCA empowers the Commission to investigate whether the U.S. long-haul trucking industry is materially harmed by an increase in cross-border trucking services provided by Mexican suppliers.

“Live From Exit 24” to feature FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked Congress to provide needed economic relief to struggling small-business truckers by way of suspending the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) for one year as part of the next COVID-19 response package.

OOIDA: We had it right back then and we still do today!

“Should we say it louder this time?” That is the general sentiment expressed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association as they prepare for the FMCSA Trucking Safety Summit.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh will be a panelist during the first session of the day and plans to re-emphasize common sense recommendations that truck drivers have shared many times before.

Industry tells Congress “No” on insurance increase

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association led a coalition of more than 60 trade associations in voicing opposition against any increase of federally-mandated insurance minimums for motor carriers. The coalition sent a letter to Senate transportation leadership contending that higher insurance levels would do nothing to improve highway safety and would have a severe economic impact on truckers, farmers and manufacturers by significantly increasing their operational costs.