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.

OOIDA Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Briana Jimenez is the stepdaughter of member Edgar Escalera of Omaha, NE. Briana will graduate from Millard West High School in May. She received an acceptance letter from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she intends to major in pre-medicine. Kincaid Johnson is the stepdaughter of member Phillip Ward of Nocona, TX. Kincaid will … Continued

Truckers welcome beginning of USMCA agreement

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports the implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement which enters into force today.

This newly ratified trilateral trade agreement replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

OOIDA to launch “Live from Exit 24”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announces that they will present a new, internet-based audio talk show which will begin next month.

The first “Live from Exit 24” will air July 15, 11 a.m. to Noon central and will feature host Mike Matousek, Manager of Government Affairs with special guest host, Lewie Pugh, Executive Vice President of OOIDA.

Bridge near OOIDA headquarters named after Jim Johnston

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced that the bridge at I-70 and Grain Valley exit 24 will be dedicated to OOIDA’s late president, Jim Johnston.

“He was an outspoken champion for the rights of all professional truck drivers,” said Todd Spencer, President and CEO of OOIDA. “This is a fitting honor for him and the Association.”

OOIDA optimistic by release of House Highway Bill

Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today released his much-anticipated highway bill proposal, starting the House’s long process of developing its version of the next surface transportation reauthorization.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports provisions in the bill including increased funding for highway construction, $250 million for truck parking projects, provisions that will help limit excessive detention time and predatory lease-to-own schemes, new restrictions on tolling, and further analysis of questionable H-1B Visa use within the trucking industry.

Truckers push FMCSA to end evasion of broker transparency regs

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has long pushed for greater transparency and better enforcement of existing regulations.  Earlier today, OOIDA filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration urging immediate action on key issues to improve broker transparency.

OOIDA asks Congress to ensure transparency in broker transactions

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to Congress today urging immediate action to help truckers know they are being compensated fairly.

Recent protests by truckers in Houston, Hartford, El Paso and other cities have largely focused on concerns that brokers are taking advantage of independent truckers. This has also been a central theme of the demonstrations currently taking place near the White House.