Truckers push FMCSA to end evasion of broker transparency regs May 19, 2020 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. Continue Reading
OOIDA asks Congress to ensure transparency in broker transactions May 6, 2020 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… Continue Reading
OOIDA thanks FMCSA for protective masks April 30, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanks the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for providing free masks to truck drivers delivering goods during the ongoing pandemic response. OOIDA had sent an urgent letter to the White House several weeks ago, pleading for action to safeguard the supply chain by assuring truck drivers have… Continue Reading
OOIDA Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients April 24, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced the recipients of this year’s scholarship fund. The OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship, which started in 1998, has awarded more than $350,000 to students who are the children, grandchildren or legal dependents of OOIDA members. Continue Reading
America’s truckers urge Congress to show support with action, not just words, once COVID-19 crisis is over April 6, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA sends urgent message to POTUS, COVID-19 task force April 4, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA hails bipartisan, groundbreaking truck parking legislation March 9, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA showcases business education series at MATS February 24, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA to Senators: Congress Contributes to Dysfunction in Trucking February 4, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA welcomes plans to authorize infrastructure investments, but remains cautious about funding January 29, 2020 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA thanks Rep. Babin for speaking out on truck driver coercion, highlighting flaws with NCCDB December 20, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
Truckers welcome plans to finalize USMCA agreement December 19, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
OOIDA files appeal to Supreme Court in PA turnpike case December 12, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
Truckers make final push for safer, more flexible hours-of-service October 15, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
Small-business truckers not surprised survey repeats shortage myth while driver pay is not even a thought October 7, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
Small-business truckers lead diverse coalition against harmful trucking proposals September 16, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization. Continue Reading
New hours rules mean smarter, safer choices for truckers August 14, 2019 A common sense approach has finally been proposed by the federal government regarding how long truck drivers work and drive. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanks the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for listening to truck drivers’ concerns and including provisions that make it easier for them to avoid heavy… Continue Reading
OOIDA gains victory in legal action against Virginia over hours-of-service citations August 12, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association had filed the lawsuit in early 2018 because Virginia was unlawfully writing warnings and citations for violations against the 30-minute break provision of hours-of-service. That provision had been added to regulations in 2015, but Virginia did not adopt it into state law until late 2017. Continue Reading
Another attack on small-business truckers July 29, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association adamantly opposes recently introduced legislation that would drastically increase insurance costs for our nation’s small-business truckers.  According to OOIDA, H.R. 3781, the INSURANCE Act, would effectively put countless small-business truckers out of business.  OOIDA is the largest association representing the interests of small-business truckers with… Continue Reading
OOIDA disappointed with Missouri governor’s veto of towing reform July 16, 2019 Despite the fact that Missouri lawmakers sought to protect truckers from unscrupulous towing and recovery companies, Governor Mike Parson halted that effort in one stroke of a pen by vetoing SB 147.  The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which supported bill, was incensed that the governor would oppose a measure intended… Continue Reading
Member of OOIDA board of directors featured in education video created by U.S. DOT July 2, 2019 A member of the board of directors for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is featured in a new video talking about sharing the roads with commercial vehicles. The video was created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Continue Reading
OOIDA showcases business series with “Shift Into Success” event at GATS July 1, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will hold a free class to showcase the association’s  business education series at the Great American Trucking Show on Thursday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Continue Reading
Legislation introduced to fix FHWA interpretation of auto transporter definition June 26, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is ecstatic that U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced HR 3474, legislation that would statutorily correct an issue important to the auto transporter community. Continue Reading
Director of Legislative Affairs joins OOIDA June 17, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association welcomes Bryce Mongeon to the Washington DC office as Director of Legislative Affairs.  He will share responsibility in advancing the Association’s government affairs agenda on behalf of OOIDA members. Continue Reading
OOIDA to tell Congress trucking is broken, repairing it falls on improving treatment of truckers June 12, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association welcomes Bryce Mongeon to the Washington DC office as Director of Legislative Affairs.  He will share responsibility in advancing the Association’s government affairs agenda on behalf of OOIDA members. Continue Reading
Missouri lawmakers respond to truckers calling out dodgy towing companies May 21, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association applauds Missouri lawmakers for taking the first step in protecting truckers from unscrupulous towing and recovery companies.  The legislature recently passed SB 147, which contains towing reform provisions to address nonconsensual tows for commercial motor vehicles. Continue Reading
Truckers oppose efforts to lower age for CDL holders May 14, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest national association representing professional and small-business truckers, opposes a proposal to launch a pilot program allowing drivers under 21 to participate in interstate commerce. Continue Reading
OOIDA will appeal ruling in PA turnpike case April 4, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will appeal a ruling announced today in a class-action lawsuit regarding tolls on users of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The lawsuit was brought last year by OOIDA and the National Motorists Association in the federal court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The associations made up of truck drivers and… Continue Reading
OOIDA thanks FMCSA for including trucker’s concerns March 29, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanks the federal government for taking into consideration its concerns regarding hours-of-service regulations for a newly announced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The announcement was made today by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky. Continue Reading
Truckers call on U.S. Trade Rep to move ahead with agreement March 25, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association urges the U.S. Trade Representative to continue moving forward with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement approval process and forthcoming implementing legislative language in a timely manner. Continue Reading
Government research supports what truckers have said all along about supposed “shortage” of drivers March 20, 2019 Recent research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics supports what the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been saying for years, that there is not a shortage of truck drivers.“We have often said that the notion of a driver shortage is a myth,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA President. “Our greatest concern about… Continue Reading
OOIDA supports bills to provide relief from ELD mandate March 14, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Collin Peterson (MN) and Greg Gianforte (MT) that would provide targeted relief from the electronic logging device mandate to small-business and agriculture haulers. Continue Reading
Truckers oppose multi-billion dollar underride mandate proposal March 7, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association opposes legislation to mandate underride guards on all sides of commercial motor vehicles over 10,000 pounds. OOIDA says such requirements cannot be accommodated on most trucking equipment and would yield little if any safety benefit, while costing truckers billions to comply. Continue Reading
National association opposes Colorado towing group’s attempt to take away rights of truckers February 28, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association expressed opposition to a request for rulemaking in Colorado regarding non-consensual tows of commercial motor vehicles. OOIDA sent a letter to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission expressing concerns that the petition would weaken consumer protections from unscrupulous towing operations. Continue Reading
Shortage myth used to pull younger drivers into trucking workforce February 28, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to members of Congress opposing the DRIVE-Safe Act (H.R. 1374 and S. 569). The bills propose lowering age requirements to get an interstate commercial driver’s license from 21 to 18.OOIDA said in the letter that many of the same entities pushing for a… Continue Reading
Truckers and other organizations oppose size and weight increases February 25, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association cosigned a letter today along with a coalition of organizations opposed to increasing size and weight restrictions for commercial motor vehicles. The letter was sent to all members Congress, asking them to oppose legislative language that would increase maximum truck size or weight limits on federal… Continue Reading
National association supports towing reform in Missouri February 22, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association expressed support for two proposals in Missouri that would create consumer protections in connection with non-consensual tows of commercial motor vehicles. OOIDA sent letters as well as testified at a recent hearing in connection with the bills.Missouri Senator Lincoln Hough and Missouri Representative Nate Tate… Continue Reading
Truck driver shortage debunked February 19, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s research foundation published two new documents debunking the myth of a driver shortage.A fact sheet explains how the industry isn’t afflicted with a shortage of drivers, but is actually plagued with overcapacity and driver retention. A second, accompanying document talks about how wages have decreased for truck drivers at… Continue Reading
Small-business truckers respond to Senate hearing on infrastructure February 13, 2019 Among the many issues raised today at a hearing held by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, two caught the attention of small-business truckers. One was connected directly to infrastructure and one was not, but both are closely related to highway safety. Continue Reading
Truckers take action against Indiana’s excessive and discriminatory tolls January 10, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Finance Authority, the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation and Governor Eric Holcomb. Continue Reading
OOIDA responds to FMCSA preemption of California meal and rest break laws January 3, 2019 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is concerned about a recent decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to preempt meal and rest break laws in California.The FMCSA granted a petition that, effective immediately, preempts California state laws that deal with meal and rest breaks for truck drivers. The American… Continue Reading
OOIDA Foundation awarded APU grant December 17, 2018 The OOIDA Foundation received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will help members purchase auxiliary power units. The grant seeks to reduce extensive amounts of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter (soot), and carbon dioxide in the region. Continue Reading
Results for Truckers for Troops campaign announced November 19, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said the Truckers for Troops® care package campaign raised a total of $38,536. The campaign took place the week of Nov. 5-9, 2018.The fundraising effort is an OOIDA tradition since 2007 and had a head start with a generous donation of $2,000 from Shell Rotella.… Continue Reading
Want to become and owner-operator? Now you can Truck to Success! November 13, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will offer a class to help those interested in starting a small trucking business. OOIDA’s business education training, Truck to Success, is an intensive training for those ready to take their first steps toward becoming an owner-operator. Continue Reading
Truckers for Troops 12th annual campaign takes place before Veterans Day week October 30, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is getting ready to launch the 12th Truckers for Troops® care package campaign, scheduled for the week of Nov. 5-9, 2018.The fundraising effort, which got a head start from Shell Rotella with a $2,000 donation, is an OOIDA tradition since 2007, sending care packages to service personnel… Continue Reading
Truckers association kicks driver shortage myth to the curb with new video October 26, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association introduced a video dispelling the myth that there is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States. “We created this video because we are concerned that messaging in mainstream media is missing the mark on the issue of high turnover,” said Norita Taylor, director of public… Continue Reading
OOIDA extends thanks to Congress for support for glider kits October 15, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanked several members of Congress for a letter sent on Oct. 10 to the Environmental Protection Agency requesting relief for the glider industry by way of an extended compliance date for certain regulations.U.S. Representative Bill Posey of Florida and other members of Congress signed the letter… Continue Reading
OOIDA provides input to Senate hearing on EPA oversight October 3, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association provided comments on behalf of the interests of small-business truckers to a hearing today held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight entitled “Oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Implementation of Sound and Transparent Science in Regulation.” Continue Reading
OOIDA calls for HOS reform with flexibility, safety as top priorities September 26, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed comments to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Hours-of-Service regulations.An ANPRM published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asked for input from the trucking community about updating regulations to alleviate unnecessary burdens and improve safety. Continue Reading
OOIDA hosts 45th anniversary at GBATS September 24, 2018 he Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association will host its 45th anniversary at the Guilty by Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo. September 27-29, 2018.  OOIDA and 4 State Trucks have partnered to present the tenth annual GBATS which will include a listening session co-hosted with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.OOIDA leadership will host… Continue Reading
OOIDA applauds FMCSA for recognizing that truck drivers with diabetes can operate safely September 18, 2018 For more than a decade, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has encouraged the government to reduce the costly and unnecessary obstacles that prevent safe truck drivers with diabetes to operate in interstate commerce. Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a final rule revising regulations permitting individuals with properly… Continue Reading
OOIDA testifies at subcommittee hearing on glider regulations September 13, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association represented the interests of small-business truckers at a joint hearing today with the Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Environment Hearing - Examining the Underlying Science and Impacts of Glider Truck Regulations.The hearing was held to discuss the effects that glider vehicle regulations have on truckers. Continue Reading
OOIDA’s petition spurs HOS reform August 21, 2018 A petition by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association played a key role in the government launching an effort to revise hours-of-service regulations. OOIDA looks forward to working with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to safely and responsibly update those standards.The Association’s petition,… Continue Reading
OOIDA looks forward to hours-of-service improvements August 15, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports government efforts to modernize hours-of-service regulations and looks forward to an anticipated Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.The Association’s members have often pointed out to their representatives in Washington DC that current regulations are overly complex, provide no… Continue Reading
Request denied to small-business truckers seeking exemption from ELD mandate July 3, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s exemption request to a federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices has been denied. The request was submitted 8 months ago to the agency that regulates motor carriers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Continue Reading
Truckers say government needs to fix medical certification issues and conflict resolutions June 27, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization exclusively representing professional and small-business truckers, says that the government needs to create a better system for those seeking to resolve conflicts involving their medical certifications, which are required to get a commercial drivers license. Continue Reading
Truckers face retaliations despite supposed whistleblower protections June 15, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association presented input to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) earlier this week on the programs that are supposed to protect truck drivers from retaliations for reporting unsafe practices and work environments.At a meeting on June 12 held by OSHA at the U.S. Department of… Continue Reading
Truckers for Troops helps support veterans June 12, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and its Truckers for Troops® care package campaign have been sending out care packages to military oversees in combat zones, veterans homes and veterans assistance functions.Most recently on June 8, Truckers for Troops participated in the Heart of America Stand Down event in Kansas City, Mo.… Continue Reading
Land Line Now launches 2GO podcast June 6, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association congratulates Land Line Now for making all shows available in the Land Line Now 2Go podcast.Beginning today, OOIDA’s official radio program will offer its full show the following day at 6 a.m. Eastern streaming online at LandLineNow.com. For those on the road and listening to audio on their… Continue Reading
OOIDA Announces 2018 Scholarship Recipients May 29, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced the recipients of the 2018-2019 scholarship fund. The OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship, which started in 1998, has already awarded more than $300,000 to students who are the children, grandchildren or legal dependents of OOIDA members. Continue Reading
Truckers support ELD exemption bills for small-business motor carriers May 23, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization exclusively representing professional and small-business truckers, supports a bill that would exempt motor carriers with 10 or fewer trucks from an electronic logging device mandate. Continue Reading
Truckers thank U.S. Senators for supporting flexibility in hours of service regulations May 18, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization exclusively representing professional and small-business truckers, thanks the 30 U.S. Senators that recently signed a letter asking the federal government to reform the hours-of-service regulations for commercial truck drivers. Continue Reading
Truckers say plenty of drivers out there, no need to lower CDL age restriction May 7, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a national association that represents small-business truckers, says that concerns about a driver shortage are largely myth and actually more about high turnover in one sector of the industry.They have signed a letter along with other industry stakeholders in opposition to proposals to lower the age requirement… Continue Reading
Truckers and safety advocates oppose efforts to lower age for CDL holders April 17, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has signed a letter along with other industry stakeholders in opposition to proposals to lower the age requirement for obtaining an interstate commercial drivers license.The letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and was also signed by a long… Continue Reading
OOIDA seeks to enjoin PA turnpike from diverting excess toll dollars to PennDOT for other uses April 3, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in connection with a class-action lawsuit they brought against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. The lawsuit, filed in March along with the National Motorists Association, is for excessive toll increases that place an undue burden on interstate commerce while… Continue Reading
Truckers support bill to improve hours-of-service regulations March 29, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization exclusively representing professional and small-business truckers, supports legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36) to modernize hours-of-service regulations.The Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers, or REST Act, H.R.5417, would allow drivers to take one rest break per shift, for up… Continue Reading
OOIDA to fight excessive PA turnpike tolls in court March 19, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for excessive toll increases that place an undue burden on interstate commerce while improperly diverting toll revenue to other projects unrelated to the turnpike.OOIDA and the National Motorists Association have requested an injunction to halt… Continue Reading
OOIDA thanks Rep. Brian Babin for supporting small business truckers March 14, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association presented an award to U.S. Rep. Brian Babin for his exceptional and long-term support of professional and small-business truckers.“We thank Congressmen Babin for recognizing that small-business truckers are vital to the economy and safety of our highways and for his tireless support for their causes,”… Continue Reading
Truckers request action by Congress on ELD mandate March 1, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization exclusively representing professional and small-business truckers, asked the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure to hold an oversight hearing on a recently implemented regulation. Continue Reading
OOIDA requests safer, more flexible HOS for truck drivers February 14, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, has petitioned the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to amend the existing federal hours-of-service regulations. “We think it’s time to seriously address the issue of lack of options available for truck drivers whose schedules are at the… Continue Reading
Truckers thank Congress for supporting exemption to electronic logging mandate February 2, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, thanks U.S. Reps. Brian Babin (R-TX-36) and Steve King (R-IA-04), along with 23 other members of Congress, for a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration asking them to support the pending application for an… Continue Reading
Small-business truckers see good and bad in $1.5 trillion infrastructure package January 31, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, welcomed President Trump’s call for $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment during last night’s State of the Union address. However, professional truckers are concerned by the Administration’s reliance on private investment to achieve this level of funding. Continue Reading
Truckers support EPA’s plan to repeal glider kit requirements January 26, 2018 A national trucking association sent a letter of support to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works for the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reconsider emission requirements for glider kits.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents 160,000 members, supports a proposed repeal of the Phase 2 emissions standards for… Continue Reading
Extension granted for NY HUT refunds January 24, 2018 Some small-business truckers that paid an unconstitutional highway user fee in New York are entitled to refunds, and now an extension has been granted by the court so that motor carriers will have additional time to locate former drivers and complete the pass-through process. Continue Reading
OOIDA mourns loss of Jim Johnston, president, CEO January 8, 2018 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced today that Jim Johnston, its resilient leader whose determination secured a position on the frontlines for truckers’ rights, has passed away after more than a year-long battle with lung cancer. Continue Reading
Results for Truckers for Troops® 11th annual campaign December 15, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said the Truckers for Troops® care package campaign raised a total of $46,424. The campaign took place the week of Nov. 13-17, 2017.The fundraising effort is an OOIDA tradition since 2007 and has a head start with a generous donation of $2,000 from Shell Rotella. Truckers… Continue Reading
Truckers warn state attorneys general about enforcement confusion of ELD mandate on trucks December 7, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested  that top officials from each state seriously review potential problems anticipated with enforcement of an impending federal trucking mandate requiring electronic logging devices on large trucks. Continue Reading
Truckers applaud Indiana attorney general for requesting delay of ELD mandate November 30, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association applauds a request made by the Indiana attorney general asking that a federal mandate for electronic logging devices on commercial vehicles be delayed.The letter from Curtis Hill, Jr., the Indiana Attorney General, to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cited numerous concerns that reflect many of the… Continue Reading
Small-businesses in transportation testify at hearing seeking regulatory relief November 29, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association applauds the remarks of several small-businesses in the transportation industry as they testified before the U.S. House Committee on Small Business on Wednesday, Nov. 29.The hearing, dubbed “Highway to Headache: Federal Regulations on the Small Trucking Industry,” was an opportunity to provide input on the… Continue Reading
Small-business truckers request exemption from ELD mandate November 21, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has submitted an exemption request to a federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices.“Small-business truckers that have already proven their ability to operate safely should not be subject to purchasing costly, unproven and uncertified devices,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of… Continue Reading
Response to exemption requests to ELD mandate October 31, 2017 The increasing number of exemption requests from an electronic logging device mandate and the government’s recent responses proves there is no safety benefit of this technology. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association points to this as one of many reasons the upcoming federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic… Continue Reading
Truckers agree Administration’s deregulation policies would drive economic growth October 4, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization that represents small-business truckers, supports the Administration’s continued push to reduce regulations.“We agree with the White House’s statement that burdensome regulations have an immense impact on small businesses,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA. “In particular, the trucking industry,… Continue Reading
Diverse, growing coalition asks for delay of ELD mandate September 27, 2017 A diverse group of industries have formed a coalition that is growing in membership while making an appeal to delay a federal regulation requiring trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices. Continue Reading
Trucking industry sees pros and cons from House appropriations bill September 7, 2017 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. Continue Reading
Small business truckers eager to see top priorities addressed in autonomous vehicle legislation September 4, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization that represents small business and professional truckers, looks forward to working with elected officials to address its top priorities for upcoming autonomous truck legislation. Continue Reading
Congress proposes delay of ELD mandate July 19, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) thanks U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36) for introducing legislation that would delay an electronic logging (ELD)  mandate for two years.OOIDA says, among other problems, there are too many unanswered questions about the technical specifications and enforcement guidelines of the mandate, warranting a delay of… Continue Reading
CDL ban in proposed legislation singles out truckers in global crime of human trafficking July 13, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports efforts to combat human trafficking but opposes the recently proposed S. 1532 legislation, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act.The bill, introduced by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., would disqualify individuals from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for their lifetime if they used… Continue Reading
OOIDA media earn top awards from Heart of America Press Club June 27, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association extends congratulations to the staff members of Land Line Magazine and Land Line Now Sirius XM radio for bringing home 24 awards from the 2017 Kansas City Press Club’s Heart of America Awards event. Continue Reading
OOIDA to push forward with fight against ELD mandate June 12, 2017 An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court by a national association of small-business truckers will not be reviewed. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association contends that a mandate to electronically track commercial truck drivers was never about safety and that the government was never able to demonstrate how such a mandate… Continue Reading
Truckers succeed in getting arbitrary increase in insurance minimums taken off the regulatory table June 2, 2017 Small-business truckers have succeeded in getting a potentially devastating proposed regulation withdrawn by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and its members had vehemently opposed a proposed rulemaking to arbitrarily increase insurance minimums for commercial motor carriers. In 2014, the FMCSA proposed increasing federally mandated levels… Continue Reading
OOIDA Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients May 7, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced the recipients of the 2017-2018 Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund. Continue Reading
Director of Government Affairs Appointed at OOIDA May 4, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, appointed Mike Matousek as Director of Government Affairs.   Continue Reading
OOIDA finalizes settlement in NY tax case April 24, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, wrapped up a class action lawsuit against New York’s Department of Taxation and Finance on April 19, 2017. Continue Reading
Animated video shows how speed limiters on large trucks are dangerous for all highway users April 17, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, created a video demonstrating the dangers of speed limited trucks.The video is designed not only for the trucking community, but also for all highway users, so that they can learn the dangers of speed differentials created… Continue Reading
OOIDA appeals to U.S. Supreme Court on ELD mandate lawsuit April 13, 2017 A national association of small-business truckers filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a lawsuit against a government mandate to electronically track commercial truck drivers.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed the petition seeking a review of a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.… Continue Reading
Truckers will hold Administration and Congress to their pledge to reduce regulations March 23, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, launched an energetic campaign today at MATS to encourage its members to push back against excessive trucking regulations. Continue Reading
OOIDA and others unite on reducing regs March 21, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s largest organization representing professional and small-business truckers, signed on to a joint letter with 16 other organizations asking for a delay and repeal of a federal mandate for electronic logging devices. Continue Reading
Truckers agree with IG report on hours-of-service restart restrictions March 6, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a national association representing small-business truckers, expressed approval of a report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General about restrictions on the 34-hour restart provision of hours-of-service regulations. Continue Reading
Small-business truckers encouraged by infrastructure commitment in first Presidential address before Congress February 28, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a national organization that represents small-business truckers, welcomed President Donald Trump’s comments on investing in U.S. infrastructure during tonight’s address before a Joint Session of Congress. Continue Reading
Small-business truckers congratulate new SBA administrator February 14, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is looking forward to working with Linda McMahon as the newly appointed leader of the Small Business Administration.The U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment with a vote of 81-19 and she is expected to be sworn in today. Continue Reading