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
OOIDA looks forward to working with New DOT secretary January 31, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association congratulates Elaine Chao on her confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Senate approved Secretary Chao today by an overwhelming 93-6 vote. The Association looks forward to working with Secretary Chao on a wide variety of issues affecting professional truck drivers. Continue Reading
Senate Transportation Committee approves Elaine Chao as DOT secretary nominee January 24, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is looking forward to working with Elaine Chao once she is confirmed as Secretary for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation endorsed Elaine Chao by a unanimous voice vote today.  The nomination now moves to a vote… Continue Reading
Rehearing on ELD lawsuit denied January 12, 2017 A national association of small-business truckers was denied a rehearing of a court decision regarding their lawsuit against a government mandate to electronically track commercial truck drivers.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association had filed a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit for a rehearing of their… Continue Reading
OOIDA v. Pacific Financial moves forward January 6, 2017 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said its class action lawsuit against Pacific Financial Association was given the go ahead by the Arizona Court of Appeals to move forward. Continue Reading
Truckers file for rehearing on ELD lawsuit December 16, 2016 A national association of small-business truckers filed a petition for a rehearing of a court decision regarding their lawsuit against a government mandate to electronically track commercial truck drivers.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says the government’s excuses for mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) are weak and fail to justify violating… Continue Reading
Small-business truckers thank Congress for HOS fix December 12, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and its members applaud the U.S. Congress for including a permanent fix to hours-of-service restart provision in the Continuing Resolution bill.The provision preserves a key component of federal hours-of-service regulations regarding the 34-hour restart. Absent this legislative fix, the 34-hour restart was in danger of… Continue Reading
Truckers ask transition team for stay of pending regulations December 6, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent a letter to vice-president elect Mike Pence asking that the transition team for the incoming administration consider a stay of pending regulations that unjustly jeopardize small-business truckers.OOIDA said in the letter that for too long the U.S. government has failed to understand the value… Continue Reading
OOIDA looks forward to working with Elaine Chao November 29, 2016 Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association 1 OOIDA Drive, Grain Valley, MO  64029 Web Site: www.ooida.com Facebook: OOIDA Facebook Contact: Norita Taylor, norita_taylor@ooida.com Headquarters: (816) 229-5791 For Immediate Release OOIDA looks forward to working with Elaine Chao The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is looking forward to the possibility of working with Elaine Chao, who is expected… Continue Reading
Truckers will ask for rehearing on ELD lawsuit November 16, 2016 A national association of small-business truckers says it will petition for a rehearing of a court decision regarding their lawsuit against a government mandate to electronically track commercial truck drivers.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says the government’s excuses for mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) are weak and fail to justify… Continue Reading
Truckers challenge medical certification rule over sleep apnea appendix November 14, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a petition for review challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final rule on medical examiner’s certification integration saying that the agency bypassed the rulemaking process by adding an appendix on sleep apnea. Continue Reading
Response to decision from U.S. Court of Appeals on ELD mandate October 31, 2016 We are disappointed and strongly disagree with the court’s ruling. Because this issue is of vital importance to our members and all small business truckers,  we are reviewing our next steps to continue our challenge against this regulation. Continue Reading
Truckers for Troops® 10th annual campaign runs during week of Veterans Day October 21, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is getting ready to launch the tenth Truckers for Troops® care package campaign, scheduled for the week of Nov. 7-11, 2016.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 for Troops… Continue Reading
OOIDA reaches tax refund agreement with NY September 26, 2016 Trucking businesses that go into New York from other states can once again thank small-business truckers for standing up to an unconstitutional registration and decal tax. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has reached a landmark tax refund agreement with the State of New York for $44.4 million. Continue Reading
OOIDA asks Senate Appropriations to stay away from speed limiters in end of session proposals September 19, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to exclude language from any federal spending measures that mandates the installation of speed limiters on heavy commercial vehicles. The Association says that to do so would undermine the regulatory process and take away the public’s ability… Continue Reading
Trucking leaders against dangerous mandate for speed limiting devices on large trucks August 26, 2016 A national association of small-business truckers says the government’s proposal to mandate speed limiting devices on large trucks would be dangerous for all highway users. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the nation’s only organization representing professional and small-business truckers, says such devices create speed differentials that lead to more crashes… Continue Reading
Truckers prepare for day in court to prove electronic monitoring unjustified August 15, 2016 A national association of small-business truckers says the government’s excuses for mandating electronic logging devices (ELDs) are weak and fail to justify violating the Fourth Amendment rights of professional truck drivers. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants the court to throw out the federal mandate that is scheduled to go… Continue Reading
OOIDA Announces 2016 Scholarship Recipients July 8, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund.Five top scholars were chosen for this honor.  To apply, the students were asked to submit a 500-word reflection essay on how a trucker has influenced their life, the way their educational… Continue Reading
Small-business truckers encouraged by THUD bill May 18, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and its members are encouraged about passage of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies for supporting small-business truckers in its annual FY 2017 (THUD) bill. Continue Reading
Truckers say monitoring device mandate won’t improve safety and violates constitutional rights March 31, 2016 A national association representing small business truckers said today in its appeal of a government mandate that requiring electronic monitoring devices on commercial vehicles does not advance safety, is arbitrary and capricious and violates 4th amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures.The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) stated these and… Continue Reading
Director of Legislative Affairs joins OOIDA March 22, 2016 The Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association welcomes Collin Long 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.He is originally from Allentown, Penn. and graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in international relations.… Continue Reading
Small-business truckers victorious over New York’s unconstitutional truck decal fee February 1, 2016 Out-of-state trucking businesses that go into New York can thank small-business truckers for standing up to an unconstitutional tax and decal fee. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has won a class-action lawsuit against the state and the fee will no longer be enforced. Continue Reading
OOIDA seeks an end to overly inflated tow bills in West Virginia January 21, 2016 A national truckers association wants West Virginia to enact legislation that would bring reform to how the Public Service Commission handles non-consensual towing and complaints. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports a bill introduced by Delegate Scott Cadle that will better protect truck drivers, and other motorists, from overly inflated… Continue Reading
Another favorable ruling for truckers in DataQ lawsuit March 12, 2015 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced today that a federal court judge ruled in OOIDA’s favor regarding the Association’s ongoing DataQ lawsuit.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the U.S. Department of Transportation’s motion to dismiss a complaint filed by OOIDA challenging the accuracy of… Continue Reading
Truckers say push to raise insurance requirements is bad for highway safety, bad for small businesses February 27, 2015 Raising insurance minimum requirements for interstate trucking companies would make highways less safe and harm small-business truckers unnecessarily. That is the message delivered by way of public comments submitted by professional truck drivers and owners of small-business trucking companies. Continue Reading
Truckers thank U.S. House for passing Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act February 5, 2015 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanked the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill today that would close loopholes in previous legislation and protect small businesses from undue regulatory burdens. The bill, H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015, passed by a vote of 260-163. Continue Reading
Truckers can use new website to prepare for DOT exams February 4, 2015 The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association launched a new online resource that truck drivers can use to prepare for medical exams which are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.The D.O.T. Doc Website was created to help drivers be more informed when using the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, operated by the… Continue Reading