OOIDA requests safer, more flexible HOS for truck drivers

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 mercy of shippers, receivers, weather, congestion, and other obstacles, to operate safely,” said Todd Spencer, acting president and CEO of OOIDA.

OOIDA to push forward with fight against ELD mandate

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 would improve safety.

Truckers agree with IG report on hours-of-service restart restrictions

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.

Rehearing on ELD lawsuit denied

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 case against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Small-business truckers thank Congress for HOS fix

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 being completely eliminated due to a drafting error in previously passed legislation. The restart provides drivers more flexibility and greater control of scheduling, which improves safety for all highway users.

Small-business truckers encouraged by THUD bill

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.

Truckers say monitoring device mandate won’t improve safety and violates constitutional rights

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 other arguments in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.