“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 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.

OOIDA disappointed with Missouri governor’s veto of towing reform

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 to protect truckers from outrageous and excessive nonconsensual tow bills.

Director of Legislative Affairs joins OOIDA

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.

Missouri lawmakers respond to truckers calling out dodgy towing companies

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.

National association supports towing reform in Missouri

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 introduced SB323 and HR749 respectively.

Truckers succeed in getting arbitrary increase in insurance minimums taken off the regulatory table

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 of insurance coverage for property and passenger motor carriers from $750,000 to $4 million.

Director of Government Affairs Appointed at OOIDA

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.