Grain Valley, Mo., May 8, 2014 – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a national organization that represents small-business truckers, has issued a Call to Action to its Ohio members to reject House bill 533.
“We are telling our members to speak out against the double taxation of adding tolls,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “Small-business truckers already pay more than their fair share and a new toll would not only be a financial hardship on them, but would also be an unconscionable burden on all motorists,” added Spencer.
The Association supports investments in infrastructure, but holds that tolling is among the least efficient methods of collecting revenue. OOIDA instead recommends increasing the fuel tax as the most equitable and efficient option, provided the generated revenue is used for its intended purpose. Continue reading →
I know it’s been a long time for me to post something but I feel I must speak my mind. It is taking everything I have got to do this, so it will be short and sweet. In case you have not heard about this “Truckers Ride For The Constitution” then you must be deaf and blind.
From the Facebook page it says: “The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013! Truck drivers will not haul freight! Americans can strike in solidarity with truck drivers!”
The rally, “Truckers Ride for the Constitution,” is calling for 10,000 truck drivers to show up Friday morning and circle I-495 for the next three days, according to aFacebook page for the event, which had attracted more than 127,000 “likes” by Thursday evening.
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Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking. It’s about freakin’ time! Believe me, I feel the same way. Had I known how long this was going to take and how much work it entailed, I don’t know if I would’ve had the gumption to start. But hey, as one pudgy Prime Minister once said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” Now that it’s all said and done, I think it came out pretty dang good, if I do say so myself. So what took so stinkin’ long? Did you see that pretty black bar with the Play button up there? That’s what took so stinkin’ long. The written blog now comes as a podcast for all you people who are too friggin’ lazy to read. You know. People like me. But let’s go back to the beginning first. Continue reading →
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, filed a complaint with the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, FMCSA with regard to its Pre-Employment Screening Program and the DataQ appeal process.
The suit alleges that FMCSA releases records of alleged safety violations to potential employers before drivers have had their day in court and that it refuses to drop references to such violations even after drivers have been exonerated in court. The data stored in the safety records database is also used by the Compliance Safety Accountability enforcement program, known as CSA. Continue reading →
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, OOIDA, thanked the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of all truckers today for passing an amendment that would block the Department of Transportation from advancing regulations mandating electronic on-board recorders, event data recorders and global positioning system tracking of commercial and personnel vehicles.
The amendment to the annual transportation funding appropriations bill being debated in the House right now, is headed by U.S. Representatives Jeff Landry, R-LA and Nick Rahall, D-WV, and co-sponsored by Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA, Tom Graves, R-GA and Bill Huizenga, R-MI. It would strip funding from the electronic on-board recorder mandate included the conferenced highway bill negotiated earlier this week. As written in the bill, EOBRs would be capable of real-time tracking for monitoring of long-haul trucks and drivers. Continue reading →
In my 15 years of watching truck drivers interact with waitresses, cashiers, shipping clerks, forklift drivers, mechanics, and heck, even other truckers, I’ve discovered that 99% of truckers think they’re in some way either, funny, amusing, interesting, unique, extremely handsome, or most likely, all of the above. Sadly, a big chunk of us aren’t any of those things. If you need proof of that, I’ve got over 90 blog posts you’re welcome to peruse. Continue reading →
As a trucker for nearly 15 years, I’ve traveled all across the United States and parts of Canada. Along the way I’ve had the opportunity to explore many things. Yet, for the most part, I haven’t. Why not? Well, it basically comes down to one thing: I can be a lazy tightwad when I put my mind to it.
The sight of nearly 300 women in red t-shirts at the Mid-America Trucking Show always turns a few heads.
The shrieks and hugs from the participants bring a smile to everyone nearby. All female professional drivers are welcome to take part in this year’s event.
The Women In Trucking (WIT) Association is hosting its Third Annual, “Salute to the Women Behind the Wheel,” at the Kentucky Exposition Center (Louisville) on Saturday, March 24, 2012. Continue reading →
The new Hours-of-Service rules, texting and cell phone laws, the CSA, and my personal nemesis and eternal torturer of my soul, Electronic Logbooks, all claim to make the trucking industry safer. But do they? Let’s take a look at that. We’ll discuss the issues first, then sum it all up at the end. May as well tackle these puppies in order. And yes, tackling puppies is perfectly okay if they’re barking for no reason.