Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
For Immediate Release
OOIDA gains victory in legal action against Virginia over hours-of-service citations
(Washington, D.C., August 12, 2019) – The latest development in a lawsuit against the state of Virginia is a win for all truckers that drive through there.
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.
“This is an important win in how federal regulations are enforced by state officials,” said Todd Spencer, President of OOIDA. “They are supposed to adopt those rules into their state codes before handing out warnings or citations that go on permanent records.”
The case was dismissed as part of an agreement that the state of Virginia would remove more than 2,600 violations that were cited between 2015 to 2017. Those drivers would otherwise have had the violations on their pre-employment records permanently.
The state of Virginia admitted that they were not authorized to enforce the provision because it was not part of the state’s codes and were wrong to issue citations.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the largest, national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The Association currently has more than 160,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area.