Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
For Immediate Release
Small-business truckers lead diverse coalition against harmful trucking proposals
(Washington, D.C., September 16, 2019) – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is leading a coalition of dozens of influential trade associations to oppose four burdensome, costly, and unsafe trucking mandates. Today the coalition sent a letter to Congress urging them to reject those proposals as they work on the next surface transportation reauthorization.
The group strongly opposes mandates that would require heavy vehicles to install underride guards, speed limiters and automatic emergency braking systems. The coalition also opposes a bill that would increase minimum insurance requirements for motor carriers by over $4 million.
“Unlike our coalition partners, supporters of these mandates know virtually nothing about trucking,” said Todd Spencer, President and CEO of OOIDA. “The unfortunate reality is these mandates would likely decrease safety, not improve it, while imposing astronomically high costs on a wide variety of industries. That’s the point we’re conveying to Congress,” said Spencer.
The coalition estimates the four mandates would cost their members “tens-of-billions of dollars.”
The letter goes into more details and highlights the inherent problems with imposing one-size-fits-all requirements on industries that utilize a wide array of heavy vehicles in often vastly differing ways.
In short, the coalition describes the underride guard mandate as unworkable and impractical; the speed limiter mandate as dangerous; the automatic emergency braking mandate as a hazard for drivers; and the increased insurance mandate as primarily an opportunity for trial lawyers to receive greater payouts at the expense of U.S. businesses.
In their effort to prevent these bills from advancing through Congress, OOIDA is particularly thankful that so many stakeholders are getting involved early in the legislative process.
“We’re proud to lead a broad coalition that is concerned about the direction Congress is going when it comes to trucking. We think this group will continue to grow in the coming weeks and months, and we look forward to further engaging elected officials on these critical issues,” said Spencer.
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.