Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
For Immediate Release
OOIDA thanks Federal Highway Administration for temporary change to food truck policy for rest areas
(Washington DC, April 8, 2020) – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association thanks the Federal Highway Administration for temporarily allowing states to permit the use of food trucks in rest areas until the national emergency declaration ends. This decision was made to solve one of the major problems truck drivers are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OOIDA strongly supports this change because many restaurants, travel centers and truck stops have closed entirely, reduced hours of operations, restricted access to drive-thru or implemented other limitations that hamper the ability of drivers to find meals.
“Truckers are risking their lives to deliver critical supplies. The agency’s response is totally appropriate and without question the right thing to do,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA President and CEO.
Unfortunately, the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) distributed a call-to-action asking its members to pressure states to resist the effort.
“It looks as though NATSO wants drivers to remain largely beholden to truck stops at all times, even during a national crisis,” said Spencer. "With such a totally self-centered and shortsighted perspective, we are not surprised they are fighting even temporary support for truckers in getting the meals they desperately need and are struggling to find while on the road."
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.