LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents professional and small-business truckers, Thursday launched a campaign to encourage its members to push back against excessive trucking regulations.
The “Knock Out Bad Regs” effort, announced during the Mid-America Trucking Show under way here, will give OOIDA members the tools to hold the administration and Congress to their pledge to reduce regulations, an association official said.
“We are concerned that the promise to reduce regulations will instead turn into an effort by policy makers in Washington to add even more burdensome regulations,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president. “Congress should be working to eliminate costly regulations like ELDs and speed limiters rather than adding even more rules and red tape.”
“Knock Out Bad Regs” will help educate and encourage members on what they need to do in identifying their lawmakers in Washington and reaching out to them effectively, the group said.
“Our members have always been highly engaged in the process,” said Spencer. “But there is an urgent need to increase the volume going forward.”
“We hear you and we agree, excessive regulations are killing trucking as we know it. ELDs, speed limiters, overly restrictive HOS rule s… where does it end?” the OOIDA website reads under a graphic that depicts a fist smashing into a regulation.
“Interstate truckers must put up with thousands of trucking-specific federal regulatory rules. It takes a publication the size of a thick phone book and hundreds of pages of tiny print to contain all those regs, yet very few have been shown to advance highway safety,” the notice continues. “With a new president and Congressional leadership on Capitol Hill committing to reduce regulatory burdens on small businesses, we are launching a multifaceted campaign to rally the trucking community to push lawmakers and the White House to keep their promises.”
The website offers truckers the opportunity to participate in an online OOIDA survey to tell which regulations and rules “are the most harmful to you and your business” and asks truckers to send in stories about how bad regulations have negatively impacted them.
Visit www.fightingfortruckers.com for more information.