GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — In a letter to President Donald J. Trump, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says the president should meet “real” truckers.
OOIDA Acting President and CEO Todd Spencer noted the president’s remarks during a tax reform speech that “America first means putting American truckers first” and that “no one knows American like truckers know America.”
“We agree with your assertion,” Spencer wrote. “It is equally true that no one knows truckers like OOIDA knows truckers.”
Spencer told Trump that small business trucking companies, which comprise 96 percent of registered motor carriers, appreciate the “support and respect you have publicly shown our industry during your first year in office, but believe it is imperative that you meet with Americans who actually drive for a living to better understand their unique challenges and address their distinctive needs.”
The letter was critical of Trump for not stepping into the electronic logging device controversy.
OOIDA vigorously opposes ELDs.
“While your administration has done a remarkable job rolling back several excessive trucking regulations, professional drivers are perplexed and disappointed that their shouts for relief from the disastrous ELD mandate have not been embraced by the White House,” Spencer wrote. “This $2 billion Obama-era regulation is the most costly, disruptive and controversial trucking mandate in the history of our industry.”
Spencer told the president that the countless OOIDA members who supported his election reasonably believed Trump’s efforts to provide regulatory relief to truckers would begin with this “expensive and harmful mandate. Now that the regulation has taken effect, many small-business truckers are frustrated and disenchanted because their serious concerns were never fully recognized or addressed.”