2014 US Trucking News – OOIDA Battles ATA Proposals
A groundless and unfair program of the biggest fleets and federal regulators are being met head on by the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association (OOIDA). According to OOIDA, in the months ahead, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (HTSA) are planning to stir on a couple of rules that may irk both small-business motor carriers and truck drivers, and will not in any way help to improve the safety of highways.
These planned rules on authorizing electronic logging devices for all drivers and speed limiters on all trucks suffer from a strong lack of validation in research and evidence of any type of development when it comes to highway safety, according to the Association’s position on the rules.
Both rules are being pushed by large motor carrier groups, which include the American Trucking Association (ATA) and The Trucking Alliance and are supported by other groups such as Road Safe America and the Truck Safety Coalition.
OOIDA also pointed out that the agencies do not have enough research and the evidence that either device will develop regulatory fulfillment or improve highway safety. Instead, research into several huge motor carriers that operate the devices show records of compliance and crash involvement rates that are bigger than those motor carriers who do not use them.
The Association also continues to fight back against the two rules – with three more authorized arguments ready for electronic logging devices.
Rather than grabbing at gadgetry and driving the cost of agreement, OOIDA is making huge moves ahead of the next highway bill, in order to make real highway safety a cornerstone of regulations in the future.
Based on the reaction from members of OOIDA, which include men and women who have an average 25 years of experience in truck driving, and 2 million miles of accident-free trucking – The Association has made a four-pronged plan of attack.
The Truckers for Safety program concentrates on addressing both safety challenges and the future of the trucking industry, especially making sure that trucking is a practical career for the future through four huge focus areas.
Basic Driver Training
It just makes a lot of sense that if the driver is going to drive a truck loaded down with cargo, and weighs over 80,000 pounds, he should have an idea on what he is doing. The current state of driver training is filled with CDL mills and motor carrier on-the-job training, which has new drivers with only three to six months of driving experience themselves training the new drivers. The Association’s new rule concentrates on the long-haul, interstate tractor-trailer segments only.
This agenda item is clearly gaining footing in the Beltway, thanks to OOIDA’s hard work. That’s just the first of many steps towards making this a reality. The Association will resume lobbying for a bill to be introduced in Congress to authorize that FMCSA follow regulating driver training with the SMART Future Truck Drivers’ Act.