The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has penned a letter to Vice-President Elect Mike Pence asking for an end to the “one size fits all” regulations that they say are crippling small-business truckers.
After offering congratulations to Trump on his victory, OOIDA takes aim at the agencies that regulate trucking:
“Few bureaucrats in Washington, DC, understand that without the trucking industry, life as we know it would come to a grinding halt in less than a week – manufacturing would reach a standstill, grocery shelves would become bare, and hospitals would lack the necessary supplies to save lives.”
The letter continues:
“Over the past decade and a half, the federal government has released new regulations with unprecedented costs at unprecedented volumes.”
OOIDA Asks Trump For a Break On Trucking Regulations
The letter goes on to urge the Trump administration to halt three of the most controversial pending regulations, namely the ELD mandate, the proposal to require speed limiters, and environmental standards that drive up the cost of trucking equipment.
OOIDA argues that ELDs will be expensive and ineffective, as they will not measure time spent loading and unloading. OOIDA also asserts that ELDs do not offer any proven safety benefits and that they work against the interests of small carriers.
So far as speed limiters go, the letter says that they will decrease highway safety while forcing shippers to shuttle their cargo from small carriers to larger ones that have the capacity to put extra trucks on the road.
Finally, OOIDA urges the Trump team to act on the costly EPA regulations that make it difficult for small-business truckers to purchase newer, more environmentally friendly equipment.
You can read the letter in full in the document below.