Good News For Truckers As U.S. Senate Passes Highway Bill
Grain Valley, MO…The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest trade organization that represents the rights of professional truck drivers, thanked the U.S. Senate for its passage of a two-year surface transportation reauthorization bill today.
“We are grateful for the hard work and progress made toward finalizing a highway reauthorization,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA Executive Vice President.
“While not perfect, the passing of this bill represents an important step forward in reforming our surface transportation programs back to where they belong, which is to focus on maintaining and improving our roads and bridges.”
The bill also includes many important provisions that are mostly beneficial to truckers, such as addressing the truck parking shortage, reforming freight brokerage rules, and studying heavy-duty truck cab crashworthiness standards.
“While there are still complications such as an EOBR mandate in this bill, we are relieved that a significant first step has been taken,” added Spencer. “This bill has a long way to go before it gets to the president’s desk, and OOIDA will continue to fight against costly and unnecessary mandates.”
Additionally, the Senate voted in favor of an amendment by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) which will prevent U.S. highway tax dollars from being diverted for privatized highways. The bill resisted efforts by many to expand the ability of states to add new tolls to our interstate highway system.
“This is good news for small-business truckers and all highway users,” said Spencer. “We look forward to a House passage of its version of the bill so that the needed changes can move forward. And, specifically, we would like to commend the hard work of Sen. Barbara Boxer. While we may not always agree, the ability to pass legislation of this size in the current political climate is admirable,” said Spencer.
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 150,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo., area.