GRAIN VALLEY, Mo., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) filed a petition
today asking for a review of the Department of Transportation's
cross-border trucking program and a stay on the program pending that review
in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The Association contends the DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration, in its zeal to open all U.S. highways to Mexico-domiciled
trucks, did not follow congressional directives and legal requirements.
"We believe we have a strong case against what is being called a pilot
program, but is actually a stealthily implemented, pre-ordained plan to
fully open our highways to Mexican trucks. This is all done in the name of
global economics and cheap labor," said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice
President of OOIDA.
Yesterday, Spencer stood alongside several members of the U.S. House of
Representatives urging members of the Senate to pick up the work started by
the House back in July. The House approved an amendment to its
transportation funding bill from Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, to prohibit the
use of federal funds to implement the Administration's pilot program to
allow Mexican-domiciled trucks into the U.S.
The Senate has not taken any action yet on the matter, but the Senate
Transportation Appropriations bill is expected to be on the Senate floor
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national
trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking
professionals and professional truck drivers. OOIDA was established in 1973
and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, MO, area. The Association
currently has more than 155,000 members from all 50 states and Canada.
SOURCE Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association