OOIDA Takes Legal Action Against DOT

Independent truckers want Mexican pilot program delayed

Sep 07, 2007, 01:00 ET from Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

    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
 next week.
     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