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Owner-Operator Group Challenges Call for Ferro Resignation

June 24, 2014

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A group of a dozen owner-operators is challenging the call of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for resignation of the top federal truck safety official.

“Most of us are members of OOIDA and we respectfully disagree with our leadership on this issue,” the group said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

“We are writing to refute the position of the OOIDA Board of Directors and management requesting the resignation of FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro.”

OOIDA complained to Foxx that Ferro has not been impartial, citing a DOT blog post that “looked like it had been written by trial lawyers,” said executive director Todd Spencer.

Spencer said the blog was designed to influence a congressional vote on suspending the 34-hour restart provision of the hours of service rule – “not something federal agencies are supposed to be doing.”

OOIDA asked Foxx to replace Ferro with someone who “will approach professional truck drivers with respect and fair treatment.”

The 12 owner-operators countered with the observation that Ferro has made an extraordinary effort to reach out to the industry by conducting listening sessions at truck shows and truck stops, and answering calls on radio shows.

“We believe these actions demonstrate the extra effort she puts forth to gain the knowledge she needs to make some very tough decisions,” the owner-operators said.

“By actually mingling with the blue-collar people in the industry, she has fostered a unique safety culture in our industry. Never, before the introduction of (the) CSA program, has safety been on the lips of so many industry leaders and professional drivers.”

The owner-operators also lauded Ferro for her support for better driver compensation. Ferro has testified before Congress in support of legislation that would require carriers to pay drivers at least minimum wage for the time they wait to load and unload.

Ferro “recognizes that most truck drivers today, especially in the truckload sector, are experiencing increasing difficulty remaining financially solvent while operating in compliance with safety regulations,” they said.

The owner-operators are: Jerry Fritts, American Overland Freight Services; Henry Albert, Albert Transport; Bob and Linda Caffee, Caffee Enterprises; Jeff Clark, Clark Trucking; Tom Kyrk; Jeannie Silk; Rick Ash, Hat Trick Enterprises; Shawn Hubbard; Jimmy Nevarez, Angus Transportation; David Wimot; and Scott Kinley.

Some of these are members of the Trucking Solutions Group, an organization formed in 2008 to share best business practices and improve driver health.

Comments

  1. 1. Arnold [ June 25, 2014 @ 03:52AM ]

    Gee.... Could the dozen supposed O/O opposing OOIDA on the Anne Ferro issue possibly be the only left wing clowns out here or could the left be behind the trumped up apposition from the start? No O/O in his or her right mind would stand against OOIDA on the matter of truck hating Anne Ferro! Ridiculous!!!.

  2. 2. Danny [ June 25, 2014 @ 05:25AM ]

    12 out of thousands but they agree with the big government crowd so it is big news.

  3. 3. Jammer [ June 25, 2014 @ 06:07AM ]

    I DON'T agree with those twelve at all. They seen to over look the facts here. First, ya she took the time to supposibly listen to drivers, but do she inact any of those suggestions that were important to the drivers,NO! Second, she bases her ruling on unfounded, unfinished studies. She acts as though SHE knows best, after a few meetings with drivers. I have been driving for over 29yrs now and the rules she so arregently protects, are not of common sense AT ALL, and hides it under the name of SAFETY! An prime example of her NOT using COMMON SENSE, is not being able to stop the 14hr rule. Now your FORCED to drive when your tired, if we could stop the clock to take that well NEEDED nap, I think they would be surprised at the results of just that ONE change. And lastly, the 34hr restart rule, is just CRAZY!! I just came off one of these 34hr resets and I sat for 42.25 hrs. That's just NUTS!! And if all I'm worth to sit at a dock for long hours is minnamin wage, that will barley cover my fuel cost to stay cool or warm.

  4. 4. Joe [ June 25, 2014 @ 08:26AM ]

    I actually think it was pretty courageous what this group did. Not surprised at the "mob" mentality when it comes to supporting every rant coming out of Grain Valley - even when its plain dumb!

 

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