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February 16, 2014 - Industry News

Arbitration Action Filed Against U.S. Over Mexican Trucking

Mexico’s biggest trucking association has filed a $30 billion dollar arbitration claim against the United States for refusing to fully open the country to trucks from south of the border, as called for in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Safety & Compliance, Supreme Court, Teamsters, President Obama

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

New FMCSA Rule Targets Willful Violators

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s newest enforcement tool is a shutdown order for carriers that flagrantly disregard the safety rules. Under a final rule to be posted this week, the agency can suspend or revoke the authority of willful repeat violators, and impose civil or criminal penalties.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, MAP-21, Regulations, Fleets, Drivers, GAO, Werner Enterprises, FedEx, Congress

January 13, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Will Not Review Mexico Cross-Border Program

The Supreme Court will not hear an owner-operator petition to overturn the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, NAFTA, OOIDA, Supreme Court

December 23, 2013 - Industry News

Supreme Court Schedules January Vote on Mexico Petition

The Supreme Court will decide January 10 whether or not to hear a petition to overturn the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Teamsters

December 9, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Truckers for Troops to Send Care Packages

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association's seventh Truckers for Troops care package campaign is going on this week. The fundraising effort is an OOIDA tradition since 2007 and has a head start with a donation of $5,000 from Shell Rotella. Truckers for Troops raises money to pack and send care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones.

Tags: Charity, OOIDA

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Over California Truck Regulations

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, against the California Air Resources Board on Friday, in connection with the Truck and Bus Regulation.

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Trucks, California, OOIDA

December 6, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Revokes Around 2,000 Freight Broker Licenses

UPDATED -- Nearly 10% of the nation’s freight brokers no longer have their licenses following new federal regulations that took effect requiring a higher bonding amount, while another source says the number is even higher.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Freight, Brokers, AIPBA

November 20, 2013 - Industry News

34-Hour Restart Faces Test

The stage is set for a political grilling of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at a House hearing Thursday on the hours-of-service rule. Amid relentless criticism of the 34-hour restart and 30-minute break provisions of the rule, agency administrator Anne Ferro will be called on to explain and defend the agency’s decision-making.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Congress, HOS, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, ATRI

November 4, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Asks for Supreme Court Review of Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a request with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a recent lower court decision upholding the federal government’s long-haul, cross-border trucking program with Mexico.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Supreme Court, Teamsters

October 14, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Lawsuit Against New York Over Highway Taxes

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 8 against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance challenging the constitutionality of certain highway taxes for all trucks using its state highways.

Tags: OOIDA, Litigation, New York, Taxes

September 19, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

Tags: ATA, Congress, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

September 12, 2013 - Industry News

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Legislation, Safety, ATA, Sleep Apnea, OOIDA

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Safety Advisory Committee Airs Driver Medical Issues

Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari visited a safety advisory panel meeting Tuesday and trucking leaders there took the opportunity to raise some industry concerns.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, OOIDA, MCSAC

September 10, 2013 - Industry News

Rock Band Kansas Headlines at OOIDA Trucking Show

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and Lucas Oil will play hosts to rock band Kansas as part of a series of free concerts and music scheduled during the Heart of America Trucking Show.

Tags: OOIDA, Events, Heart of America Trucking Show

July 26, 2013 - Industry News

Court Upholds Mexico Pilot Program

UPDATED- A federal appeals court upheld the Obama administration’s pilot program for long-distance trucking across the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied petitions by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to declare the program illegal.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA, Teamsters, NAFTA

June 25, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Launches Truckers for Safety Campaign

A national association representing professional truckers has launched a new campaign to address the biggest safety gap in the trucking industry: the lack of basic training standards for new drivers.

Tags: OOIDA

June 18, 2013 - Industry News

"Somewhat Contentious" Hearing on Hours of Service, EOBRs Also Discussed

Trucking is a diverse industry, so "one size fits all" regulations are problematic, say critics.

The hearing by the House Highways Subcommittee offered the major contenders in the perpetual HOS wars a chance to air their complaints, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the chance to defend itself.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Hours of Service, OOIDA, HOS

June 17, 2013 - Industry News

Government Affairs Director Named at OOIDA

Ryan Bowley has been named Director of Government Affairs by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

Tags: OOIDA

June 6, 2013 - Industry News

New Study Puts Spotlight on FMCSA Insurance Requirement

Uninsured liabilities increasing for trucking companies, according to a new report. (Graphic: actuarial firm of Bickerstaff, Whatley, Ryan & Burkhalter)

A group of trucking companies released research indicating that the federal insurance requirement for the industry is too low, but others such as ATA and OOIDA disagree. The Trucking Alliance, a group of seven carriers that lobby for safety legislation on Capitol Hill, found that the dollar settlements in some cases were far above the $750,000 minimum federal insurance requirement.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, Insurance, OOIDA, Litigation

June 5, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Appeals for Rehearing on Pilot Mexican Trucking Program

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the largest organization in the U.S. representing the rights of professional truck drivers, filed an appeal in its lawsuit against the Department of Transportation and its cross-border trucking program with Mexico on Monday, June 3.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, OOIDA

June 3, 2013 - Industry News

Teamsters Again Challenging Mexican Truck Program

The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.

Tags: FMCSA, Cross-Border Trucking, OOIDA, Teamsters, Mexico

May 28, 2013 - Industry News

FMCSA Outlines Survey Plans for Electronic Onboard Recorders

In 2011 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia Circuit vacated the FMCSA's plan to mandate electronic recorders for hours of service because it had not addressed harassment.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to survey drivers and carriers on the role of electronic onboard recorders in driver harassment. Harassment became a key issue in the pending EOBR rule when an appeals court, acting on a challenge by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, said the agency needed to pay more attention to this concern.

Tags: FMCSA, ATA, OOIDA, EOBR

May 24, 2013 - Industry News

OOIDA Files Second Lawsuit Against FMCSA Over Safety Records

What happens when a violation is thrown out in court?

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a second complaint with the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding its safety records and the DataQ appeal process.

Tags: FMCSA, CSA, OOIDA, DataQ, Enforcement

April 19, 2013 - Industry News

Court Rejects Plea to Halt Mexico Pilot Program

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Friday morning handed down a blanket dismissal of a bid by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the Teamsters union to overturn the pilot.

Tags: Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, NAFTA, OOIDA, Teamsters

April 18, 2013 - Industry News

Rod Nofziger Named OOIDA Chief Operating Officer

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has named Rod Nofziger chief operating officer.

Tags: OOIDA, Owner-Operators

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