OOIDA: Human Trafficking Bill Unfairly Singles Out Truckers

July 14, 2017

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has come out against the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, recently introduced in Congress by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), because it believes the bill unfairly singles out truckers.

OOIDA said it supports efforts to combat human trafficking and is a supporter of Truckers Against Trafficking, a group dedicated to fighting human trafficking through the trucking community, but took issue with the bill becaus it only targets truckers.

The bill (S.1532) would disqualify individuals from operating a commercial vehicle for their lifetime if they used a CMV to commit a felony involving human trafficking. 

“Human trafficking must be fought on many fronts,” said Sen. Thune, chairman of the Commerce Committee, said in a press release. "Our legislaton is a starting point for prevention and enforcement againstthe use of a commercial driver's license in human trafficking."

“We are exasperated that at a hearing where truckers were applauded for their critical role in combatting human trafficking that any lawmaker would single out that same profession for a crime that happens everywhere,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA executive vice president.

“Truckers are on the front lines of defense in the battle against this horrendous, global crime by way of identifying, reporting and ultimately preventing it,” he added.


  1. 1. Russ [ July 17, 2017 @ 10:11AM ]

    Well no more sleeper sex, for fear that you could potentially lose your license by some disgruntled person that is willing to lie about the nature of what actually took place, for example an ex wife, girlfriend ect.

  2. 2. Joe Knudson [ July 17, 2017 @ 12:39PM ]

    If you are involved in human trafficking you should go to jail for life. Doing this should take care of the issue of ever letting that driver get behind the wheel again.

  3. 3. Ron [ July 21, 2017 @ 03:17AM ]

    Exactly right, Joe. Why would they even be free to begin with?

  4. 4. Chris [ July 21, 2017 @ 03:32AM ]

    Ill feel sorry for humans when they start farming them for food. Till then dont care.

  5. 5. Lanesurfer [ July 21, 2017 @ 05:22AM ]

    Damn, Chris,, bitter much ??

  6. 6. Steve p [ July 21, 2017 @ 09:54AM ]

    So what does the OOIDA want? Three strikes and you're out? The fact is that if you are convicted of commiting a felony while operating a CMV you lose you're license for life. That is nothing new.

  7. 7. Douglas Kirk [ July 23, 2017 @ 07:57AM ]

    The trouble as I see it is everybody thinks there's something special and sacred about driving a truck, so we have all these tests and endorsements and inspections and goofy rules, etc. The same people turn around and treat drivers as if they're the lowest life form ever found. To put truck drivers on the front lines in the fight against terrorism, drugs, human trafficking, etc is ridiculous. I don't have time to keep track of what everybody else is doing, and for the government to insist on taking your license for various imagined offenses is beyond stupid...

  8. 8. Eric [ November 10, 2017 @ 01:39PM ]

    I agree that truckers are being targeted when it comes to human trafficking. My state now requires a TAT training certification to renew your CDL. I shouldn't be forced to join a organization to renew my license.


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