Realistic, workable strategies: OOIDA leadership sets 2005 agenda

OOIDA  Legislative/Regulatory
Agenda for 2005

Pursue the enactment of a mandatory 
fuel surcharge and fuel cost pass through
Pursue solutions to loading/unloading, 
lumping and excessive detention time
NAFTA – pursue solutions to job/work loss and 
homeland security concerns caused by the influx of 
foreign drivers on America’s highways; encourage 
the enforcement of cabotage laws
Pursue solutions to efficient and equitable 
highway funding; seek full tax credit offset 
for tolls on the National Highway System
Oppose increases in truck size and weights; 
maintain current standards
Expand the number of safe and 
secure places for trucks to park
Increase broker registration oversight 
and surety bond requirements; 
encourage enforcement of existing laws
Promote tax and exemption incentives for
the attainment and usage of idle- 
reduction/low-emission technology; 
establish uniform idling guidelines
Promote mandatory driver education 
and training for all entry-level 
truck drivers; promote the 
implementation of graduated CDLs
Assure fairness and privacy in 
background checks of truck drivers
Support roadworthiness of intermodel 
containers and chassis
Remove Fair Labor Standards Act exemption 
from overtime payment for truck drivers and 
promote hourly compensation for employee drivers.

By Sandi Soendker
managing editor

Planning, forecasting, setting objectives and determining plans of action – that was the job of OOIDA’s Board of Directors and executive officers when they assembled in November at the association’s headquarters in Grain Valley, MO. The board’s order of business focused principally on the association’s strategies for 2005 and shaping the organization’s official position on current key issues.

OOIDA President Jim Johnston swore in of five alternate board members. They are Dee Jones, Redfield, AR, member since 1992; Bruce Worth, Hartley, IA, member since 1993; Jim Moore, Caldwell, ID, member since 1998; William “Lewie” Pugh, Freeport, OH, member since 1998; and Sue Lynch, Prairie du Chien, WI, member since 1997. Lynch has served as alternate for the past two years.

OOIDA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Rick Craig updated the board on key regulatory actions, including background checks and idle-reduction measures.

President Johnston moderated a lengthy discussion on the new hours-of-service rules and the pending rulemaking on electronic on-board recording devices. The board agreed on the need for flexibility to accommodate the diverse needs of drivers and roundly rejected government efforts for mandatory black boxes.

OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer reported on the progress of the association’s current lobbying on Capitol Hill and future strategies in achieving target goals on behalf of the membership via the legislative arena. He announced the location of OOIDA’s new government affairs office in Washington, DC. The office is at 122 C Street NW, Suite 520. It is just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building and is next door to the U.S. Department of Labor.

OOIDA General Counsel Paul Cullen Sr. reviewed progress of the association’s legal actions. Cullen advised the board on cases now concluded or nearing conclusion and reviewed the status of pending litigation.

The OOIDA Board of Directors meets twice a year to conduct the association’s business, to assess organizational needs for various projects and to discuss specific and measurable goals regarding the association’s target issues. The next board meeting is scheduled for May 11-14.