OOIDA Board meets
Plans for ’08 dominate fall agenda

Lewie Pugh, Quaker City, OH, listens as board members discuss speed limiters. Ken Becker background.


Board Member Bill Rode, Eagle, ID, gives the business report on behalf of the Scholarship Committee.

In view of changes at the federal level that will happen by the end of next year, the OOIDA Board of Directors tackled an agenda at its annual fall meeting that President and CEO Jim Johnston described as “heavy with ’08 strategies.”

The Board members convened at the Association’s Grain Valley, MO, headquarters in late September. Executive officers, attorneys and government relations staff joined them, all ready for a round of committee meetings followed by three days of full board sessions.

A highlight of the meeting that many board members saw as a core summation of OOIDA’s primary strategy for 2008 was the discussion of imprudent measures being pushed by industry factions and governments in the name of safety.

“OOIDA will work hard to oppose a number of initiatives now pushed as safety measures because we agree there are no safety benefits in any of these initiatives,” said Board Member John Taylor, Cross Junction, VA.

Taylor, a trucker for 52 years, cited examples such as lane restrictions and speed limiters as examples.

“Politicians don’t see this; in fact, they don’t believe when you tell them there’s no safety benefit in it and it is, in fact, misguided and it’s actually detrimental to safety,” Taylor said.

The OOIDA leadership prioritized a list of government affairs goals that included the revival of several critical and long-standing efforts.

“In 2008, we’ll have a new administration and many of our initiatives that have been deterred will see new opportunities to succeed,” said Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.

Government Affairs Director Rod Nofziger said the Association’s DC staff will be ready when the opportunities present themselves.

Board Members Ken Becker, Montgomery, TX, and Jim Mathews, Greeley, CO, discuss Becker's recent trip to a presidential debate where Becker questioned the candidates about the cross-border pilot program.

Nofziger said the development of a new highway bill will provide good opportunities for the Association, and therefore several critical issues have been integrated into a higher priority status on the board’s list of government affairs goals.

 “OOIDA initiatives such as mandated driver training and increased broker bonds have been hitting a brick wall with the current administration. We are hopeful that a new administration will provide excellent opportunities to push these critical issues to the forefront where they belong,” Nofziger said.

The OOIDA board of directors meets twice a year to conduct the Association’s business, to assess organizational needs for a range of projects, and to discuss and implement core strategies regarding the group’s target issues.

The next board meeting is scheduled for spring of 2008. LL