OOIDA government affairs goals for 2008
- Pursue solutions to safety, work loss and homeland security concerns caused by the influx of foreign drivers on America’s highways; ensure the enforcement of federal cabotage laws.
- Pursue initiatives that will effectively increase highway safety; oppose unfounded and anticompetitive measures that are falsely promoted as safety initiatives such as mandatory speed limiting technology for commercial motor vehicles and federally required electronic on-board recorders.
- Ensure federal and state authorities enforce and codify regulations that protect the economic vitality of small businesses in the trucking industry.
- Establish full transparency in trucking-related transactions; promote the full pass-through of fuel surcharges to individuals bearing fuel costs.
- Pursue solutions to loading/unloading problems; coerced lumping and excessive detention time.
- Pursue solutions to maintain a safe and efficient national highway system through equitable and cost-efficient highway funding; oppose the privatization of existing public transportation infrastructure.
- Promote hours-of-service rules that reduce driver fatigue, provide for efficient vehicle operation and ensure compliance by all stakeholders.
- Expand the number of safe and secure places for trucks to park.
- Promote tax and exemption incentives for the attainment and usage of idle reduction/low emission technology; establish uniform idling guidelines.
- Increase broker registration oversight and surety bond requirements; expand the enforcement of existing laws governing freight brokers.
- Promote mandatory driver education and training for all entry-level truck drivers; promote the implementation of graduated CDLs.
- Remove truck drivers’ exemption from the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for overtime pay and promote hourly compensation for employee drivers.