By Sandi Soendker, managing editor
The government currently has 65 various rulemakings in the works, many of which take aim at truckers.
“This is an industry that is under siege from both the legislative and regulatory arenas, and we clearly have our work cut out for us,” said OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston in his opening statements at a recent gathering of the Association’s leadership.
Twenty-one members of the OOIDA Board of Directors, five officers and a slate of working staffers gathered at the end of April at the Association’s Grain Valley, MO, headquarters for the 2011 Spring Board Meeting.
The task at hand: evaluating this landslide of regulations and effectively focusing the Association’s resources.
Key agenda points at the Spring meeting were “overkill items” such as hours of service, EOBRs, even FMCSA’s intention to encourage local law enforcement agencies to become more aggressive in enforcing rules on commercial truckers.
“People in Congress have no idea how devastating some of these proposed mandates could be for truckers; they really don’t,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “It’s our job to get out ahead of bad decisions.” LL