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A little bit of home in every box

Truckers come through big again for annual Truckers for Troops campaign

With more than 26,000 active service men and women serving in hostile zones in Afghanistan and Iraq alone, truckers dug deep during the 2014 OOIDA Truckers for Troops campaign raising $52,528 to provide care packages for our military personnel.

In the seven previous years of the annual event, more than $406,000 has been raised to provide more than 2,500 care packages serving nearly 30,000 troops. This year’s event brings the total donated to more than $458,000.

To raise money for the care packages, truckers can join OOIDA or renew their membership for $35, with 10 percent of that money going toward care packages for U.S. troops stationed in combat areas overseas. OOIDA matches the 10 percent dollar for dollar. Straight donations to the cause are also accepted.

The care packages are not your traditional fare. The packages cost approximately $190 for the contents and another $50 to mail. They are packed with enough stuff for all the members of a unit.

The boxes contain socks, lip balm, hot sauce, candy and  fun stuff like Silly String and Frisbees. Specialty boxes for women serving or for units with service dogs are sent on request, too.

Letters and handmade cards from children are popular items. Since the packages will not start being shipped until January 2015 and will continue throughout the year as funds hold out, there is still time to contribute cards.

The cards and letters can be sent to Norita Taylor at OOIDA. Taylor says it’s best to not include personal information like addresses and telephone numbers.

OOIDA is also asking for the names and address of troops serving in active combat zones for package delivery. Call the name and address in to Nikki Johnson at OOIDA at 816-229-5791. You can also e-mail her at LL


Truckers will appeal in lawsuit against CARB

OOIDA plans to appeal a recent court order dismissing its lawsuit against the California Air Resources Board. OOIDA’s lawsuit was filed against CARB in December 2013 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, in connection with the Truck and Bus Regulation.

The court dismissed the lawsuit in October 2014 saying OOIDA failed to include the Environmental Protection Agency in the lawsuit as an “indispensable party” and that the court lacked jurisdiction over the challenge. The court said the EPA had approved CARB’s regulation as written, and whether or not they had the power to do so should be reviewed by a court of appeals.

Before filing the appeal, however, OOIDA filed an amended complaint in the U.S. District Court in which it added new claims for owner-operators who have been fined for violating the CARB regulation after OOIDA filed the lawsuit.

OOIDA asked the district court to permit those claims to proceed under a clearly established rule that the district court has jurisdiction to hear claims from victims of unconstitutional enforcement actions by state officials. If the court agrees to apply this rule, then the case against CARB should proceed without the need for an appeal. If the court again refuses jurisdiction, OOIDA will take an immediate appeal.

OOIDA contends that the CARB regulation violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and that only Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce. The Commerce Clause prohibits state laws and regulations that discriminate against interstate commerce or unduly burden interstate commerce. OOIDA is seeking an injunction, saying the regulation is unconstitutional and discriminates against out-of-state truckers.

OOIDA says that CARB regulations have caused, and will continue to cause, irreparable harm to truckers who have been shut out of the California market because of the costs of compliance.

The CARB regulation requires 1996-2006 model year trucks more than 14,000 pounds to be replaced or retrofitted with particulate matter filters and prohibits older trucks that have not been replaced or retrofitted from operating on public roads in California. The rule was effective Jan. 1, 2012. LL