SPECIAL REPORT: OOIDA fighting ‘unique and historic battle’

| 8/31/2007

Friday, Aug. 31, 2007 – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is pulling out all the stops to counter the continued push by the Bush administration to open the border to Mexican motor carriers.

Right now, no one beyond the White House, top brass at the DOT and the Mexican government know the specifics of when, where and how the program is going to go down. But, that isn’t deterring OOIDA.

In a letter to Association members, Jim Johnston, president and CEO of OOIDA, assured members that OOIDA is “doing everything that we possibly can to stop the DOT.

“We are fighting a unique and historic battle in that we and our coalition have won several significant victories on Capitol Hill, and yet the administration continues to roll forward in defiance of Congress, the American people and the laws of our land,” Johnston wrote.

Johnston explained that once the DOT finally moves in an “official fashion” to start the program, OOIDA will file a legal challenge to put a stop to their efforts. The Association will also continue its efforts on Capitol Hill to rein in the DOT.

He calls on members and all concerned truckers, family members and friends to call their elected officials in Washington, especially their U.S. Senators, and encourage they act now to stop this ill-thought program.

To see the complete letter, click here.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor