Mexican truck issue on agenda for OOIDA board’s biannual meeting

| 4/18/2007

Having come in from 20 states across the country, members of the OOIDA Board of Directors are at the Association’s headquarters in Grain Valley, MO, this week for their regular business meeting.

Their full agenda began Wednesday morning with President and CEO Jim Johnston and other officers meeting with the OOIDA Foundation Advisory Board. The full board meeting runs through Saturday, and updates from the Association’s government affairs staff are among the board members’ top priorities.

If and when the U.S. will open its border to Mexican motor carriers for a pilot program is one of the hottest topics in the industry right now and Rod Nofziger, OOIDA director of government affairs, traveled from the Association’s office in Washington, DC, to give the board members the latest news on the situation.

Nofziger is scheduled to discuss the status of three different pieces of legislation moving through Congress that could stall the opening of the border until certain safety and logistical concerns can be addressed.

OOIDA board members are also scheduled to discuss pending proposals at the federal level that seek to require trucks to have speed limiters and “black boxes,” also referred to as electronic on-board recorders.

Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA regulatory affairs specialist and a 20-year veteran of produce hauling, will report on his testimony last week at a Food and Drug Administration public hearing about food safety regulations related to produce hauling.

The board agenda also includes discussion of Canadian issues with Joanne Ritchie, executive director of the Owner-Operators Business Association of Canada.