OOIDA urges truckers to call on NY truck ban

| Friday, July 10, 2009

A proposed rule that would ban truckers from seven key routes in upstate New York has made its way to the governor’s office for review.

For more than a year now, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and its New York members have been fighting against the New York State Department of Transportation’s plan to restrict trucks from certain state routes in the Finger Lakes region.

On Friday, July 10, OOIDA sent out a Call to Action to its New York members urging them to contact Gov. David Paterson about how this could prove disastrous for small-business truckers.

OOIDA Legislative Affairs Director Mike Joyce said the timing of this “couldn’t come at a worse time” for truckers who are just trying to survive during these challenging economic times.

The NYSDOT estimates its plan could cost truckers an additional $10 million per year in additional fuel, toll and operating costs if truckers are forced off these secondary roads and on to the New York State Thruway.

While the original intent was geared toward restricting trash truck traffic on these particular routes in the Finger Lakes region, the ban would apply to all heavy trucks that use these roads.

This ban would prove detrimental to all trucking operations in the state. That is why Kendra Adams, the New York State Motor Truck Association executive director, is urging its members to speak out as well.

“(We) are prepared to do what is necessary to prevent the rule from being enacted,” she told Land Line on Thursday, July 9.

If Paterson signs off on the proposed rule, it would be published on the New York State’s Register, which would then trigger a 45-day public comment period.

“Given this economic climate, this is extra money our members just don’t have right now,” Joyce said.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer