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OPINION: It’s time to act – America’s truckers must call Congress now

Truckers from across the country have been flooding the phone lines, asking for help during the current fuel price crisis. And I’m here to tell you, your calls have been heard.

OOIDA is encouraging every single trucker in the United States to call not only their congressman, but also both their U.S. Senators.

Tell them we must give small business truckers – the truckers who make up the vast majority of this industry – the same opportunities to weather this crisis and survive as the big carriers have.

Tell them that this one industry is disproportionately bearing the burden of a global crisis; that we need to stop middlemen from keeping money intended to pay for fuel.

Tell them it’s time to level the playing field – it’s time for them to take action.

Ask your elected representatives for a bill that includes a mandatory pass through of the fuel surcharge, and that includes full disclosure of all fuel surcharge information by everyone involved, including brokers and carriers.

Remind them that the cost of fuel is a national issue, an issue that affects every single American in some way. But truckers are bearing the brunt of this; government can’t solve the entire crisis, but we have to focus on what can be done, what is achievable.

OOIDA has been operating behind the scenes for some time, working on ways to help truckers in their time of need. But now is the time to do more – for all truckers to stand together and tell Congress to take action now.

The ultimate middlemen in trucking – brokers – are a particular problem. Many are keeping part or all of the fuel surcharge, taking money intended to pay for additional fuel cost and instead lining their pockets with it. It’s nothing more than exploitation of the shippers, the truckers … and ultimately, the consumers.

Talk to your shippers, talk to retailers you know – and tell them that the money they’re paying for higher fuel costs isn’t paying for the fuel. And ask them to call their members of Congress as well to support this cause.

Again, call or write now, and ask your elected representatives for a bill that includes a mandatory pass through of the fuel surcharge to the person paying for the fuel, and that includes full disclosure of all fuel surcharge information by everyone involved, including brokers and carriers.

You are represented by one person in the U.S. House, and two people in the U.S. Senate. You need to call the offices of all three.

It’s simple – just dial (202) 224-3121. That’s the U.S. Capitol Switchboard. Give that operator your ZIP code, and they can transfer you to the office of one of the three people who represent you. Then call again, contacting each of the three people on Capitol Hill who answer to you.

And remember this as well – Congress is out of DC until March 31st. While you can call their staff in DC during this time, it’s also a golden opportunity to meet your member of Congress while they’re home. Since this is a election year, they are particularly sensitive to what’s on your mind.

We’ll put details and some resources to help you out on our Web site, LandLineNow.com, under the heading heard on the air.

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