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Starting Sunday, Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s Tour Truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, will be at the J.D. “Doc” Osburn TA in Boise, Idaho. That’s near Exit 54 on Interstate 84. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $10 discount. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: June 23, 2017.

Heard on the Air Archive

What does aviation have to do with trucking?

The House and the Senate are considering their versions of the reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration. Terry Scruton finds out why that matters for truck drivers from Jay Grimes of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Air date: June 23, 2017.

Talking points on ELDs

Electronic logging devices are still far and away the Number 1 topic Jon Osburn is fielding these days. Mark Reddig talks with the man who drives the Spirit of the American Trucker.

Air date: June 23, 2017.

OOIDA online – New FDA regulations

OOIDA is offering a new online class designed to help food haulers deal with some tough new regs from the FDA. Mark Reddig will find out more from Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation.

Air date: June 23, 2017.

Roses and Razzberries

From a homeless man rescuing a truck driver to the welcome demise of a very bad regulation, there’s plenty to like – and dislike – in the news. Mary McKenna and Terry Scruton will give you a taste of both. If you want to offer up your own Rose or Razzberry for our consideration, Offer a Rose or Razzberry or visit us on Facebook. Air date: June 23, 2017.

OOIDA issues update on ELD mandate

We wanted to provide you with a short update on our past and ongoing efforts against the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate.  At the bottom of this email you will also find a link to talking points that we have put together for you to communicate with your lawmakers regarding the harmful impact the ELD mandate will have on your business.                    

As you know, the legislative, regulatory, and legal history regarding the use of ELD's in commercial motor vehicles (CMV) is lengthy and complex.  OOIDA has challenged the mandatory use of ELD's in Congress, with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and before numerous legal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court.   

In 2010, OOIDA successfully petitioned the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to review an earlier version of a DOT Final Rule regarding the use of ELD's in CMV's.  In August 2011, the court ruled in favor of OOIDA and vacated the Final Rule stating that DOT failed to address the issue of driver harassment.  Accordingly, DOT rescinded their Final Rule but subsequently announced their intention to move forward with an amended proposal to address concerns identified by the court and other related issues.     

Shortly thereafter, in 2012, Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act [MAP-21 or Public Law 112-141].  Regardless of our strong opposition, section 32301 of MAP-21 required DOT to prescribe regulations mandating the use of ELD's in CMV's.  In December 2015, DOT published a Final Rule [FMCSA-2010-0167] with a compliance date of December 18, 2017.  OOIDA challenged the rule all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ultimately chose not to hear our case on June 12, 2017.  In effect, we have exhausted all of our legal options.       

While we are disappointed that some in Congress, DOT, mega carriers, and other interested parties seem intent on unnecessarily requiring ELD's under the guise of improving highway safety, the fight is not over.  We remain optimistic that Congress and/or the Trump Administration will consider repealing or delaying the mandate.  We continue to communicate with lawmakers on a daily basis highlighting the harmful impact ELD's will have on small-business truckers as well as the fact that DOT has failed to address a number of serious issues associated with the mandate.  In short, DOT will not be ready to roll this out on December 18.

Our message is resonating well with Congress and other impacted industry stakeholders, but we need your help.  We are leading a coordinated effort among a growing industry coalition and working nonstop on your behalf in Washington, DC, but your lawmakers need to hear directly from you.  Rest assured they are hearing from ELD supporters.

For your convenience, we have included some talking points that you might wish to use as you communicate with your lawmakers.  A copy of the talking points can be found by clicking on the following link:  ELD One Pager for OOIDA Members.pdf.  You can also find contact information for your lawmakers by clicking HERE and typing in your ZIP code. 

Again, we wanted to reassure you that OOIDA is doing everything in our power to repeal or delay the ELD mandate and we will continue to fight it until the very end.  We hope to provide you with another update soon and we thank you for your time, effort, and support of OOIDA.   


Todd Spencer

Executive Vice President


Effort in the works to cut tax on truck purchases

A member of Congress intends to eliminate the 12 percent Federal Excise Tax on truck purchases. Mark Reddig gets the details of the plan and will find out what its chances are from Collin Long of OOIDA’s Washington, D.C., office.

Air date: June 22, 2017.

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