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Small business ELD exemption ‘not likely’, analysts say

February 8, 2018 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) continues in the U.S. And while some trucking operations have secured temporary waivers, analysts at FTR Intel believe a bid to exempt small carriers outright is unlikely to succeed.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked regulators to exempt small businesses making less than US $27.5 million in revenue, that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and have a safe record with no attributable at-fault crashes. It would last five years.

An exemption like that – already rejected during the regulatory review process – would essentially gut the mandate for ELDs, and has been opposed by the American Trucking Associations and safety advocacy groups. Eighty-one percent of over-the-road trucking companies, and 93% of one-truck operators among them, have had no DOT-recordable crashes in the past two years, FTR notes.

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OOIDA wants ELD exemption for small businesses

November 27, 2017 by elizabeth

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – With less than a month before the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate comes into effect in the United States the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has submitted an exemption request for small business carriers.
OOIDA has requested at least a five-year exemption for motor carriers classified as small businesses according to the Small Business Administration in the Untied States, and with no attributable at-fault crashes or a Carrier Safety Rating of Unsatisfactory.
Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the OOIDA says small-business truckers who have proven their ability to operate safely shouldn’t be subjected to the regulation, citing cost as a barrier to obtaining the devices.
Spencer also cited self-certification by vendors of the devices as one of the biggest issues brought up by the group, calling the devices unproven and uncertified.
“Most small-business motor carriers can ill afford to make these purchases only to learn later that the ELD is non-compliant. Yet they are required to do so or risk violation,” said Spencer.

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Teamsters, OOIDA look to autonomous truck rules

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO — As U.S. legislation to govern autonomous passenger vehicles pushes forward, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and Teamsters Union are both weighing in with thoughts about the path toward rules for autonomous trucks.

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OOIDA files petition opposing ELD mandate

August 30, 2017 by elizabeth

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) threw another punch in their battle against the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, yesterday.
The group filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) saying that 26 states have not yet incorporated the new regulation into state laws, and are not authorized to enforce the rule until they do so.

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OOIDA pushing against “bad” regs

March 27, 2017 by John Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is launching a campaign to push back against bad trucking-related regulations.

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OOIDA wants speed limiter language removed

September 21, 2016 by John Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is asking the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations not to reference mandated speed limiters when drafting federal spending measures.

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OOIDA checks in with provinces on parking shortage

June 20, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The U.S. Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says it’s been reaching out to Canada’s provincial ministries of transportation to gather data for its new truck parking shortage committee.

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Speed Limiter Debate Rolling Again in Ontario

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WELLAND, ON. – Ontario Justice of the Peace says speed limiter law violates the Charter during a week of pro-limiter reports.

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EOBR Debate Re-Ignites

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WASHINGTON – ATA and OOIDA step up debate on EOBRs.

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OOIDA challenges speed limiter legislation

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — Speed limiters may be an affront to NAFTA, so says the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).

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OOIDA concerned with new engine standards

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is asking U.S. policymakers to rethink implementing engine emission standards at this time.

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Got your ears on Barack?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Barack Obama’s team is getting an earful about your industry, courtesy of the organization that represents American owner-operators.

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MPP launches last-ditch challenge of speed limiters

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

QUEEN’S PARK, Ont. — Enactment of mandatory speed limiter legislation is only weeks away in Ontario, but that didn’t stop a provincial lawmaker from questioning the government’s rationale behind the law as truckers continue to struggle in recession.

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OOIDA challenges Canadian EOBR logic

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

OTTAWA — The U.S.-based Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association doesn’t think electronic on-board recorders will enhance safety, fix hours-of-service problems or respect driver privacy, and let a Canadian working group know it.

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OOIDA challenges speed limiter legislation

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO — Speed limiters may be an affront to NAFTA, so says the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA).