Response to petition not surprising to OOIDA
(Grain Valley, Nov. 21, 2007) – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) expressed little surprise about how the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has responded to the legal challenge to stop the cross-border trucking program with Mexico.
The DOT claims OOIDA’s petition has no standing.
“It’s pretty much what we expected,” said OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Director Rick Craig. “Despite significant issues raised by Congress, ourselves and other credible organizations, DOT continues to assert a ‘We are the government so we are right’ mentality.”
The Association contends that DOT officials still have not shown how they will effectively deal with several significant safety and security issues. These include thorough background checks and drug testing, as well as enforcement of regulatory issues such as commercial driver’s licenses, hours of service and cabotage, not just at the border, but especially as Mexico-domiciled trucks operate throughout the United States.
“The government disputes and denies our arguments without any solid claims of their own. Their responses simply don’t hold water,” added Craig.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is the national trade association representing the interests of small-business trucking professionals and professional truck drivers. The Association currently has more than 157,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, MO, area.