OOIDA’s Spencer blasts ATA, asks FMCSA to work with Congress on ELD delay

Chris Spear, President & CEO of the ATA
This is Chris Spear. He is the President and CEO the ATA. Which means he works directly for the CEO’s of the largest carriers in this country. His letter is an attempt to send a signal to Congress and the public. That message? Nothing to see here…move along.

It’s not going to be that easy Chris.

Check out the article in the link below.

Land Line Magazine article regarding ATA’s letter to FMCSA


Operation Black and Blue #OP3WASH

I wonder what 10,000 rigs in the Capitol will sound like to our representatives?

Demands For Washington for special session

Some of these don't apply to ALL COMPANIES.

1. ELD Mandate To Be Abolished
2. Eliminate 14 HOS
3. Restructure the FMCSA to have over half of the members be former truck drivers/owner -operators from the raw material sectors, owner-operators, small trucking companies, highway freight sectors and only 1% being from the mega carriers. Other members of this panel will include members with a history involved in the transportation business and organizations.
4. Abolish Speed Limiters/ Split Speeds
5. Abolish CSA Scoring
6. Toughen Up CDL Training and Educate Public about Commercial Vehicles
7. Higher Standards for Driver Trainers
8. Parking Availability
9. Fines for SHippers and Receivers
10. Abolish Government Subsidies to HB1 Visas and to New Drivers Incentives Going Through Driving Schools
11. Driver Paid Miles and On-Duty Pay
12. Driver's Right to Protection And Privacy
13. Employers Responsible for fees and Fines Upfront
14. Limit Truck Wreck and Ambulance Chaser Attorneys
15. Emission Controllers Be Overhauled and Less Power to Emission Exploitation
16. Emission Control Levels to be under Federal Juristriction ONLY, and prohibit the States in policing their own Environmental Emission Controls actions
17. Prohibit No-Idling laws for Truckers
18. Repeal the Statutory acts from Map 21 and Fast Act
19. Stop Overreaching Congress Members Manipulating Laws and Mandates with Changes without Proper Consent or vote notifying the Transportation Industry of changes before putting into law.
20. Repeal CARB and Over Restrictive California Mandates
21. Prohibit the use of tax dollars from being taken away from the roads and infrastructure to pay subsidies to mega carriers and associated operations and businesses that would enhance and encourage mishandling of funds for other than the repair and maintenance of the roadway system in the nation.

#truckershadenough #truckersunited #truth #truckersagainstelogs #chromeandsteelradio #livetrucking #OP3WASH

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What #OperationBlackandBlue is going to Washington DC for….PLAIN AND SIMPLE. #washingtonpost

A Letter to Rep. Mark Meadows, 11th Congressional District, North Carolina #OP3WASH

A letter regarding the upcoming ELD mandate and the protest rally in Washington DC October 3-8.

Here is a copy of a letter I sent to my Congressional Representative. #OP3WASH #truckershadenough



Rep. Mark Meadows

11th District, North Carolina

Re: Co-Sponsor HR3282 and Operation Black and Blue

Congressman Meadows,

I am writing to you today for two reasons. The first is to urge you to co-sponsor and/or support Congressman Brian Babin’s (R-Texas) bill regarding the ELD mandate for the trucking industry. The bill, H.R. 3282, is called the ELD Extension Act of 2017. While I am only one voice in the sea of many thousands you represent, I hope you will read this letter and understand my concerns as both a small business owner and an owner operator.

The electronic logbook issue is complex and entities like the ATA (American Trucking Association) and its mega-carrier membership like to muddy the waters every chance they get. The issue isn't about safety. The issue isn't about HOS (Hours of Service) compliance. The issue is about control and monopolizing this country's transportaion dollars. 

A large mega-carrier is able to negotiate huge discounts for ELD units and monthly monitoring service at enormous discounts. Small carriers and independent truck owner operators cannot. The same mega-carrier can self-insure their fleet and not feel the consequences of putting poorly vetted and poorly trained drivers behind the wheel (harming the reputation of professional drivers among the rest of the driving population) without the burden of drastically increased insurance rates. As you might imagine, the small carriers and independent truckers cannot. This mandate, which has been pushed by the ATA and its membership since day one, will accomplish one thing and one thing only. It will add yet more expense and regulation to a sector of the transportaion industry that is already drowning in both. Organizations like OOIDA have been staunch advocates for the independent owner operators over the years but they have been fighting an uphill battle since day one.

The second item is regarding Operation Black and Blue. If you haven't heard about this movement over the last few months, you surely will soon. 10,000 truckers will be coming to Washington DC to visit you and your colleagues at the State House. I imagine that 10,000 tractors will be something even your most apathetic colleagues will be hard pressed to ignore. I for one will be there. Maybe we’ll bump into each other.

There are still too many questions to be answered. Too many discussions that haven't taken place. Please support this bill to give us time to rally more companies and drivers to this cause. Support HR3282.

Sincerely yours,


Phillip Shuart

Resident, Henderson County, 11th District, North Carolina