Friday, March 20, 2015

Repealed!

I just got this great news in a memo from OOIDA’s Director of State Legislative Affairs Mike Matousek.

We previously reported on a law that was enacted in Kentucky in 2013 that would require all motor carriers in the state to complete an annual educational training course before renewing their plates under the International Registration Plan (IRP).

Today, Mike says OOIDA sent letters to all Kentucky members announcing that this law has been repealed in its entirety, which means there is no longer an educational requirement tied to IRP.  

It was scheduled to take effect in 2016. The collective annual cost to OOIDA members was expected to exceed $100,000 while providing no benefit to owner-operators or public safety.   

In addition to the savings for OOIDA members – and all motor carriers in Kentucky – Mike says OOIDA saved a significant amount of money from the likely lawsuit that would have been filed against the State of Kentucky had the law not been repealed.    

We would like to thank OOIDA Members Gil and Mary Barany from Kentucky and OOIDA's General Vice President Woody Chambers of Eddyville, Ky., for their relentless work educating lawmakers about this issue. We would also like to thank Kentucky State Sen. David Givens and Kentucky State Rep. Richard Heath for their leadership in repealing this law.


But most of all, we would like to thank each of you who took the time to contact your state legislators in support of our effort.  Without you, the outcome might have been much different.