Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What does the election mean for truckers?

The upcoming election is certainly the hot topic around the country. But, given the seemingly relentless legislative and regulatory attacks on truck drivers, this election in particular has many wondering what any outcome holds.

In fact, this upcoming election and its effect on truckers and trucking issues was a big topic of discussion during the OOIDA Board of Directors meeting held at OOIDA HQ this past month.

The short-version answer delivered to the board was that things rarely change much following a big election when it comes to trucking.

In addition to the obvious presidential election, a number of key congressional seats that are up for grabs involve lawmakers serving on committees overseeing trucking.

OOIDA Director of Legislative Affairs Jay Grimes reported that a number of longtime lawmakers who have served in key posts on trucking-related committees would be retiring at the end of the year. Names you may recognize retiring from the Senate include Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.; Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

In addition to those retirements, the OOIDA Government Affairs team is monitoring the elections of nine lawmakers up for re-election who currently serve on the powerful House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

“The issues for us don’t change much, regardless of who is in office,” OOIDA Executive President Todd Spencer told board members in his opening remarks. “On the regulatory front we are attacked by both sides. If we want regulators to treat small-business truckers fairly, we will have to fight to get that through to them.”