July 2014

Overdrive Magazine | Trucking Business News & Owner Operator Info

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80 | Overdrive | July 2014 Logbook Text INFO to 205-289-3555 or visit www.ovdinfo.com The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association last month sent U.S. Transportation Secre- tary Anthony Foxx a letter asking for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Anne Ferro to resign and for Foxx to begin searching for a new adminis- trator immediately. In the three-page letter signed by OOIDA President Jim Johnston, the association says Ferro has a "clear bias against truckers and the trucking industry" and that the agency "can no longer perform its regulatory and enforcement duties impar- tially." The group also accus- es Ferro of violating federal laws that prohibit federally appropriated money to be used for lobbying purposes. The letter – and the claims about lobbying law violations – stem from a post published by Ferro June 3 in DOT's Fast Lane blog in which she asked Congress not to roll back the hours of service rule changes implemented in July 2013. OOIDA says Ferro's blog post illustrates an "extreme bias against the trucking industry and truck- ers in general." Meanwhile, a group of drivers and owner-operators representing diverse industry segments issued an open let- ter to Foxx supporting Ferro and contradicting OOIDA's demand for her resignation. – James Jaillet OOIDA demands Ferro's resignation OOIDA says FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro has a "clear bias against truckers and the trucking industry." Logbook_0714.indd 80 6/26/14 9:48 PM

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