OOIDA on the road
The Spirit reaches out to company and other drivers across America
There has been a surprising refrain repeated at truck stops he has visited in Georgia and Florida this spring, says Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker.
What he heard from too many company drivers is that OOIDA does not represent them. Nothing could be further from the truth. OOIDA addresses issues that should be important to all professional drivers of commercial motor vehicles, regardless of whether you’re a company driver or not.
That is not the extent of OOIDA’s devotion to addressing the problems experienced by company drivers.
In fact, this spring the OOIDA Foundation conducted an anonymous 78-question survey focused on determining what issues are important to company drivers. Most other trucking industry surveys focus on owners, business managers, dispatchers and safety directors expounding on economic and regulatory issues. OOIDA, however, focuses its efforts to understand the opinions of the drivers, the people who truly drive the economy. What concerns them can differ greatly from what concerns mega fleet executives.
That isn’t all, though. OOIDA also has taken the sides of company drivers in dozens of class-action lawsuits over the years, fighting for the rights of truckers against companies including C.R. England, Pilot Flying J, Ledar Transport Inc., Heartland Express, Arctic Express, Bulkamatic Transport Co., and Bridge Terminal Transport.
The main reason Osburn hauls OOIDA’s trailer across the United States and back is to encourage all professional drivers to become educated on the issues and to get involved. He tries to get a copy of Land Line Magazine in every drivers’ hands and get them tuned into listening to Land Line Now.
Company drivers and all truckers need to have their voices heard, and OOIDA is here to help that to happen. LL