Truckers speak out against low freight rates, ‘price gouging’

June 2020

Mark Schremmer

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As freight rates tumbled during April and early May, hundreds of truck drivers took part in demonstrations or protests.

A series of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., even caught the eye of President Donald Trump.

“I’m with the TRUCKERS all the way,” President Trump posted on Twitter on May 3. “Thanks for the meeting at the White House with my representatives from the Administration. It is all going to work out well!”

President Trump’s post appeared to be in response to protests held that weekend by truck drivers speaking out against historically low freight rates. The president’s post did not offer any insight as to how the problem would be fixed.

OOIDA said it supported truckers’ efforts to get their voices heard.

“We applaud the recent trucking protests in Washington, D.C.,” OOIDA President Todd Spencer said. “OOIDA was established as a result of similar protests nearly 50 years ago. When done properly, this form of activism can generate interest from lawmakers, regulators and the general public. In short, job well done.”

Similar demonstrations or protests were reported in Hartford, Conn., and El Paso, Texas.

WTNH reported that truckers held a rally in Hartford on May 2 to raise awareness about price gouging and brokers profiting from the national emergency.

KTSM reported that hundreds of trucks gathered in El Paso on May 1 to demand better freight rates. According to the report, several drivers received citations for impeding traffic. LL

Mark Schremmer

Mark Schremmer, senior editor, joined Land Line in 2015. An award-winning journalist and former assistant news editor at The Topeka Capital-Journal, he brings fresh ideas, solid reporting skills, and more than two decades of journalism experience to our staff.