I have finally done it. I’ve joined the OOIDA.
Why Join the OOIDA?
I have reasons for joining now, after so many years. Recently, I’ve been feeling the pressures from the trucking industry, which I never felt to this degree over the past few decades. Truckers are seriously loosing ground and the profession is in jeopardy.
Why I Became a Trucker
There’s a certain freedom involved in being a trucker. That’s what attracted me to a career as a truck driver.
Back in the day, we worked hard, we ran hard and were well paid. We were treated well too. For the most part, the authorities left us alone to make a decent living.
There were a few states which were a bit tough on us: Iowa with their length laws and California scrutinizing our log books frequently. But overall, trucking was pretty good.
Too Many Rules and Regulations
The last number of years I’ve been feeling the pressure from within the industry. These issues really take away the joy of being a professional driver.
Truckers independent by nature. That’s what makes drivers successful and do well at their jobs. They are able to stay out on the road for extended periods of time.
Sometimes though, this independence works against drivers, especially because drivers are so transient, due to the demands of their job. It’s difficult to get things accomplished when drivers are on the road for long periods. Drivers don’t have the time to battle the desk jockeys and the suits who make up the numerous rules and regulations governing the industry, which inadvertently hurts drivers.
Speed limiters, platooning, sleep apnea screening, dash cams on drivers, increased gross allowable weights on interstates, introduction of autonomous trucks and numerous other ideas rolling out….. by individuals who ‘drive desks’, not trucks.
The OOIDA Leads With Intelligent Thought
I think we need to get together and fight back against these ridiculous rules that are being introduced.
The OOIDA will represent the professional driver in such matters, that the average single driver, who just doesn’t have the time for, given their transient style of work.
The OOIDA has numerous benefits for the trucker such as fuel cards, insurance benefits, discount benefits for truck parts etc.
Personally, I’m interested in the united voice the OOIDA presents to Washington, representing the professional truck driver. I want to be part of a voice, which has the best interests of the trucker in mind.
Truckers need protection from self-interest groups pushing rules to be implemented……groups such as the Shipper’s Coalition, the Coalition for Transportation and Productivity to name a few.
When I joined the OOIDA, it felt like the right decision. The OOIDA carries a certain level of common sense which they inject back into our industry. Click To Tweet
Common sense is badly needed in trucking.