- THE MAGAZINE
The Web site for the Independent Truckers of America continued an active call for a trucker protest in Washington DC though some media reports said it had been cancelled.
Listing every grievance from hours-of-service regulations to NSA surveillance, a group claimed to be organizing a protest that called for truck drivers to block highways around Washington DC during the weekend of October 11-13. Drivers on Interstate 495 were to mount their three-day protest by driving 55 miles per hour in an effort to slow traffic and draw attention to a laundry list of issues.
The American Trucking Associations and the owner-operator group OOIDA both issued statements that they were not involved and do not support the any unlawful acts of protest.
Among the issues raised by the group claiming to organize the protest were the 34-hour reset rule recently upheld by a federal court. The group also cited other federal regulations, the price of fuel, lack of parking, and the health care program (Affordable Healthcare Act) which went into effect as the government entered a partial shutdown.
A document on the Web site announcing the protest lists some of the reasons for the protest as: independent motor carriers living on poverty wages, fuel prices, a need for regulatory changes, and a series of other claims.
It was unclear how extensive a protest might be, if it occurs at all. Area police forces were quoted as saying they were prepared to keep highways clear and safe but would not interfere in a protest as long as the vehicles comply with the law.