What Have We Done For You This Week?
This week, the Ohio Trucking Association would like to inform you of the current advocacy efforts of OTA's grassroots initiative, Team 88. Team 88 was created to identify members from all 88 counties in Ohio who have developed or will develop personal relationships with their local Ohio legislators. On February 6, 2018, Team 88 members encouraged the EPA to give funding to trucking from the Volkswagen Grant. The EPA reached back out to OTA and told them of the overwhelming support from the trucking industry. On April 27, 2018, Team 88 members were encouraged to submit feedback to ODOT regarding Access Ohio 2045's efforts in shaping the future of the trucking and moving industries. On June 18, 2018, Team 88 members reached out to members of the House Ways & Means Committee to encourage their support of HB 155. This bill had a hearing on June 19, 2018 and passed out of committee. On June 20, 2018, a Call to Action was sent to Team 88 members, encouraging them to reach out to the entire House to garner support for HB 155. If you are interested in serving on Team 88, please contact Becky Calvin at [email protected], or 614-545-4463. Involvement in Team 88 requires very little commitment while still having a profound impact on legislation affecting the industry. Please join us on July 31, 2018, for a webinar including a legislative update as well as training on our new grassroots advocacy platform through ATA, VoterVoice.

House Being Lobbied by 42 Groups to Pass Younger Trucker Bill

No less than 42 trade associations, including the American Trucking Associations and others lobbying for grocers, restaurants, and food distributors, are urging House transportation leaders to back a bill introduced in Congress back in March that would create a training pathway for truck drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 to be able to operate in interstate commerce.