Group Seeks Permit to Paint “Trucker Lives Matter” on Street Near USDOT Headquarters
Washington D.C. – A trucking group is seeking permission from the mayor of Washington D.C. to paint “Trucker Lives Matter” on a street located near the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) headquarters.
On Thursday, August 26, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) requested permission from Mayor Muriel Bowser to allow the 15,000-member group to paint its “Trucker Lives Matter” logo on New Jersey Ave. SE, directly in front of the USDOT.
In a letter to Mayor Bowser, Laurence Socci, counsel for the SBTC, writes, “It is imperative that policy makers in the Department of Transportation are fully aware and reminded daily that the policies they make affect lives of the hundreds of thousands of commercial motor vehicle truck drivers in the United States.”
Further, Socci states, “Unfortunately, truck drivers have come under attack by protesters who want to disrupt the flow of traffic in cities and towns across America. Many of these attacks have led to truckers being injured and, in many cases, killed. The Department of Transportation has done little to help truckers being attacked across the country.”
The SBTC filed suit last month in U.S. District Court against the USDOT and Secretary Elaine Chao alleging that by allowing protests to be staged on interstates and highways, Sec. Chao is failing to enforce federal laws.
Despite a controversial ruling earlier this month dismissing an emergency motion filed by the SBTC, the case is continuing.
Click HERE to read why the USDOT says it doesn’t have to enforce a federal law protecting truckers.
Trucker Lives Matter Too
Also, in making its argument to Mayor Bowser, the SBTC points out that “District of Columbia streets are now being used as a public forum for expressive activity” by allowing a Black Lives Matter (BLM) mural to be painted on 16th Street.
The BLM mural was unveiled on June 5, 2020.
A “Defund the Police” mural was also painted on the roadway and Mayor Bowser renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza.
A growing number of cities across America followed Mayor Bowser’s lead and also commissioned BLM murals including Austin, TX; Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; and Los Angeles, CA.
However, the SBTC is not requesting any streets be renamed and says it will pay the costs associated with the project.
Additionally, the SBTC is requesting that the lettering be identical in size to the lettering used for the BLM murals.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor new developments.