Truckers Slow Roll to Sound Alarm on President Biden’s Plans for Trucking
Joplin, MO – A three-day protest to the Biden Administration’s regulatory agenda regarding the trucking industry culminated today with a slow roll truck convoy in Missouri.
A group of truckers representing various trucking groups joined together on Thursday for a slow roll demonstration to express their opposition to new regulations expected to be imposed by President Biden and the Democratically-controlled U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
More than a dozen trucks convoyed along I-44 from Joplin, MO to Bois D’Arc, MO and then back to Joplin, according to Gerald Johnson, one of the participants.
Johnson, who is known by his followers on social media as “Trucker G,” told Transportation Nation Network (TNN) today’s demonstration was all about bringing awareness to important issues.
“We have issues in this industry that need to be changed,” Trucker G said. “Truck drivers need to unify and make our voices heard.”
Particularly troubling to Trucker G is the Democrats’ expected plan to dramatically increase motor carriers’ liability insurance minimum.
Democrats led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi passed legislation last year to raise the minimum from $750,000 to $2 million.
It was blocked by Republicans in the Senate.
However, now that Democrats control the House, Senate and White House, multiple trucking insiders tell TNN to prepare now for the inevitable.
“Oh, it’s going to happen,” Dan Doran, recent past chairman of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) told TNN last week. “The only question is how high will it go? It could go to $4 million really easy. We had a sympathetic Trump Administration for the last four years that kept that from happening, but now, who knows?”
Lisa Schmitt, co-host of the popular Blog Talk Radio show, Trucking Across America with the Schmitts, also participated in Thursday’s slow roll.
She says such an increase would be devastating to thousands of small trucking businesses.
“The regulations President Biden is going to put in are going to put small businesses out of business,” Schmitt warned. “We need small businesses.”
Drivers slow rolling in Joplin MO the bring awareness to the regulations coming to devastate our industry. pic.twitter.com/ZiOQH1fqvX
— Trucking Across America with the Schmitts (@LSchmitt_TAAWTS) January 21, 2021
Other issues the coalition is deeply concerned about include the likely possibility that speed limiters and side skirts will be mandated for all big rigs, Biden’s progressive climate agenda which analysts agree will send fuel prices soaring, and the rapid deployment of automated trucks on America’s roadways.
Schmitt says the coalition of trucking groups that participated in today’s slow roll — which include: StopTheTires2020, The Disrespected Trucker, Black Smoke Matters, and RoadWarriors — intend to host more events like these in the future.
“Our whole goal is to reach more drivers and more of the public,” she said.
TNN will continue to follow new developments.
Photos courtesy of Trucking Across America with the Schmitts/Twitter