Trucking Group Seeks Presidential Action to Protect Truckers Amid Nationwide Riots
Washington D.C. – A trucking group is urging President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr to take action to protect truckers amid ongoing nationwide riots in cities across the country.
As growing unrest has gripped dozens of cities from coast to coast, disturbing reports of rioters and looters targeting big rigs began emerging over the weekend.
Transportation Nation Network (TNN) was the first to report that Minnesota Governor Tim Walz revealed in an early morning press conference on Saturday that rioters were blocking roads and “raiding semis” in the Twin Cities.
Video of Minneapolis rioters attacking a UPS tractor-trailer emerged on social media only hours before Gov. Walz’s statements.
TNN also reported that a rioter died early Saturday morning in downtown St. Louis while attempting to loot a FedEx tractor-trailer.
Then on Sunday, a trucker operating a semi-tanker was beaten after he drove through a crowd of demonstrators along a bridge in Minneapolis.
He was apprehended by police and is facing a probable assault charge as authorities continue to investigate exactly what led to the incident.
SBTC Urges Presidential Action on Truckers’ Right To Carry
Amid the violence and utter chaos, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) sent an emergency plea to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Attorney General Barr on Sunday urging action to protect truck drivers operating in dangerous areas.
“America’s 3.5 million voting truckers are currently under attack by protesters in 30 cities across the USA,” wrote James Lamb, president of the SBTC. “The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) does NOTHING!”
So far, the USDOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has not commented about the ongoing civil unrest and the peril it is causing for truckers.
TNN reached out to the FMCSA on Friday seeking possible guidance from the Agency for truckers amid the increasing danger.
We have yet to hear back, but will update you when/if we do.
Lamb blasted the USDOT by pointing out the Department recently denied a request by the 15,000-member group asking Secretary Elaine Chao to issue an order exempting truckers from restrictive local and state gun laws.
At the heart of the SBTC’s legal argument is the theory that restrictive state gun laws are both a violation of the Second Amendment as well as the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution because such laws are an “interference with interstate commerce.”
In its denial, Larry Minor, associate administrator for policy with the FMCSA, informed the SBTC, “FMCSA does not have jurisdiction over firearms possession by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers engaged in interstate commerce, and the matter is outside FMCSA’s preemption authority.”
Lamb disagreed and argued, “The Constitution gives the Federal Government the right to use the Commerce Clause as a hook to override those state and local laws.”
In a statement to TNN on Sunday, Lamb said truckers continue to be poorly served by U.S. leaders.
“The SBTC has spent the weekend receiving reports of truckers coming under attack around the nation by opportunist hoodlums purporting to care about the death of an African American,” Lamb exclaimed. “We have implored Senators, Congressional Representatives, FMCSA, and the Secretary of Transportation to help truckers prepare for this very situation and override state anti gun laws with a preemption order so truckers have a fighting chance when attacked. They have all failed these drivers. Each and every one.”
Among other actions, he is asking Attorney General Barr to work with President Trump to craft an executive order to address the issue.
“Appealing to the President through A.G. Barr is our last resort to demand Justice. Only President Trump can fix this now. The buck must stop right here, right now, or drivers will die,” he said.
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