Trucking Group’s Request For “Trucker Lives Matter” Street Mural Denied, Lawsuit Likely
Washington D.C. – A trucking group is readying a lawsuit against the mayor of Washington D.C. and other officials after its request to paint “Trucker Lives Matter” on a street near the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) headquarters was deemed “not feasible.”
Last month, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) requested permission from D.C. 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 its request to Mayor Bowser, the SBTC wrote, “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, the SBTC argued that disallowing its request would be discriminatory given the fact that Mayor Bowser recently commissioned “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police” murals along 16th Street.
Click HERE to read more about the SBTC’s request.
Emails obtained by Transportation Nation Network last week reveal Matthew Marcou, associate director of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), refused the request and directed the SBTC to Mayor Bowser’s office.
Marcou explained, “DDOT does not issue permits to install markings on open D.C. roadways or sidewalks. The District Government may commission markings on roadways and sidewalks.”
The Mayor’s chief of staff, John J. Falcicchio, who is also the deputy mayor for planning and economic development, then notified the SBTC its request was deemed “not feasible.”
Following the decision by the Mayor’s office to disallow the commissioning of such a mural, the SBTC is preparing to litigate the matter.
“D.C. appears to be granting preferential treatment to certain ‘social justice’ campaigns and discriminating against SBTC’s race-neutral ‘occupational justice’ movement,” an SBTC statement said. “We believe this constitutes a violation of our First Amendment right to free speech and equal protection of the law.”
In conjunction with National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and its expected lawsuit, the SBTC has launched a petition asking those who support its cause to sign their name.
“This week is National Trucker Driver Appreciation Week and we have been denied the right to paint the road during this time to make our point to USDOT and our elected leaders that #ThankATrucker is nice but taking action to protect their safety is even nicer,” the petition states.
Click HERE to read and sign.
TNN will continue to follow this story as it develops.