Ninth Circuit Rejects OOIDA lawsuit over Cross Border Trucking Program

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association against the Department of Transportation in connection with the Cross Border Demonstration Project.

The court ruled the lawsuit was moot because Congress recently ended the program.

OOIDA immediately went into whining mode the ruling, but the association said it had faith that Congress will continue to place a high priority on the safety and well-being of the American public.
(Make that read we will continue to bombard Congress with lies and misinformation to push our agenda)

OOIDA contends the trucking pilot program had extended illegal, de facto exemptions to safety laws while allowing Mexico-based trucking companies and truck drivers to operate on highways throughout the United States. However, no illegal “de facto” exemptions were ever extended to the participants in the Cross Border Program. This was but another unfounded misrepresentation by OOIDA executives.

In late March, OOIDA had asked for the court to rule on arguments related to the long-standing legal challenge to ensure that the DOT would not rely on flawed data from the terminated pilot program to evaluate or develop a new program. In response to OOIDA’s arguments, the Department of Justice submitted a brief to the court on April 2 stating that such action by the DOT could be contested in a challenge to a new program.