Support for trucking shutdown, convoy waning

| October 10, 2013

The number of trucks needed to lock up the Capital Beltway — one of the intentions of the Ride for the Constitution — is 17,000. And to fuel that many trucks? $13.5 million.

Support for this weekend’s Ride for the Constitution — billed variously as a shutdown, rally, buy-nothing protest and a series of convoys — has been falling in recent days with growing perceptions of a lack of credibility among its organizers and an overall lack of direction and organization. Support among Overdrive readers, too, has plummeted in recent days, falling to 35 percent midday Thursday, down from 38 percent Wednesday and 43 percent Tuesday. 

Capping the overall dissolution of the event was a D.C. convoy coordinator’s public admission that the extreme elements of his plan to take over the Capital Beltway — I-495 in the Washington, D.C., area — Friday in an attempt to cause a traffic jam and then move to Capitol Hill and arrest members of Congress was simply meant to “ruffle some feathers” of national media, according to a report in The Washington Post

Questioning the logistics of the shutdown, convoy in the capital

Those concerned with actually taking on over-regulation of the trucking industry have also expressed disappointment in the movement, due to its broad and slightly outlandish array of demands — such as removing President Barack Obama from office — and lack of clear focus on industry issues, like hours of service, unpaid detention time, etc. 

Moreover, trucking advocacy associations like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the American Trucking Associations both have expressed disapproval for the shutdown and convoy. 

Kevin Rutherford on the protests: Use your head, don’t shut down

In a statement OOIDA says it opposes the movement and its threats and says the shutdown only stands to damage the image of trucking and truckers: 

“The individuals leading this particular effort have no direct affiliation with trucking and appear to be using truckers in order to gain media attention and air other political grievances. We do not support assembling in an unlawful, unpermitted manner, committing crimes, making threats on our lawmakers, or behaving in such a way to cast safe, professional truck drivers in a negative light.”

The most effective way to effect change, OOIDA says in its statement, is to “conduct long-term campaigns and encourage an open dialogue between truckers and their representatives.” 

Poll: Will you be participating at all in the Ride for the Constitution?

ATA in its one-sentence statement says it does not “endorse or condone the activities of these few individuals.”

Related: Readers react to the Ride for the Constitution 

  • BigDogJunction

    LOL!

    Source: Media Matters?

    Please, bring something serious., They’ve been caught in so many cases of twisting, out-of-context… they would/could make the Pope admit he was gay.

    Go to Hell, with your propaganda, horseshit.

  • BigDogJunction

    Which is why we’re in the Shitville we’re in.

    People like you, that think only your vote counts.

    No, its our actions to. Your vote doesn’t count for much of anything.

  • MonsieurVerdoux

    How dare they quote her verbatim from her own website!

  • Mike

    Again. Easier said than done… Again thank you for your comments!!

  • Proud American!

    And what have all of you dissenters done to make things better?LOL Same as usual TALK TALK TALK TALK Maybe George Washington would have done better if he had just Talked his way through the Revolutionary Wars?LOL

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