Jim Johnston, the longtime president and CEO of the Proprietor-Operator Unbiased Drivers Affiliation, handed away this week at his residence in Grain Valley, MO, after a year-long-battle with lung most cancers.
He’d led OOIDA since 1974, a 12 months after the group’s inception, working tirelessly on any variety of points that affected owner-operators, small fleets, and different independents working within the trucking business.
Associated: Highlighting the impression of the ELD mandate up to now on truckingDespite his sickness, Johnston continued piloting OOIDA in battle towards a number of contentious points, particularly the digital logging machine (ELD) mandate – although rule went into impact December 18 final 12 months, regardless of all kinds of efforts by the group to delay it, which included an attraction to the U.S. Supreme Court docket.
“The trucking business has misplaced a visionary and crusader for the rights of all truckers,” famous Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s govt vp, in a press release, who will now function the group’s performing president within the wake of Johnston’s passing.
“He [Johnston] beloved each minute he spent as a trucker, however when circumstances required it within the ’70s, he stepped down from behind the wheel to present a badly wanted voice to truckers,” Spencer famous.
“Each driver at present is best off due to that call Johnston made years in the past,” Spencer added. “He leaves behind a legacy of ardour and persistence that we are going to undoubtedly look to as our inspiration going ahead as we proceed the mission of the affiliation.”
Even sometime-adversaries took a second to salutes Johnston’s profession and legacy, most notably the American Trucking Associations (ATA). 
 “We’re saddened by the information of Jim’s passing,” stated Chris Spear, ATA’s president and CEO, in a press release.
“One of many first conferences I had on this position was with Jim and his workforce. He was a passionate chief for drivers and the business, advocating points that helped construct this nice nation,” Spear famous. “Jim by no means strayed from who he was and who he represented – truckers. Jim was a warrior and he will probably be missed.”


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