Focus on Supporting Truckers and Ensuring Freedom for All
In a campaign event held at Iowa 80, the World’s Largest Truckstop, presidential candidate Ramaswamy revealed his detailed plan to support truckers and guarantee freedom for all. Joined by officials from CDL Drivers Unlimited, the group representing approximately 4.7 million CDL drivers in the U.S., Ramaswamy emphasized the importance of addressing key issues in the trucking industry.
Priority on Driver Retention and Safety
Ramaswamy’s trucking policy outlines a shift in focus from driver recruitment to driver retention for economic efficiency. Citing a 2019 study showing a staggering 91% turnover rate among CDL drivers, including frequent changes between carriers, he aims to promote driver safety and well-being. The plan includes comprehensive mental health policies, enhanced truck parking safety measures, and common-sense hours of service regulations.
Cracking Down on Fraud and Protecting Independent Contractors
Another important aspect of Ramaswamy’s policy is addressing fraudulent practices and protecting the rights of CDL drivers as independent contractors. He vows to use investigatory power to combat broker fraud and to stand against state-level efforts that aim to limit the freedom of CDL drivers. By taking these steps, Ramaswamy aims to create a fair and secure environment for truckers.
Seeking Support at the Iowa Caucus
Ramaswamy is actively campaigning for the GOP nomination and hopes to garner support at the upcoming Iowa Caucus next month. However, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, he currently trails behind candidates like former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and the incumbent leader who maintains a significant 50% support among primary voters.