Washington D.C. – The Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is not enforcing federal law.
Many truckers continue to fume about those who are staging protests along major U.S. roadways and why local, state and federal law enforcement officials aren’t doing more to prevent them.
The demonstrations have led to multiple deaths and injuries as well as extended delays for motorists and truckers along those routes.
A much discussed federal law known as the Hobbs Act makes it a crime punishable by up to 20 years in jail to obstruct, delay or affect commerce by robbery or extortion or threaten physical violence to any person engaged in interstate commerce.
The SBTC is now suing the USDOT for not enforcing the Hobbs Act.
In an amended complaint filing to its lawsuit first filed in April of this year, the SBTC is accusing USDOT Secretary Elaine Chao of failing to “enforce the Hobbs Act to protect commercial motor vehicle drivers who were physically attacked, beaten and often killed by protestors around the country.”
“Plaintiff’s proposed amendment adds a count to the complaint relating to Defendants’ failure to follow Congressionally mandated regulations in response to the recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests around the country that are disrupting the flow of commercial motor vehicle traffic and in many cases causing the injury and death of truck drivers, including members of the SBTC,” the complaint reads.