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Trucking Calls on Washington to Have a Productive 2014

January 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With Congress returning to Washington this week, leaders of American Trucking Associations called on lawmakers and policymakers in Washington to take several steps to improve the nation’s economy and make our highways safer.

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“This time of year is a good one for self-reflection and analysis,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “We hope our leaders in Washington will take the necessary steps to make our roads safer and improve the flow of goods in our economy.”

ATA’s list includes:

    --  Identify sustainable, efficient and reliable funding for our nation's
        roads and bridges rather than seeking out the "easy money" of tolls and
        privatization;
    --  Advance important safety technology rules, including ones that limit the
        speed of commercial vehicles and electronically record drivers'
        hours-of-service;
    --  Be more precise in defining "large trucks" and in looking at crash
        accountability so the trucking industry's safety record can be more
        accurately measured and understood;
    --  Analyze the first phase of the Environmental Protection Agency's
        greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for large trucks before
        hastily moving ahead with a second phase;
    --  Review and reconsider the recently changed hours-of-service rules -
        particularly the restart provision;
    --  Use data and science, rather than emotions, when reviewing and
        establishing truck size and weight regulations;
    --  Create a long-overdue clearinghouse for drug and alcohol test results;
    --  Improve government data and databases, from CSA to security screenings
        and background checks to completing the long-overdue Vehicle Inventory
        and Use Survey;
    --  Work with state agencies to place far greater focus on commercial and
        noncommercial vehicle traffic enforcement rather than the current trend
        of more roadside vehicle inspections.

“January is a time when we take stock of where we stand and set goals for the coming year,” said ATA Chairman Phil Byrd, president of Bulldog Hiway Express, “and we sincerely hope that our government leaders will take some time to reflect and to take these common sense, and in some cases, long delayed actions to improve highway safety, the environment and the efficiency of our economy.”

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation’s freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Good stuff. Trucks Bring It!


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