Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
Contact: Norita Taylor, [email protected]
Headquarters: (816) 229-5791
For Immediate Release
OOIDA welcomes plans to authorize infrastructure investments, but remains cautious about funding
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association applauds leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives for unveiling a proposal for increased infrastructure investment which would authorize $760 billion over five years.
OOIDA recognizes the urgency of improving our nation’s infrastructure and looks forward to working closely with lawmakers to make sure a plan is put in place that does not burden small-business truckers.
“We applaud Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio’s efforts to boost critical funding for our nation’s highways,” said Todd Spencer, President of OOIDA. “This significant investment will improve road conditions, reduce congestion, and enhance highway safety. However, we remain skeptical of several proposals being promoted by his colleagues to generate the revenue necessary to fund this proposal, in particular a vehicle miles traveled tax – especially one that is exclusive to the trucking industry. We also strongly oppose any expansion of tolling authority. We realize more fuel efficient vehicles and electric vehicles aren’t paying their fair share, which is why Congress should be focused on creating equity among all users without imposing a vast new federal tax regime on millions of truckers who oppose it.”
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