Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
Contact: Norita Taylor, [email protected]
Headquarters: (816) 229-5791
For Immediate Release
Bipartisan truck parking bill passes House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which has worked for years to address the national truck parking shortage, heralded the advancement of H.R. 2187, the Truck Parking Safety Improvement Act, through the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill dedicates funding for increasing truck parking capacity, something disappointingly omitted from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021.
Todd Spencer, President and CEO of OOIDA, said it’s a major step forward but that there is still plenty of work to do. “We thank all the House lawmakers from both parties who have worked together on this and hope that the U.S. Senate will follow their lead by stepping up to address American truckers’ top safety concern.”
The bipartisan bill authorizes $755 million in funding over four years and ensures it will be free to park at facilities constructed with funding from the bill. It is supported by organizations representing professional drivers, brokers, law enforcement, safety advocates and the motoring public.
OOIDA thanks cosponsors Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Angie Craig (D-MN), as well as T&I Committee leaders Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), who all remained committed to fixing a worsening highway safety issue.
The Association said it will continue grassroots advocacy to get the bill passed through the U.S. House and encourage the Senate to act as well.
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