The U.S. Senate’s Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee’s bipartisan highway bill is not nearly as disappointing as the bill passed last week by the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
At 5 am eastern this morning, when many truckers were either starting their day or still asleep in their cabs, the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed a highly partisan highway bill, H.R. 3284, the INVEST in America Act.
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, today released his highway bill proposal which includes an unnecessary increase in minimum liability insurance for motor carriers that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association says is a poison pill.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded to the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee’s recently unveiled highway bill proposal with disappointment that it fails to address the need for truck parking – a top safety concern for millions of professional truck drivers.
Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association commended Republican members of the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure for flatly rejecting proposals to increase motor carriers’ minimum liability insurance requirements in their 2021 highway bill proposal, the STARTER Act 2.0.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said in a letter to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that if last year’s proposed highway bill is a template for the upcoming version, the organization will again adamantly oppose it.
A group of U.S. Senators have said that small-business truckers and other industries that rely on trucking cannot bear the financial burden of a policy that could end up in the next transportation reauthorization bill. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association commends U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) for encouraging his colleagues to sign a letter opposing an unnecessary increase in federal liability insurance requirements for motor carriers.
Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today released his much-anticipated highway bill proposal, starting the House’s long process of developing its version of the next surface transportation reauthorization.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports provisions in the bill including increased funding for highway construction, $250 million for truck parking projects, provisions that will help limit excessive detention time and predatory lease-to-own schemes, new restrictions on tolling, and further analysis of questionable H-1B Visa use within the trucking industry.