U.S. Rep. Graves to hold roundtable on FAST Act motor carrier provisions

By Land Line staff | 4/8/2016

Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will lead a Subcommittee roundtable policy discussion next week on Capitol Hill regarding the implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. OOIDA’s Todd Spencer will be there to bring the priority needs of professional truckers to the table.

Signed into law on Dec. 4, 2015, The FAST Act is the first federal law in more than a decade to provide long-term funding for highways, highway and motor vehicle safety, hazmat safety, research and more. Importantly to truckers, the FAST Act authorizes funding for motor carrier safety and includes critical reforms to improve commercial truck and bus safety and reduce regulatory burdens.

Roundtable participants include Todd Spencer, executive vice president, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; Bill Quade, associate administrator for enforcement, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Dave Osiecki, executive vice president and chief of national advocacy, American Trucking Associations; Bill Blankenship, chief operating officer, Greyhound Lines, Inc.; Collin Mooney, executive director, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance; and Cathy Chase, vice president of governmental affairs, Advocates for Highways and Auto Safety.

Spencer said Friday that considering the participants, he expects Congressman Graves’ roundtable to discuss a variety of priorities in connection with the motor carrier provisions in the FAST Act. Spencer said some of those priorities for OOIDA are well-trained drivers, flexibility of hours, parking, and improving the efficiency of trucking by placing a tangible value on drivers’ time.

The roundtable is open to the public and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building.

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