Tuesday, October 05, 2010

ATA backs bill protecting Highway Trust Fund

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The American Trucking Associations has thrown its support to a bill, the Freight FOCUS Act of 2010, which it says would protect “the depleted Highway Trust Fund” by requiring that funding for “critical freight transportation needs come from additional user fees paid by modes that benefit from projects.” Furthermore, the bill makes sure that revenue is distributed according to each mode’s financial contribution to the program, said the truck lobbying group.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.).

“This legislation will go a long way toward addressing critical bottlenecks on our nation's most important highway corridors,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “These chokepoints cost the trucking industry tens of billions of dollars each year, and force trucks to waste a tremendous amount of fuel. With Congresswoman Richardson’s help, we can begin to fix these problem areas, which will reduce shipping costs and lower emissions from all vehicles.”

ATA said it is “aware of other freight proposals under consideration by Congress and we look forward to continuing to work with members and the Administration to come up with the best available solutions to address the nation’s freight transportation challenges.”