Trucking coalition urges lawmakers to fight costly unfunded mandates, including 65 mph speed limiters
A coalition of 31 trucking and trade groups is urging Congress to halt four bills it claims would cost the industry billions of dollars in “burdensome” unfunded mandates.
The coalition sent a letter on Sept. 16 to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), chairman, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), ranking member, of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), chairman, and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member, of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. According to the article from the freightwaves.com and its author Clarissa Hawes
“As Congress begins to craft the next surface transportation reauthorization, we write to express our opposition to a series of bills that would impose tens of billions of dollars in unfunded mandates on American businesses engaged in trucking,” the letter states. According to Hewes.
The four bills are:
- H.R. 3773, the Safe Roads Act, which would require new CMVs to be equipped with and utilize an automatic emergency braking (AEB) system.
- H.R. 3781, the INSURANCE Act, which would increase the minimum liability coverage for motor carriers from $750,000 to over $4.9 million. This increase would apply to all businesses transporting property, not just long-haul trucking operations.
- H.R. 1511/S. 665, the Stop Underrides Act, which would require the installation of the front, side and rear underride guards on all trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) that exceeds 10,000 pounds and all single-unit trucks with a GVWR greater than 10,000 pounds and a carriage that is more than 22 inches above the ground.
- S. 2033, the Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019, which would mandate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) over 26,000 pounds to be equipped with speed limiters set to 65 mph.
Read the full story, and see all the members of the coalition who are opposing the bills HERE
Source and credits: freightwaves.com / Clarissa Hawes / iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski