About 170 shippers participating in a “fly-in” to deliver a pro-trucking message to Congress Feb. 1 arrived just as House Republicans unveiled a transportation plan.
The trucking advocates arrived in Washington as the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee began mark up of a controversial five-year measure. The executives visited about 140 congressional offices to argue against laws and regulations they say are burdensome to truckers and raise transportation costs.
The fly-in was organized by shipper group NASSTRAC and supported by 12 industry organizations representing a broad array of shipping and trucking interests. Mike Regan, chairman of NASSTRAC’s advocacy committee, called for a multi-year highway bill that focuses funding on critical freight corridors, without adding tolls.
“We need to pay for in the most efficient ways possible,” said Regan, who is president of TranzAct Technologies, a third-party freight payment firm.
Regan cited recent changes to truck driver hours of service rules as an example of counterproductive policy that hurts shipping and the economy as a whole. The propose House highway bill includes language that calls for a review and field study of changes to the 34-hour restart provision that take effect in 2013.