OOIDA welcomes new U.S. highway bill – Truck News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has welcomed the new highway bill, released Wednesday by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Committee chairman
Peter DeFazio said, “The
INVEST in America Act
is our opportunity to replace the outdated systems of
the past with smarter, safer, more resilient infrastructure that fits the
economy of the future.”

The bill offers increased funding for highway construction and $250 million for truck parking projects, OOIDA said.

It also has 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.

“Truckers will
also like what didn’t find its way into the bill, including speed limiter and
side underride guard mandates, an increase in minimum insurance requirements or
truck size and weight limits, and the lowering of minimum age requirements for
interstate drivers,” OOIDA said.

Association president
and CEO Todd Spencer said OOIDA’s efforts to shape trucking policies in the
proposal have been largely successful.

“We’ve
worked very closely with the chairman to ensure this bill addresses some of the
top priorities of truckers, while making certain it doesn’t include several
policies that would hurt small trucking businesses.”

But he said
some aspects will need to be
improved.

The association
emphasized that while the initial text released by DeFazio is promising in
several areas, it’s important to remember the bill could change drastically as
it moves through the legislative process.

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