Release Date: 26 August 2008
Release ID: 1510
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for making headway on a bill to put an end to an unsafe trucking program.
The bill, HR 6630, was passed on a unanimous vote and orders the Department of Transportation to terminate a pilot program for Mexican motor carriers. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Peter DeFazio, James Oberstar, John J. Duncan Jr. and John Mica.
The Association had sent a national alert to members on Wednesday to help encourage lawmakers to support the bill.
“Our members have been active in fighting this program for a long time by voicing their concerns to lawmakers and we thank them for staying involved,” said Todd Spencer, OOIDA Executive Vice President. “There is little doubt the administration will try to extend the program beyond its anniversary. They’ve consistently ignored Congressional directives to terminate it. It’s vital that this bill be passed.”
If passed into law, the bill will restrict the U.S. Department of Transportation from granting authority to allow any more Mexico-based motor carriers to operate beyond the commercial zone after Sept. 6. The next step is for the bill to be voted on by the full House, probably after the August recess.
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