Johnston also encouraged DOT to examine the effect of driver compensation on performance. Economic pressures that force drivers to drive more miles or take more loads in a shorter period of time, compounded by long uncompensated waits at loading docks, lead to more truckers driving unsafe speeds to make ends meet, Johnston wrote.
Johnston also questioned whether FMCSA or NHSTA has the authority to create a rule that would effectively set highway speed limits. Congress returned that authority to the states in 1995, he wrote. Many states already have rejected the split speed limits that 68 mph governors would impose, Johnston wrote.
In his final point, Johnston expressed OOIDA’s belief that ATA’s primary motivation in its petitions was to reduce competition among motor carriers. “In announcing this petition,” Johnston wrote, “ATA officials admitted that one purpose of the petition was to reduce the economic advantage of those motor carriers who have chosen not to adopt speed governors over its members who have.”
- From Staff Reports
NATSO Opposes New Highway, Bridge Tolls
NATSO is “strongly opposed” to new tolls on highways and bridges, whether added to new or existing lanes, its board has decided.
The National Association of Truck Stop Owners opposes tolls even if the new fees are for purposes of creating new roads and bridges. Tolls are double taxation for truckers, who already pay 40 percent of highway users’ fees, NATSO said.
Also, toll construction and maintenance cost far more than the current federal fuel tax system can provide, NATSO said.
The association supports the continued use of federal fuel taxes as the main source of highway funding. “The highway user fees that have been deposited into the Highway Trust Fund provide a fair, user-pays system for funding highway construction,” NATSO said in its Nov. 6 statement.
The association backs increases in federal fuel taxes, but only if imposed for the sole purpose of funding roadway and bridge maintenance and construction. It also wants government officials to focus highway funding on freight corridors.
It does not support the indexing of motor fuel taxes and the diversion of state and federal highway user fees to non-transportation purposes.
- Jill Dunn
TCA Picks Company Driver of the Year Finalists
The Truckload Carriers Association, in conjunction with Truckers News, has named the 15 finalists for the 2007 Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest.
The contest honors employees of TCA member fleets who have logged more than a million miles while adhering to the strictest safety standards.
TCA will announce the top three winners at its annual convention March 11-14, 2007, at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas.