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Overdrive Staff | November 01, 2010

“We’re proud to help a deserving driver climb back in the cab and start hauling again,” says Steve Clough, president of Arrow Truck Sales. 

The winning trucker will receive a one-year lease on a Volvo VNL tractor, courtesy of Volvo Trucks North America; a one-year work agreement with Heartland Express; and other products and services from companies such as Michelin, Pilot Flying J, Thermo King and ATBS.

Arrow will accept nominations until Dec. 5 at www.backontheroad2011.com. The winner will be announced in March.

— Staff reports



Congress eyes diesel tax hike

The American Trucking Associations is backing a bill that would establish a national freight planning process, financed through a 12-cent increase in diesel taxes and use of federal funds.

Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) introduced the Freight is the Future of Commerce in the United States Act, or the Freight FOCUS Act.

It would prioritize funding via a new assistant transportation secretary, who would lead a new Office of Freight Policy. H.R. 6291 would have public and private sector involvement in freight planning, use funding to alleviate highway choke points and provide money to mitigate the effect of goods movement on the environment and health.

It would create a Goods Movement Trust Fund for merit-based grants for transportation projects. This fund would require money from a specific mode be limited to projects benefiting that form of transportation. The private sector would have a say in funding through a new National Freight Advisory Committee.

The legislation would be financed by a diesel tax increase and a $3 billion annual transfer from the General Fund into the Goods Movement Trust Fund.

The bill’s diesel tax increase will be insufficient to address current surface transportation problems, ATA said. For this reason, the association is encouraging Congress to pass a similar hike in gas taxes to fund additional projects.

The bill was referred to the Transportation and Infrastructure committee, along with the Ways and Means and Rules committee.

On July 22 the Focusing Resources, Economic Investment, and Guidance to Help Transportation Act was introduced in Congress. The FREIGHT Act, or S.3629, would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop a National Freight Transportation Strategic Plan and create an Office of Freight Planning and Development.

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