Truckstop Operators Take Industry Concerns to Congress

| August 02, 2001

For its part, NATSO agrees there are parking shortages in some areas but believes the best way to address the issue is through the private sector. “Lawmakers and their aides clearly agreed that it ought to be the private sector, not the government, addressing shortages,” Clower said.

States can only increase rest areas by contracting with private parties who want to commercialize those areas to receive a return on their investments. Federal law now bans commercialization on the interstate right-of-ways, but some state DOTs support efforts to overturn that ban.

NATSO’s position is that Congress should reject commercialization of interstates and urge state and local governments to remove zoning and other regulatory obstacles to building new truckstops or expanding existing facilities.

The conference concluded with a pie reception held in the Capitol. This is the fourth year the association has hosted representatives and senators with pie and ice cream from nearby
truckstops.

Truckstop Operators Take Industry Concerns to Congress

| August 02, 2001

For its part, NATSO agrees there are parking shortages in some areas but believes the best way to address the issue is through the private sector. “Lawmakers and their aides clearly agreed that it ought to be the private sector, not the government, addressing shortages,” Clower said.

States can only increase rest areas by contracting with private parties who want to commercialize those areas to receive a return on their investments. Federal law now bans commercialization on the interstate right-of-ways, but some state DOTs support efforts to overturn that ban.

NATSO’s position is that Congress should reject commercialization of interstates and urge state and local governments to remove zoning and other regulatory obstacles to building new truckstops or expanding existing facilities.

The conference concluded with a pie reception held in the Capitol. This is the fourth year the association has hosted representatives and senators with pie and ice cream from nearby
truckstops.

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