NASSTRAC is working to coordinate a Washington "fly-in" on
Feb. 1, 2012, and encourages its members to participate in this event, which will include a dinner reception the evening on Jan. 31, legislative and political briefings the morning of Feb. 1, and orchestrated meetings between attendees and members of Congress.
With pending legislation and advocacy issues threatening to dramatically raise transportation and supply chain costs, more than 10 industry associations have agreed to participate in a pro-trucking Washington fly-in on Feb. 1. This industry-wide event, called "Stand Up For Trucking" will bring together scores of transportation executives and key stakeholders in trucking. This orchestrated effort is historic because both shippers and carriers are working collectively to let their voices be heard so that their Congressional and Senate representatives understand that trucking is a vital national asset that contributes to the well-being of this country.
According to Mike Regan, chairman of NASSTRAC’s advocacy committee, the fly-in will focus on three advocacy goals that both shippers and carriers in general support:
- Enact a multi-year highway bill that reforms the program and focuses funding on critical freight corridors.
- Pay for highway infrastructure in the most efficient way – through taxes on fuel, including diesel fuel rather than tolls. To raise the same amount of money, tolls must be significantly higher than a fuel tax because they are very expensive to administer and, if operated by a private entity, must provide a healthy return on investment. Tolls also constitute double taxation, since vehicles pay both existing user fee taxes plus the toll.
- Stop burdensome laws and regulations that impede productivity and increase the delivered cost of goods, including proposed changes to the hours of service regulations for truck drivers.
There is no registration fee for this industry-wide Washington fly-in but registration is required. For more information and to register, visit www.StandUpForTrucking.org.
A discounted hotel room block has been negotiated for all participants at the Courtyard by Marriott Capitol Hill/Navy Yard, 140 L Street SE, Washington DC 20003, Reservations: $179 per room night, 202/479-0027
(Make sure to reference NASSTRAC room block to receive the discounted rate). This is a 10-minute walk to Capitol Hill / 2-minute taxi ride. This room block is limited so make your reservations today!