More lawmakers support OOIDA fuel surcharge legislation

The list of U.S. legislators supporting OOIDA’s new fuel surcharge legislation, HR2161, continues to grow. HR2161’s original sponsors are Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO). Original co-sponsors are Reps. Alan Mollohan (D-WV); Robert Ney (R-OH); Collin Peterson (D-MN); Ted Strickland (D-OH); William Lipinski (D-IL) and Corrine Brown (D-FL). Additional co-sponsors include Reps. John Doolittle (R-CA); David Bonoir (D-MI); Nicholas Lampson (D-TX) and Tim Holden (D-PA).

If approved by legislators, the mandatory fuel surcharge bill will create a mandatory fuel surcharge program for the trucking industry to help carriers and small-business truckers combat the effects of sudden fuel spikes. The Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity Act of 2001, HR2161, was originally introduced in the 106th Congress as HR4441, where it passed unanimously in the House in October 2000 but failed to make it to the floor of the Senate before its adjournment.

HR2161 would make it mandatory that motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders add a fuel surcharge adequate to cover the increased cost of fuel if it exceeds $1.10 by 5 cents. It will also mandate that the surcharge be paid by the party paying for the transportation service and that it be passed through in full to the party who pays for the fuel.