Legislators back OOIDA surcharge bill

Several more legislators recently signed on as co-sponsors of H.R.2161, known as The Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity Act of 2002. The bill creates a mechanism for owner-operators and small fleets to offset their increased cost for fuel when fuel prices rise rapidly.

Backing the bill are Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), the ranking member, Energy and Commerce Committee; Ike Skelton (D-MO),ranking Democrat, House Armed Services Committee; Shelly Moore Capito (R-WVA), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Tim Holden (D-PA), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; and Adam Smith (D-WA), House Armed Services Committee.

“The trucking industry is a vital part of our economy, and independent drivers deserve fair compensation for the essential tasks they perform for our nation. I co-sponsored H.R. 2161, the Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity Act, because it will help truckers recoup their diesel fuel costs when prices rise above a certain level,” said Rep. Skelton. “We all depend on the trucking industry to keep our economy going. But if independent drivers aren’t fairly compensated when fuel prices go up, the may not stay in business very long.”

The legislation’s companion bill, S1914, is co-sponsored in the Senate by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Kit Bond (R-MO), and Zell Miller (D-GA).