One of the first orders of business for members of the U.S. House of Representatives when they return from their spring District Work Period will be the introduction of a resolution establishing June 2003 as National Truck Safety Month. At presstime, lawmakers were adjourned for the annual spring break.
The resolution essentially commends all truckers for their extra efforts to comply with truck safety regulations to make June a model month for highway safety and encourages all highway users, shippers, receivers, motor carriers, and federal and state regulatory and law-enforcement officials to support truckers’ efforts.
”Every day, truckdrivers assume an awesome responsibility for safety on our nation’s highways,” says Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s executive vice president. “The overwhelming majority of truckdrivers embrace that responsibility, but they can’t do it alone. This resolution is far more than words on paper. It should mark the launching of a true safety culture that will be shared by all the parties involved with truck transportation.”
Spencer says it’s only natural that professional drivers should lead the way.
”And it’s equally natural that the other parties in transportation — motor carriers, brokers, shippers and receivers — step up to the plate as well.”
The resolution will be introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO). A concurrent resolution is expected to be introduced in the Senate.
”Once this resolution is introduced in the House and in the U.S. Senate, we will be asking all members to contact their representatives to urge them to sign on as co-sponsors,” Spencer said. (For more information, see “Washington Insider”.)
All OOIDA members and Land Line readers are encouraged to display your support of Truck Safety Month on your trucks. Truck decals, bumper stickers and window decals are among the items available for free from OOIDA’s Membership Department and from the OOIDA display truck between now and June.
108th Congress — 1st Session House Congressional Resolution
Prepared by Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri.
Expressing the sense of Congress that there should be established a National Truck Safety Month to raise public awareness about the contributions, responsibilities, and needs of truck drivers to make the Nation’s highways safer.
Whereas over 2,000,000 long-haul trucks and 138,000,000 automobiles share the Nation’s highways each day;
Whereas the loss of more than 5,000 lives each year in accidents involving large trucks raises important safety issues;
Whereas truck drivers, who experience more workplace fatalities than any other single occupation, are acutely aware of their responsibility to contribute to highway safety;
Whereas the United States economy depends upon the Nation’s long-haul truckers, who deliver 71 percent of the dollar value of freight hauled in the United States;
Whereas truck safety has become the highest priority of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Federal Government invests nearly $200,000,000 in truck safety enforcement activities each year; and
Whereas truck drivers across the Nation have committed themselves to make June a model month for compliance with the truck safety rules: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That-
(1) it is the sense of Congress that there should be established a National Truck Safety Month to raise public awareness about the contributions, responsibilities, and needs of truck drivers to make the Nation’s highways safer; and
(2) Congress requests that the President issue a proclamation commending all truckers for their extra efforts to comply with truck safety regulations to make June a model month for highway safety, and calling on all highway users, shippers, receivers, motor carriers, and Federal and State regulatory and law enforcement officials to support the efforts of truck drivers to make the Nation’s highways a safer place to travel and to work.