This week in the White House: West Wing shows interest in trucking

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | Thursday, March 23, 2017

It’s been clear from his election that President Trump plans to make a substantial investment in the nation’s transportation system and to initiate regulatory reforms that will affect trucking.

“The president’s interest certainly has the attention of the trucking industry, and we look forward to meeting with him soon regarding regulatory reduction and cost-controlling initiatives,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

White House press briefing attendees have noticed the interest as well. Earlier this week, reporter April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks, asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer about electronic logging devices and about the president’s position on the concerns of truckers. Here’s an excerpt of April Ryan’s question from the transcript of the March 21 press briefing.

“And there is a concern in the trucking industry about something like e-logs that’s going to happen at the end of the year, where truckers – be it truckers with commercial trucks, or mom-and-pop businesses – all of them are going to have computers to log in, to monitor the time you drive, the stops and speed, etcetera. And many people are saying that it cuts into their income. Where does the president stand on that?”

Spicer said if it came up, he’d have a read-out and meanwhile redirected her to the Department of Transportation. Short answer, but it was a distinct indication that the ELD issue has risen to a high level of interest in D.C.

On Thursday afternoon, March 23, members of the American Trucking Associations met with President Trump at the White House to discuss the trucking industry and health care from the large motor carrier point of view.
ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express of Dayton, Ohio, and a handful of other trucking executives and members of ATA’s Road Team of professional drivers joined ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.

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