TCA, two senators join others supporting fuel equity act

| Monday, September 30, 2002

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) along with Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Jean Carnahan (D-MO) recently added their support along with 26 other U.S. legislators who back The Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity Act of 2002 (S.1914).

The bill creates a mechanism for owner-operators and small fleets to offset their increased cost for fuel when prices rise rapidly - as they have the past six weeks.

The U.S. Department of Energy reported Sept. 23 average national weekly retail on-highway diesel prices increased to $1.417, marking the sixth straight week diesel prices have increased.

"I urge all truckers to thank by phone or letter the representatives and senators in their states who already support this bill," said Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) Executive Vice President Todd Spencer: "As anyone can see by the steady increase in fuel prices, this legislation is must-protection for owner-operators and carriers and for the services they provide."

"With the inability of many carriers to collect their fuel surcharges as diesel fuel prices rise, it has become imperative that we handle the issue of fuel surcharge with legislation," said Bob Molinaro, president, Warren Transport, Waterloo, IA, and chairman of TCA's Fuel Surcharge Task Force.

In a statement, TCA added: "TCA joins with the OOIDA in support of the Motor Carrier Fuel Cost Equity Act of 2002. The need for such legislation is absolutely critical to the survival of truck owner-operators and truckload carriers, and to the stability of the trucking industry in general and the overall economy."

"While our list of supporters is growing, time is running out for lawmakers to pass these bills before they adjourn for the year," Spencer said. "Every trucker should focus right now on the U.S. Senate urging those lawmakers to pass S1914 right away."

House sponsors include Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WVA); Alan B. Mollohan (D-WVA); Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVA); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Ted Strickland (D-OH); Robert W. Ney (R-OH); Roy Blunt (R-MO); Ike Skelton (D-MO); David Bonior (D-MI); John Dingell (D-MI); William O. Lipinski (D-IL); Corrine Brown (D-FL); Nick Lampson (D-TX); J. Randy Forbes (R-VA); Jo Ann Davis (R-VA); Tim Holden (D-PA); Adam Smith (D-WA); Mike Ross (D-AR); Bart Gordon (D-TN); John M. Spratt, Jr. (D-SC); and Rep. Michael "Mac" Collins (R-GA).

In addition to Grassley and Carnahan, S1914 is sponsored in the Senate by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Kit Bond (R-MO) and Zell Miller (D-GA).

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