Section number corrected in fuel surcharge legislation

| Monday, March 21, 2005

Truckers who are asking their U.S. senators to include a fuel surcharge provision in the Senate’s version of the highway bill should make note that the section number for the surcharge language in the House version of the bill has changed.

When the final version of the House highway bill was printed, the fuel surcharge provision was changed to Section 4139.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is urging truckers across the country to contact their U.S. senators to ask them to include the same surcharge language in the Senate’s version of the highway bill. The surcharge language in the House bill at Section 4139 requires all motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders running truckload freight to implement fuel surcharges and pass on 100 percent of those surcharges to the person who actually pays for the fuel.

With the prices of diesel and crude oil at historic highs and climbing even higher, the need for a mandatory fuel surcharge with 100 percent pass through is more important than ever, said the national Call to Action issued by OOIDA last week. Some truckers are currently receiving some surcharge money, but most are either getting back a fraction of what they actually pay for fuel or nothing at all.

Congress is in recess until April 4, but the Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to take up its portion of the highway bill as soon as it reconvenes the first week of April. OOIDA is particularly urging truckers whose senators are on the Commerce Committee to write or call their Washington, DC, offices and ask for their lawmakers to include Section 4139 from the House bill in the Senate version.

If you are not sure who your senators are, simply phone the OOIDA Membership Department and they’ll look up the information for you. The toll-free number is 1-800-444-5791. Truckers can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, give the operator their ZIP code and then be connected directly to their senators’ offices.

Senators on the Commerce Committee are:

  • Chairman Ted Stevens – R-Alaska – (202) 224-3004
  • John McCain – R-Arizona – (202) 224-2235
  • Conrad Burns –R-Montana – (202) 224-2644
  • Trent Lott – R-Mississippi – (202) 224-6253
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison – R-Texas – (202) 224-5922
  • Olympia Snowe – R-Maine – (202) 224-5344
  • Gordon Smith – R-Oregon – (202) 224-3753
  • John Ensign – R-Nevada – (202) 224-6244
  • George Allen – R-Virginia – (202) 224-4024
  • John Sununu – R-New Hampshire – (202) 224-2841
  • Jim DeMint – R-South Carolina – (202) 224-6121
  • David Vitter – R-Louisiana – (202) 224-4623
  • Ranking Democrat Daniel K. Inouye – D-Hawaii – (202) 224-3934
  • John D. Rockefeller IV – D-West Virginia – (202) 224-6472
  • John F. Kerry – D-Massachusetts – (202) 224-2742
  • Byron L. Dorgan – D-North Dakota – (202) 224-2551
  • Barbara Boxer – D-California – (202) 224-3553
  • Bill Nelson – D-Florida – (202) 224-5274
  • Maria Cantwell – D-Washington – (202) 224-3441
  • Frank Lautenberg – D-New Jersey – (202) 224-3224
  • E. Benjamin Nelson – D-Nebraska – (202) 224-6551
  • Mark Pryor – D-Arkansas – (202) 224-2353

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