American Highway Users Alliance president speaks at OOIDA session

| 2/28/2006

Speaking to staff for several federal transportation agencies and members of Congress, the president of the American Highway Users Alliance challenged U.S. officials to reform federal highway programs – particularly the way fuel and vehicle taxes are spent.

The comments from the alliance president, Greg Cohen, came Monday, Feb. 27, at OOIDA’s Policy Briefing & Lunch in Washington, DC.

Cohen, who has more than ten years of transportation engineering and public policy experience, spoke to an audience of 25 about the future of highway funding.

The gathering attracted senior staff members of the House, Senate, FMCSA, FHWA and the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary. Cohen challenged attendees to reform the current federal highway program in order to reverse public skepticism about wasteful spending.

He stressed that “truckers need to feel confident that their diesel and truck taxes are being wisely spent on congestion relief, safer roads, and capacity improvements on major national and regional routes. Diversion of these taxes for non-highway purposes greatly harms truckers’ support for a bigger transportation program.”

The Monday session is part of a series of monthly meetings designed by OOIDA’s Washington, DC, staff as an opportunity to inform lawmakers and their staffs on transportation issues, especially where they concern the serious issues truckers face in their day-to-day working lives.

The first lunch was Jan. 31 and featured speakers Todd Spencer, OOIDA Executive Vice President, and OOIDA board member and owner-operator Joe Rajkovacz. The two spoke about the inadequacies in hours-of-service regulations and the abuse truckers endure from shippers, receivers and lumpers.

The American Highway Users Alliance represents motorists and a broad cross-section of businesses that depend on safe and efficient highways to transport their families, customers, employees, and products.