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.
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.