Truckers urge Secretary Foxx to take a fresh look at transportation, regulations

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 6/27/2013

It is possible for the U.S. Senate to agree 100 percent on something.

The unanimous vote to confirm Anthony Foxx as secretary of transportation proved it on Thursday, June 27. OOIDA issued a statement to welcome Foxx to the post, encouraging him to take a fresh look at transportation and the regulations.

Anthony Foxx

Foxx, 42, a former House Judiciary Committee staffer, has been the mayor of Charlotte, N.C., since 2009. President Obama nominated Foxx to lead the Department of Transportation in April after Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced he was stepping down to pursue other interests.

OOIDA thanks LaHood for his service and dedication and looks forward to working with Foxx.

“We believe he understands the importance of freight movement on our nation’s highway system to the economy,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “Stabilizing the Highway Trust Fund and ensuring our nation is able to make needed highway investments are critical needs moving forward. We hope Secretary Foxx will provide needed national leadership in this area.”

The Association urges Foxx to consider the role driver training plays in the trucking industry and to understand there is currently no federal training requirement for someone to get a CDL. Training would go a long way, the Association says, to prevent crashes and to help the department re-evaluate “questionable” regulations.

“Small businesses have faced a significant increase in costly regulatory mandates that, in our view, are the wrong way to meet our highway safety challenges,” Spencer said. “This should be an opportunity for a fresh look at questionable regulatory initiatives.”

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