February 5, 2020
American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear testified at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety, outlining the industry’s top priorities and identifying concrete steps Congress can take to enhance highway safety, expand job opportunities in trucking and revitalize America’s sagging infrastructure.
On safety, Spear emphasized the dangers of speeding and distracted driving among the motoring public, highlighting that “72% of large truck crashes had no truck driver-related factors recorded, fueled largely by the growing addiction to speeding and texting.”
He decried FCC’s proposal to slash the Safety Spectrum for transportation safety purposes and reallocate it for unlicensed Wi-Fi, and urged the committee to end HHS’s unacceptable delays in producing a rule—as required by law now for many years—for hair testing for controlled substances.
Spear also touted the heavily bipartisan DRIVE-Safe Act and called on the committee’s members to support it.
Finally, Spear called for federal investment in infrastructure, touting ATA’s proposal – the Build America Fund – as the most viable, cost-effective and fiscally conservative funding mechanism available in the near-term.
Full written testimony is available here.