Trucking Exec Calls on Congress to Do More to Address Freight Transportation
ARLINGTON, Va., April 24, 2013
ARLINGTON, Va., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Today, Derek
Leathers, chief operating officer of Werner Enterprises Inc., told the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that Congress needs to address the
needs of the trucking industry by dedicating real funding to addressing
freight transportation needs and improving the efficiency and productivity of
"Trucks move 68% of our nation's freight tonnage . . . [and] move $8.3
trillion worth of freight each year, nearly 60% of the U.S. economy," Leathers
said. "The trucking industry is expected to move an even greater share of
freight in the future."
To address that demand, Leathers said lawmakers should dedicate specific funds
to projects that will benefit freight transportation like reducing or
eliminating bottlenecks in the Interstate Highway System and intermodal
freight connections. Revenue to fund these projects, he said, should come not
from tolls, vehicle miles traveled fees or widespread private investment, but
rather from augmenting the current fuel tax system.
"The challenges facing fuel tax revenue over the next 20 years can be
addressed by indexing the rate," he said. "Substituting an untested, highly
inefficient revenue collection mechanisms for an efficient revenue mechanism
that is already in place would be illogical and irresponsible."
Finally, Leathers called on Congress to address truck productivity by lifting
"the most restrictive truck weight regulations of any developed country."
With projected increases in freight traffic, more productive trucks will be
essential to meet the nation's transportation needs.
For more of Leathers' testimony, click here.
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