ATA Cheers Passage of Infrastructure Bill Which Would Massively Hike Insurance Costs
Alexandria, VA – Trucking’s most powerful and influential association is cheering the U.S. House of Representatives for approving a controversial $1.5 trillion infrastructure spending bill.
On Wednesday, the Democratically-controlled House approved the Moving Forward Act (MFA-HR 2), in a vote of 233-188 largely along party lines.
American Trucking Associations (ATA) president Chris Spear was quick to applaud House Democrats and particularly Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR).
“The House majority not only introduced an infrastructure bill, they passed it,” Spear said. “Chairman DeFazio is to be commended for having the courage to lead an issue critical to our nation’s economy and future.”
The MFA has drawn heavy criticism among some trucking groups for including provisions to increase motor carriers’ liability insurance minimum from $750,000 to $2 million, and to delay the implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) recently unveiled Hours of Service (HOS) Final Rule.
ATA has previously indicated it opposes a delay in the implementation of the new HOS Final Rule set to begin September 29.
Additionally, an ATA spokesperson also recently said the Association opposes an “arbitrary increase” of the insurance minimum requirements.
However, it’s no secret that there is a degree of support among ATA member carriers to increase the minimum from $750,000.
In fact, Transportation Nation Network (TNN) first reported last month trusted sources indicated a more modest increase to $1-1.5 million would likely find much more support within the ATA’s rank-and-file membership.
Further, TNN reported, “a legislative compromise to drop the measure to this range in exchange for ATA’s support could materialize in the weeks to come.”
TNN reached out to an ATA spokesperson for comment and have yet to hear back, but will update this article when we do.
The MFA now heads to the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate where it is expected to face opposition.
Mr. Spear is urging the Senate to take action.
“It’s now time for the Senate to stop talking about infrastructure and actually do something about it,” he said. “If Senators object to the House bill, then they should pass something they would support. It’s called legislating.”
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