Trucking Industry Lobbies Harder for Dangerous Trucking Legislation
The American Trucking Associations spent nearly $400,000 lobbying the United States federal government from April 2011 to June 2011.
Increasing its three-month lobbying budget by nearly $100,000, the ATA used its considerable bulk to pressure the federal government to support unsafe, and even deadly, trucking legislation that as an experienced truck accident attorney I believe will result in needless truck accidents.
Among the changes in legislation the ATA is lobbying for are:
- Changes in the transportation of hazardous materials.
- Hours-of-service changes that would increase the number of hours a truck driver could spend on the road.
- Fuel changes.
- Changes in licensing laws that would let more people become truck drivers.
Employing a strategic consulting agency, the association lobbied Congress, the Department of Transportation, the White House, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security.
As the largest national trade association for the trucking industry, the ATA represents such large corporations as FedEx Corporation, United Parcel Service, Inc., Werner Enterprises Inc., and YRC Worldwide Inc. All dependent on trucking for their profits.
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