ACPA and a coalition of more than 60 other stakeholder organizations sent a letter Monday to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation leaders and members strongly discouraging them from including any increase in the existing minimum liability coverage for motor carriers.

The letter, addressed to Chairman Roger Wicker (MS) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (WA), says an “increase in insurance requirements is wholly unnecessary, would do nothing to improve highway safety, and would have a severe negative impact on truckers, farmers, and manufacturers by significantly increasing their operational costs.”

The opponents of the proposed increase also say the change is entirely unnecessary. They cite research required by MAP-21, commissioned by the FMCSA and conducted by the Volpe National Transportation Center, which studied the issue in detail. “In 2014, Volpe released its report, which explained, ‘The vast majority of CMV-caused crashes have relatively small cost consequences, and the costs are easily covered with the limits of mandatory liability insurance {emphasis added}.”

ACPA’s advocacy efforts cover a wide range of issues related to funding and policy, as well as actions to encourage inter-industry competition, stop or reverse onerous regulations, and other measures to support Association members. Click here to read the complete letter.

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* The coalition included: Agricultural Retailers Association, American Beekeeping Federation, American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, American Dairy Coalition, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Forest and Paper Association, American Pipeline Contractors Association, American Sheep Industry Association, Associated Equipment Distributors, Colorado Motor Carriers Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Consumer Brands Association, Distribution Contractors Association, Georgia Motor Trucking Association, Hawaii Transportation Association, Kansas Motor Carriers Association, Livestock Marketing Association, Maine Motor Transport Association, Mid-West Truckers Association, Minnesota Trucking Association, Missouri Trucking Association, Motor Carriers of Montana, Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, National Asphalt Pavement Association, National Association of Small Trucking Companies, National Aquaculture Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Grain and Feed Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, National Stone Sand and Gravel Association, National Utility Contractors Association, Nevada Trucking Association, New Hampshire Motor Transport Association, New Jersey Motor Truck Association, New Mexico Trucking Association, NFIB, North American Miller’s Association, North American Renderers Association, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Petroleum Marketers Association of America, Pet Food Institute, Power and Communication Contractors Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Rhode Island Trucking Association, Southwest Movers Association, South Carolina Trucking Association, South Dakota Trucking Association, Tennessee Trucking Association, Texas Trucking Association, Tilt-Up Concrete Association, Towing and Recovery Association of America, Truck Renting and Leasing Association, United Dairymen of Arizona, United Fresh Produce Association, United States Cattlemen’s Association, Vermont Truck & Bus Association, Western States Trucking Association, Wyoming Trucking Association.

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