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Luetkemeyer Introduces Legislation to Clarify Auto Transporter Definition

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Washington, June 26, 2019 | comments

Today Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced H.R. 3474, legislation to clarify the definition of “automobile transporter” to include truck combinations. Supported by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) and the American Trucking Association (ATA), this commonsense legislation corrects an unnecessary discrepancy in the regulation of auto transporters by federal regulators.   

“Across the federal bureaucracy, unnecessary regulatory guidance creates vast uncertainty in what should be simple regulations. A perfect example is the confusion surrounding the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) definition of an ‘auto-transporter,’ deeming virtually indistinguishable differences between auto transporters acceptable or unacceptable according to federal regulators,” said Congressman Luetkemeyer. “My bill will ensure our hardworking Missouri drivers can stay on the road by clarifying the definition and codifying this fix into law.”

“We’re thrilled that Congressman Luetkemeyer is committed to appropriately clarifying the federal definition of a traditional auto transporter.  FHWA’s ongoing – and incorrect – interpretation of a longstanding definition has created a mess in the auto transporter industry, and Congressman Luetkemeyer’s bill is the fix we’ve been waiting for.  While we realize there’s a long way to go in the legislative process, this is an important and necessary step in the right direction,” said Mike Matousek, Manager of Government Affairs at OOIDA. “We look forward to working with his team to get this bill signed into law as soon as possible.”

Letter of support from ATA and OOIDA

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