Today at a press conference on Capitol Hill, ATA Senior Vice President Dave Osiecki encouraged Congress to pass “Jason’s Law” to address shortages in safe parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System. Named after slain New York truck driver Jason Rivenburg,the legislation allows the Secretary of Transportation, in cooperation with appropriate State, regional, and local governments, to allocate funds for new safety rest areas and the expansion and improvement of existing safety rest areas that serve the highway system. The press conference, held by U.S. Reps. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., and Jason’s wife, Hope Rivenburg, comes one year after Jason was shot to death during a robbery at an abandoned gas station in South Carolina. He parked there, waiting to deliver a load of milk, because of a lack of adequate parking for commercial motor vehicles. The robber got away with $7. Introduced by Tonko last May, “Jason’s Law” (H.R. 2156) has garnered bipartisan support in the House. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a companion bill (S. 971) in the Senate. The creation of more long-term truck parking has been a longstanding issue within the trucking industry. By 2020 the trucking industry will need to put over 1.8 million additional trucks on the road to meet our nation’s freight demand. Contact: Dave Osiecki at email@example.com.
Posted on Sun, March 21, 2010