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TRAA Touts Accomplishments in 2023


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TRAA, in its end of year newsletter, summed up key accomplishments that include hosting a Legislative Action Workshop and Hill Day in March. A yearly event, TRAA notes that they have attracted larger numbers of attendees and will move to a larger venue to accommodate members.  To register for the event slated from Tuesday, March 5 to Thursday, March 7, go to TRAA's 6th annual Legislative Action Workshop & Hill Day!

 

The organization has been active submitting comments to the Federal register on several key issues, such as Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT). The newsletter states, ‚ÄúWe have successfully worked with the group to fight increased truck weights and continue to lobby for our much-needed weights and length amendments. Bigger heavier trucks only make our job harder and more dangerous.‚Ä̬†

 

TRAA claims a role in securing co-sponsors for the National Move Over Law Day Resolution that passed the Senate in November, indicating that the passage of S.Res.476 will undoubtably increase public awareness of Move Over Laws and the need for drivers to slow down and move over when they see any incident responder on the side of the road. TRAA also highlights their continued efforts to promote the Slow Down Move Over campaign, partnering with  Randy Meyer Racing Inc. (RMR) featuring two-time National Hot Rod Association World Champion Megan Meyer as the TRAA Ambassador to Motorsports. Megan lost her uncle Joe Meyer in 2021 to a roadside fatality.

 

TRAA is actively working with other stakeholders to discourage potential legislation that regulates consent towing. The newsletter notes, “This year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill includes report language that encourages the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to consider implementing a consent towing fraud prevention outreach campaign to inform the public about excessive consent towing fees charged by dishonest tow truck operators and educate them on resources to protect themselves from these predatory practices. 

 

TRAA is actively working to support and help secure co-sponsors for the¬†‚ÄúDeregulating Restrictions on Interstate Vehicles and Eighteen-Wheelers (DRIVE) Act‚ÄĚ (S.2671). If passed, the bill would¬†prohibit¬†the FMCSA from implementing any rule or regulation mandating large commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) engaged in interstate commerce be equipped with a¬†speed limiting device¬†set to a maximum speed. ¬†

On the state level, TRAA continues to work with affiliate state associations on issues. They write, "Some are state specific while others are broader in nature and have a federal impact."

 

Source: TRAA Newsletter

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