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Hours of Service Changes
Highway Toll Hikes Inflate Prices, Slow Recovery
By BRIANNA EHLEY, The Fiscal Times
September 26, 2012
As the gap between federal highway improvements and state transportation needs continues to widen, some states are quietly jacking up tolls to finance repairs, light rail projects and bridge maintenance.
This tactic by the states in response to a virtual freeze on federal gasoline tax revenues and the recent five percent reduction in federal transportation funds for the coming fiscal year is having a significant impact on commerce – especially the trucking industry – and could prove to be another drag on the economy as average Americans get hit with higher fees.
“States are using diversionary tactics to increase revenues without claiming it as a direct tax, which has been very devastating to the trucking industry,” said David Owen, president of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies. “We’re getting to where we’ll have to create a surcharge, which will inflate shipping, and the price will just go downstream to the consumer,” Owen said.
Read more at http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/09/26/Highway-Toll-Hikes-Inflate-Prices-Slow-Recovery.aspx#swS07x54ZL3IUhBJ.99
In 1989 David Owen and Buster Anderson decided to establish an active association for small trucking companies, nationwide that serves as an advocate for, a consultant to, and a source of collective buying power for its member companies. The National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) has grown to represent over 4200+ members in the United States and Canada and continues to grow each month. NASTC not only saves its member companies millions of dollars a year through participation in their innovative cost reduction programs, but also has become recognized as "the voice for small trucking companies" by the Washington establishment.
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