June 7, 2019 2:30 PM, EDT

ATA’s Chris Spear to Testify Before House Committee on Trucking Policies June 12

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Transportation policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to hear from American Trucking Associations on June 12.

ATA President Chris Spear will be among the witnesses scheduled to appear before the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, a committee spokesperson indicated.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Holmes Norton

The hearing will aim to explore the concerns raised across the trucking industry. As the panel explained in an advisory, policymakers will look to “learn from stakeholders about current challenges faced by motor carriers, truck drivers, shippers and brokers, and how these challenges impact safety, operations, jobs and goods movement on our nation’s roads.”

The panel has yet to announce the other witnesses who will join Spear.

Crafting policy designed to modernize the country’s freight and passenger transportation system is among the objectives of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), the subcommittee’s chairwoman. In an interview earlier this year with Transport Topics, she said her colleagues have dedicated significant time to repairing the system, while insufficient attention has been devoted to adopting new technologies.

The subpanel will be key in the reauthorization of a 2015 highway law that expires next year.

ATA is among myriad groups calling on Congress to meet next year’s reauthorization deadline and approve a sustainable funding plan for the country’s surface transportation network.