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ATA leader applauds Trump plans

ORLANDO, FL - The U.S. Trump Administration clearly has a friend in America's trucking industry. Chris Spear, president and Chief Executive Officer of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), delivered a wide-ranging state of the industry address at an annual meeting today - promoting everything from proposed tax reforms to a pending mandate for Electronic Logging Devices, and Trump's commitment to raise funds for infrastructure. In the past year, the group has met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and all 10 House and Senate Committee leaders and ranking members. But a clear highlight, demonstrated through pictures around the convention hall, was an appearance at the White House with 12 America's Road Team captains. "ATA in now fully engaged in reforming our country's decaying tax laws," he added, referring to the associations hosting a recent meeting with Trump in Pennsylvania. Citing trucks as "the barometer for the nation's economy", Trump at that meeting introduced a proposal for a 20% cut in corporate tax rates and eliminating estate taxes.

ATA calls for continued ELD push

ARLINGTON, VA - The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to continue in the push toward a December rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices. "Supporters of a delay are attempting to accomplish, almost at the 11th hour, what they've been unable to do in the courts, Congress or with the agency: roll back this common sense, data-supported regulation based on at best specious and at worst outright dishonest arguments," says Bill Sullivan, executive vice president - advocacy, in a blunt letter to the administration's deputy administrator. U.S. Representative Brian Babin has introduced legislation to delay the mandate by two years.