Washington, DC – Trucking safety attorney and truck driver Andy Young testified before Congress’ Subcommittee on Highways and Transit at its hearing today (June 12, 2019) entitled “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America.” He advocated in favor of side underride guards for trailers, automatic emergency braking systems for trucks, and higher insurance minimums for commercial motor vehicles.
Also testifying were Cathy Chase on behalf of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Christ Spear as President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, Todd Spenser as President of the Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, Lamont Byrd as Safety Director for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Jason Craig as Director of of Government Affairs from C.H. Robinson, Rodney Noble as Director fo Transportation for Pepsi, and Deputy Chief Mark Savage on behalf of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
While there was wide disagreement among these witnesses about how to improve safety, for the most part there was consensus on the concepts of better driver training, better work conditions for drivers, and the use of technology to improve vehicle safety.
Only Andy Young recognized the countless people who have lost their lives or suffered massive injuries as a result of crashes with cars and motor vehicles, and he played a video of crash tests showing the benefits of using proven physical technology–side underride guards–to reduce underride crashes and the head injuries that almost always follow.
Representatives Cohen, Garcia, and Napolitano, among others, asked questions related to how safety might be increased by carefully modifying some of the regulations over certain aspects of the trucking industry, showing just how serious their Subcommittee is studying trucking industry safety issues.
Andy Young also advocated for trucking safety by improving laws that would hold brokers and shippers accountable for selecting motor carriers with safety rankings below average and especially so concerning motor carriers whose safety rankings were in the bottom 10%.
The hearing was broadcast via livestream and can be replayed here: Congressional Subcommittee Hearing Video