ATA supports a federal highway program that is financed primarily by user fees, and which focuses on improving highway networks that are most critical to the movement of freight and interstate travel. A long-time supporter of the fuel tax as the primary source of revenue for highway improvements, ATA is opposed to the tolling of existing highways, weight-distance taxes/vehicle miles traveled fees, and other inefficient funding and financing mechanisms. We support a reformed federal truck size and weight regime that gives states more flexibility to authorize safer, cleaner, more productive vehicles, and that retains federal regulations designed to promote interstate commerce.
ATA supports a toll-free National Highway System. We oppose the imposition of tolls on existing general purpose lanes of the Interstate Highway System.
ATA supports robust investment in the highway system, with revenue coming primarily from highway user fees. We oppose the diversion of money from highway user fees for non-highway purposes. We work to ensure that federal investment is directed toward highway projects with the greatest safety and economic benefits on a national or regional level.
Truck Size and Weight
ATA supports federal regulation of truck sizes and weights that promotes interstate commerce. We believe states should have greater flexibility to authorize the operation of more productive vehicles that comply with maximum federal gross, axle and bridge formula limits that better reflect engineering principals.
Truck Route Access
ATA supports retention of federal law protecting truck access to the National Network and reasonable access routes. We work to ensure strict compliance with federal law by state and local governments.
The federal government should promote policies and provide resources to ensure that trucks have adequate long-term parking facilities. Truck drivers must be provided with a safe environment to rest in order to drive safely and comply with federal hours-of-service requirements.