Legislative Update: FMCSA Public Meeting in June

Thank you to everyone who joined TRAA during the Florida Tow Show last month to discuss the policy challenges that are facing our industry and our efforts on your behalf. TRAA remains committed to both being the industry's unified voice in Washington, and to keep you apprised of advocacy. As we noted on May 2, we expected the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to announce a public meeting at the end of June. This is expected to be an initial step followed by a more formal task force. This is a direct result of TRAA's advocacy, including our letter to Acting Deputy Administrator Lawless in February.

We are pleased that in the coming days FMCSA will formally announce the date and details of a public hearing/public roundtable on the subject. Bill Johnson, TRAA's new President, and a member of TRAA's lobbying team will represent us at the event.

While this is a public affirmation of our actions, we continue to educate and engage members of Congress behind the scenes. These meetings would not be possible without the engagement of individual TRAA members who went to Washington as part of our Hill Days in March. In the days and weeks ahead, we will expand those efforts and work tirelessly to defeat the inclusion of towing fees in the FTC's final rule.

Thank you to everyone who has engaged in this effort, without a collective and unified voice this would not be possible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we will continue to provide updates as they arise.

David J. Garriepy
Vice President, Government Affairs
Tremont Strategies Group (TSG)



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TRAA is the national association representing the U.S. towing and recovery industry. We act as the "voice of America's towing industry" by offering representation, education, and leadership at the federal level. Much of our focus is on representing the interests of the towing and recovery industry on Capitol Hill including promoting positive legislation and opposing potentially negative legislation. TRAA is the industry's watchdog on Capitol Hill!