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The economy and security of the nation require transportation services and facilities to provide for its need and growth. These transportation services and facilities are best developed and maintained under private ownership with equality of treatment by government for all modes.
It is imperative that all transportation modes, particularly the essential common carriers, operate under laws, regulations, and policies fostering a healthy business climate and providing for competitive opportunities that preserve the advantages of each mode for the public good. Such laws, regulations, and policies should assure adequate public protection against interruptions in transportation that impede the supply of products or services and affect the safety, health, and welfare of the public.
TCA wholeheartedly supports the National Transportation Policy (49 U.S.C. Section 10101) but insists that there be full enforcement and administration of all sections of the policy, as follows:
...to ensure the development, coordination, and preservation of a transportation system that meets the transportation needs of the United States, including the United States Postal Service and national defense, it is the policy of the United States Government to provide for the impartial regulation of the modes of transportation subject to this subtitle, and in regulating those modes:
Government agencies should exercise all powers granted by Congress to bring about the development, coordination, and preservation of transportation in accordance with the national transportation policy. Data collection and financial reporting should not be required by state or federal law, but carriers are encouraged to participate in voluntary data collection efforts for benchmarking purposes.
TCA will evaluate and monitor the official actions of ICC Commissioners and their staff and insure appropriate input into the nomination and appointment selection of qualified Commissioners and their staff who demonstrate the knowledge of and commitment to carrying out their responsibilities under the law.
Amended June 21, 1995
Conversion to Metric System
To make United States industries more compatible and competitive with international business, including our regional partners under the proposed North American Free Trade Agreement, TCA recognizes and supports the conversion of weights and measures to the internationally accepted metric system. In recognition of the cost and problems involved in converting an entire country to this system, TCA urges the federal, state, and local governments to proceed with such conversion in the most rational and efficient method, taking into consideration and minimizing the costs and effects of such a conversion on individual companies and persons.
Adopted February 10, 1991
Federal agencies, in procuring transportation services, should be required to use, at fair and reasonable rates, carriers subject to economic regulation by federal or state governments. Federal agencies should require contractors needing to purchase transportation to use carrier services subject to economic regulation by government in carrying out their contractual obligations. Federal agencies should be required to be fair, reasonable, and equitable when promulgating rules and regulations governing the use of carriers by the federal government.
A sound transportation system requires adequate insurance to cover potential liability exposure risks. These include public liability and property damage, workman's compensation, cargo loss and damage, and umbrella or excess coverage above the retention sometimes used by self-insurers.
Research & Development
Our nation's ability to compete in the world market and to defend our interests at home and abroad is contingent upon a modern efficient national transportation system. This depends upon a coordinated, comprehensive transportation research and development program.
The trucking industry has a crucial role in establishing the research agenda, goals, and priorities. TCA supports government and industry initiatives, such as those aimed at enhancing cooperative research and development efforts among government and industry bodies.
TCA supports reasonable tort reform measures on both the federal and state levels. The injured party should not be compensated beyond the level of his or her injuries; nor should the party causing the injury be punished beyond the portion of the plaintiff's injuries and losses for which he or she is responsible.
Excessive litigation costs and court awards increase the costs of essential products and services for all American businesses and consumers. In recent years, the transportation industry has been made aware of the effects of these factors through the cost to trucking companies of federally mandated insurance. While litigation costs are not the only reason for the unjustified increase in insurance premiums, they have been a major factor.
A party's liability should be based on its comparative responsibility for the injury suffered. The concept of joint and several liability should be eliminated.
There are other principles of tort reform which ITCC should also support and seek to have enacted: