New York Congressman, Paul Tonko was our guest on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio, Thursday, February 18th, 2010 at 7 PM EST. Discussion focused on House Bill H.R. 2156, also known as Jason’s Law. As per the bill, top priority will be given in order to: “address the shortage of long-term parking for commercial motor vehicles on the National Highway System.” In general, the Secretary of Transportation “shall allocate funds made available to carry out this section among States, metropolitan planning organizations and local governments.”
Furthermore, this important bill calls for “constructing safety rest areas (as defined in section 120(c) of title 23, United 22 States Code) that include parking for commercial motor vehicles.” In addition to:
- Constructing commercial motor vehicle parking facilities adjacent to commercial truck stops and travel plazas.
- Opening existing facilities to commercial motor vehicle parking, including inspection and weigh stations and park-and-ride facilities.
- Promoting the availability of publicly or privately provided commercial motor vehicle parking on the National Highway System using intelligent transportation systems and other means.
- Constructing turnouts along the National Highway System for commercial motor vehicles.
- Making capital improvements to public commercial motor vehicle parking facilities currently closed on a seasonal basis.
- Improving the geometric design of interchanges on the National Highway System to improve access to commercial motor vehicle parking facilities.
Congressman Tonko addressed the importance of Jason’s Law and fielded questions concerning the many misconceptions about House Bill H.R. 2156. Questions were given by Project World Awareness and the Congressman cleared up the rumors being spread about Jason’s Law.
One caller, Andy Warcaba of Andrew J. Warcaba & Associates, called in as well, to discuss the problem with the building of safe parking for commercial trucks.
To clear up the misconceptions about Jason’s Law, hear what Congressman Tonko had to say:
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