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Congressman Paul Tonko Discusses Jason’s Law


Congressman Paul TonkoNew 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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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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