by Allen Smith ( AskTheTrucker)
Hope Rivenburg notified us a few days ago that the official day designated to call your Senators and Congress Representatives for the support of more Safe Truck Parking would be set for June 28th, 2010.
We immediately wrote the post to designate, Jasons Law- Day of Recognition and Call to Action- June 28th 2010.
We’ve discovered that the bill, Jason’s Law, has been stalled in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where James Oberstar of Minnesota resides as the Chair and John Mica of Florida is the ranking Republican. There is absolutely no apparent reason that this bill should not pass, especially since 2010 is “the year of safety”, which has been displayed by the enforcement of CSA 2010, an all out campaign by the FMCSA to improve highway safety by implementing stricter rules and regulation on both drivers and carriers. Presently, there are over 40 co-sponsors for the bill.
It only stands to reason, that Jason’s Law would go hand in hand with all the new safety mandates since it would be a major positive step to improve the safety of the general public and professional truck driver. Jason’s Law, H.R.2156, would implement more safe truck parking which would serve two- fold:
- Create more parking for tired drivers to stop and rest, thus eliminating the danger to both themselves and the general public for the need to keep driving until they can find available parking.
- Would reduce the need for drivers to seek and use secluded parking spots for them to park and rest. These secluded parking spots are open invitations for criminal acts of violence, which was proven by the senseless murder of Jason Rivenburg, of whom this bill is named.
Here is what you can say when you call:
- First ask for the staffer in charge of transportation.
- Then ask them to please ask their boss to co-sponsor H.R. 2156 known as Jason’s Law.
- Explain that you live in their state and are very concerned about the risk of highway safety caused by the inadequate number of available parking facilities for professional truck drivers.
- Also, explain that the drivers of these massive trucks are forced to drive tired until they can find accessible parking, causing a major safety risk to themselves and the general public. You can then go on to explain that the bill was named after a truck driver who could not find safe parking, and parked in an abandoned gas station where he was shot and killed for a measly $7.00
James Oberstar, the chair of the transportation and infrastructure committee, has a FaceBook Page. We also ask that you please state your plea on his page today. Only when we let this committee know that we are dissatisfied with the stalling of this bill, both through social media postings and flooding the phone lines on June 28th, will we be able to ensure that this bill will be passed.
© 2010, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.