Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Storm Breaks Over Plan to Raise Taxes on Diesel for US Truckers

(International Freighting Weekly – Katerina Kerrr)

Some hauliers claim fuel hike singles them out over other modes, but others claim extra revenue will ease traffic bottlenecks

Truckers in the US are facing higher diesel taxes. A Bill that would increase the tax on diesel used by hauliers by 12 cents to 36.4 cents per gallon has been criticised by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which claims saying it penalises truckers and fails to look at other modes such as rail.

However, the American Trucking Association (ATA) has pledged its support for the Bill, which it said would “address critical freight transportation needs, focusing resources on the nation’s most important goods movement corridors”. Read more here.