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"The Highway Bill" & Fuel Surcharge

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I recieved this in a email and thought that I would share it with all of you. We need this legislation to get passed.
On March 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3, also known simply as "The Highway Bill".
Section 4139 of that bill says that all motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders running carload freight MUST implement fuel surcharges and they MUST pass 100% of those surcharges through to the person who actually pays for the fuel.
With diesel prices at historic highs and climbing, now is the time to write the fuel surcharge legislation into law. Some carers are currently receiving some surcharge money, but most are either getting back a fraction of what they actually pay for fuel or nothing at all.
Section 4139 of H.R. 3 will:
- Help carers survive spikes in prices at the pumps
- Level the playing field for small business carers
- Use the standard industry benchmark price ($1.15/gallon)
- Cost the government no money to implement or enforce
The next step is to have the SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE include the fuel surcharge provision in their version of the highway bill.
Please write and call both of your Senators as soon as possible to urge them to support the fuel surcharge legislation in section 4139 of H.R. 3. Even if they are not members of the Senate Commerce committee, they can help to influence the Senators who are. We need their support. Remember, you are their constituent and you are a valuable asset to their state.
If you are not sure who your Senators are, simply phone the OOIDA Membership Department and they'll look up the information for you. The toll-free number is 1-800-444-5791. You can also call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and be contacted to the Senators' offices after providing the operator with your zip code.
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SAMPLE PHONE MESSAGE:
"I am from Hometown, Minnesota and I am a small business carer. We need to have fuel surcharge legislation passed to survive spikes in diesel fuel prices. I ask that Senator _______ tell his/her colleagues on the Commerce committee to include Section 4139 from the House highway bill (H.R. 3) in the committee's part of the Senate highway bill"
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Please write and call your Senators as soon as possible. A sample letter is attached. Feel free to cut and paste, use exact same wording, personalize and add your own thoughts or write something completely different . . . just let them know that carers from their home state and across the nation need the fuel surcharge passed into law.
You can visit <http://www.congress.org/> or <http://www.senate.gov/> to find out who your Senators are, where to send letters and how to get a fax to them.
TO ENSURE YOUR LETTER GETS TO THE SENATOR IN A TIMELY MANNER, FAX IT TO THEM AND THEN DROP IT IN THE MAIL.
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SAMPLE LETTER:
March 16, 2005
The Honorable ______________
XXX Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator ___________,
As a small business carer and a constituent of yours, I ask that you tell your colleagues on the Commerce committee to include the carload fuel surcharge provision from section 4139 of H.R.3 in their part of the Senate highway bill. I do not have the ability to raise my rates or establish a fuel surcharge when the price of fuel jumps. Without the ability to pass along higher fuel costs through a surcharge, tens of thousands of small business carers like myself have gone out of business during the last few years.
Fuel is by far my largest cost of doing business. On average, fuel purchases amount to about 30-40% of my operating expenses. The average cost of diesel at the pump in our state is significantly higher than a year ago at this time. With strong demand, tight supplies and the rising cost of crude oil, the Department of Energy predicts that diesel prices will only continue to rise.
The fuel surcharge legislation I am asking you to support will help to maintain a reliable, competitive, and safe caring industry without any cost to the federal government. It will simply give all carers the ability to collect a fuel surcharge to cover increased fuel costs. It is the same mechanism that is used by airlines, railroads, steamship lines, hotels, and even taxicabs to recover higher fuel costs.
Without the fuel surcharge legislation being made into law, the livelihoods of many hardworking people from our state and the rest of the country will continue to fall victim to unstable and escalating fuel prices. Please ask that the carload fuel surcharge language from section 4139 of H.R.3 be included in the Commerce committee's part of the highway bill.
Thank you,
(Sign and provide your address)
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You don't need fuel surcharge legislation to charge a customer a fair rate that covers this expense. People who run businesses are responsible for knowing their cost and charging rates that cover those costs plus an amount to ensure profitability...
We've got to stop looking to government to solve all of our problems...

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All of my representatives, and many others besides, know exactly what I think of this legislation, including the fact that my state will receive less than most other states in highway money.
I have been dealing with this bill since it's inception.

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Yes but you have many unscrupulous business owners who have people leased to them and then they screw them. TRIMODAL out of Kansas City and Ledar are famous for this.
PK

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That's a true statement Canuck. However, there are things that government should be affording us as well.
And one of those items is the fuel surcharge collected on behalf of the OO and never fully passed on to the OO. That's pretty much fraud in my book. This is an item only government intervention can fix.

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The fuel surcharge being passed on, 100%, to the fuel purchaser was a key feature of the first attempt at governmental fuel surcharge legislature. While the carriers (Independent O/O's included)/brokers are capable of implementing a fuel surcharge program, the monies collected as a fuel surcharge are not always passed through, 100%, by the carrier/broker/freight forwarder.

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Legally a carrier could say that he's the purchaser and he only deducts it from the O/O revenue.
Put more teeth into act to cover hte END USER of the fuel or the person who actually BURNS the fuel. and that's the O/O.

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Canuck is correct; the bottom line is "say no to cheap freight".

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People who cannot negotiate a contract, or enforce it, have only themselves to blame for business failure.
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Mark; sees that the Nanny State will continue to flourish

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You hit the nail on the head canuck
We've got to stop looking to government to solve all of our problems...
Rose said
And one of those items is the fuel surcharge collected on behalf of the OO and never fully passed on to the OO. That's pretty much fraud in my book. This is an item only government intervention can fix.
That is what OOIDA and some lawyers can fix. we just have to be able to stand up for ourselves.
Phil said under quote
Canuck is correct; the bottom line is "say no to cheap freight".
value of freight is not my concern as to whether or not I haul it.
I say no to cheap rates. big difference.
Say what you mean ,mean what you say. No wonder this industry is so screwed up.
Many drivers are willing to help and get involved but have no idea how or where to start. Many more are not articulate enough to speak up for themselvs.. hence the OOIDA and others like it.
MOST drivers are not TNers and RT posters.
arent we lucky?

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So, you figure that the industry is "screwed up" because I chose to use a euphemism?
I'd suggest to you that it's more likely that the industry is "screwed up" because people such as yourself are unable to distinguish the difference between minutiae and that which is truly important.

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Uhmmm, Nitestar, bobc89431 said that. There ya go putt'in words in my mouth.

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