"The important motor carrier policies enacted in the FAST Act were just in a nick of time," UMA Immediate Past Chair Dale Krapf told a House Subcommittee. "The nation needs and deserves a thriving passenger carrier industry supported by rules and regulations that actually improve safety."

Mr. Krapf, Chairman of the Krapf Group, testified today about motor carrier provisions in the 2015 FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act, summarizing the written testimony he submitted to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

He outlined ways the Act expedited the process for new entrants to the industry and how it has improved prospects for growth and service to the traveling public. In addition, Krapf expressed gratitude that, as a result of passage of the FAST Act, FMSCA established a procedure for removing from a company's public safety record those crashes that were not preventable by the motor carrier and for which the motor carrier had no fault.

FMCSA Administrator Raymond Martinez testified immediately before Mr. Krapf's panel and fielded dozens of questions from Subcommittee members, including many about addressing the nation's motorcoach and truck driver shortages.

Mr. Krapf, testifying for both UMA and the National School Transportation Association, led a panel that included Mr. Mike VanMaanen of the Easter Missouri Commission Company on behalf of the Livestock Marketing Association; Captain Christopher Turner, president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance; and Ms. Jennifer Tierney, board member for the Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways, on behalf of the Truck Safety Coalition.

You can watch the entire hearing on YouTube by clicking here. Mr. Krapf's testimony begins at the 1:50 mark.