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Government Affairs

Advocacy is a key component of the Trucking Association of New York's (TANY) strategic plan. In addition to TANY President Kendra Hems serving as a registered lobbyist for the association, TANY also retains Catalyst Government Relations and CMW Strategies to maintain a constant presence at both the New York State Capitol and New York City Hall.

TANY’s legislative affairs efforts have resulted in key victories for the trucking industry in New York, including:


Successful in passing legislation to prohibit indemnification clauses from being included in shipping contracts, which would hold the carrier liable for all incidents regardless of fault.

APU Weight Allowance

Successful in passing legislation providing for a weight allowance of up to 400 pounds for vehicles fitted with an auxiliary power unit (APU).

Independent Contractor

Successful in passing legislation – The NYS Commercial Good Transportation Industry Fair Play Act – that protected the independent contractor model in New York State

Ton-mile Tax & Highway Use Tax Relief

Over the years, TANY has successfully advocated for multiple reductions in the Ton-Mile Tax (TMT) rates and was instrumental in eliminating Thruway miles from the TMT calculation.  Full repeal of the TMT/HUT remains a top priority of ours.

Tax Repeal

TANY successfully fought to repeal the Gross Receipts Tax in New York, reduce the Petroleum Business Tax and provide a sales tax exemption on tractor trailer sales and parts.

Route Restrictions

Defeated proposed regulations to implement a series of truck route restrictions across the state.


Prevented a 45% truck only toll increase from being implemented on the NYS Thruway

TANY’s current legislative priorities include:

Workforce Development

TANY continues to work toward addressing the driver shortage by advocating for legislation to allow drivers between 18 – 20 years of age to obtain a Class A CDL for intrastate operation following the completion of an extensive training program.

Read more here.

Highway Use Tax

A long time priority for TANY has been repeal of New York’s onerous Highway Use Tax. New York is only one of four states in the country which continues to impose this truck only tax. 

Read more here.

Truck Parking

TANY is advocating for funding to open any rest areas that are currently closed across the state, as well as for funding to improve and expand available truck parking options including the use of technology that will assist drivers in finding available parking.

Read more here.

Infrastructure Funding

As New York’s highways continue to deteriorate, TANY has made increased infrastructure funding a top priority.

Congestion Pricing

TANY continues to oppose congestion pricing in New York City. Exemption of commercial vehicles from a congestion fee is a top priority of the association

Read more here.

Marijuana Legalization

As New York moves toward legalization of marijuana, TANY is working to ensure highway safety impacts are considered and employer protections are in place.

Read more here.

Commercial Vehicle Side Guards

At both the state and city levels, TANY has been successful in preventing legislation which would require commercial vehicles to be outfitted with side guards, this remains a top priority of the association.

what's your issue?

TANY’s Government Affairs Committee discusses issues of concern and then determines what the association’s course of action will be to address them. Let us know what issues are impacting your business.