Government Affairs Committee

The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) Government Affairs Committee is charged with developing policies to guide the association’s stand on local, state and national issues. The committee meets via regularly scheduled calls and is tasked with:

  • Advocating for the industry by promoting highway safety

  • Providing educational programs and fostering a healthy business environment

  • Assisting in developing the association’s legislative agenda

  • Reviewing regulatory and legislative issues and assisting in determining the association’s position on those issues

  • Reviewing policy and position papers

  • Assisting with the development and promotion of the association’s annual Albany lobbying day

  • Continuing to develop and enhance the association’s Government Affairs program

Priority Issues:

Infrastructure Funding

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

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.

Workforce Development

TANY is working to get legislation introduced and passed that would create a younger driver pilot program in New York State. The pilot would allow drivers between 18 to 20 years of age to obtain a Class A CDL following the completion of an extensive training program. Additionally, the association has formed a Workforce Development Taskforce to work on programs that would attract individuals to the trucking industry.

Marijuana Legalization

TANY is working with legislators to address concerns related to highway safety impacts and ensuring adequate employer protections are included in legislation that would legalize the use of recreational marijuana in New York State.

Congestion Pricing

TANY continues to advocate for the exemption of commercial vehicles from any congestion pricing scheme in New York City.

Highway Use Tax (HUT) Repeal

TANY continues to keep the repeal of New York’s onerous Highway Use Tax as a top priority for the association.

Legislative Accomplishments:

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.
Defeated Proposed Toll Increases
As part of our continuing efforts to limit toll increases, TANY successfully defeated a proposed 45 percent truck-toll only increase on the New York State Thruway in 2012.
Defeated Proposed Route Restrictions
In 2008, we successfully defeated a proposed regulation to implement a series of truck route restrictions across the state, which would have significantly increased the cost and time to operate a truck in New York.
Independent Contractor Clarification
By showing the economic importance of independent contractors to the trucking industry, TANY was able to negotiate language to protect the independent contractor status in New York, which was slated to be eliminated through a concentrated legislative effort.

For more information on what the Committee is currently working on, please visit our Government Affairs and NYC Issues pages.