Policy positions

MTA State Policy Positions

Business Competitiveness

  • Support balancing the state budget through spending cuts rather than tax and fee increases.

  • Oppose increases in truck-related taxes and fees for the general fund.

  • Support aligning Minnesota’s mandatory vehicle inspection requirements with federal vehicle inspection requirements conducted by qualified inspectors.

  • Support eliminating laws and regulations that put the Minnesota trucking industry at a competitive disadvantage.
     

Education

  • Support state initiatives for truck driver and technician training.

  • Support state grants for students entering truck driver and technician training.

  • Support tax incentives to help companies train entry level and returning truck drivers and technicians.
     

Energy

  • Support energy policies that encourage national uniformity in diesel formulation.

  • Support the development and use of natural gas as a truck fuel.
     

Environment

  • Support tax incentives to encourage the use of optional emission-reduction technologies.

  • Support national emission standards that are based on scientific evidence.
     

Highway Safety

  • Support increasing the number of parking spaces available for commercial trucks.

  • Support allowing commercial trucks to operate in all general purpose lanes.

  • Oppose different speed limits for cars and trucks.

  • Support continued development of optional, efficient and safe driver-assist technology.

  • Support limiting cell phones to hands-free only use while in a vehicle.

  • Oppose authorizing recreational use of marijuana. 
     

Labor

  • Support the existing statutory definition for independent contractors in the trucking industry.

  • Support aligning state prevailing wage statutes with the federal prevailing wage statutes.

  • Support the state pre-emption of local labor and employment laws to allow uniformity and competitive balance across the state.

  • Oppose efforts to mandate specific methods of pay to drivers.

  • Support labor and employment rules and policies that support the rights of both employers and employees.
     

Taxes

  • Support exempting the off-highway diesel fuel credit from an equivalent use tax.

  • Support eliminating the small business pass-through income tax rate of 9.85 percent.

 

Tort Reform

  • Support reducing Minnesota’s statute of limitations from 6 to 4 years.

  • Support repealing the seatbelt gag rule.

  • Support defining a tractor and trailer as a single motor vehicle for liability purposes.
     

Transportation Funding

  • Support increased funding to maintain and expand Minnesota's roads and bridges by dedicating general funds, maximizing bonding, and if necessary increasing the fuel tax.

  • Oppose alternative transportation funding mechanisms like tolls on existing general purpose lanes, mileage-based user fees, roadway and bridge privatization, wheelage taxes, street utility fees, and a gross receipts tax.

  • Support the constitutional dedication of any tax on transportation fuels to the state highway fund.
     

Vehicle Size and Weight

  • Support maintaining the maximum 53 foot trailer length.

  • Support gross vehicle weight increases to offset the added weight of emissions reduction and alternative fuel technology.

  • Support moving the artificial gross vehicle weight cap (80,000 lbs) to a gross axle weight regulation that maximizes the bridge formula and preserves infrastructure.

MTA Federal Policy Positions

Business Competitiveness

  • Support maintaining the current minimum liability insurance limits.

  • Support national uniformity in licensing, marking, and permitting for commercial trucks.

  • Support eliminating laws and regulations that put the trucking industry at a competitive disadvantage.

 

Education

  • Support reasonable entry-level driver training requirements.

  • Support state initiatives for truck driver and technician training.

  • Support state grants for students entering truck driver and technician training.

  • Support tax incentives to help companies train entry level and returning truck drivers and technicians.

 

Energy

  • Support energy policies that encourage national uniformity in diesel formulation.

  • Support the development and use of environmentally and economically viable fuel sources.

 

Environment

  • Support tax incentives to encourage the use of optional emission-reduction technologies.

  • Support national emission standards that are based on scientific evidence.

  • Support streamlined, balanced and uniform environmental reviews of proposed transportation-related projects.

 

Highway Safety

  • Support permanently removing the 30-minute rest break requirement from the hours-of-service rules.

  • Support reforming CSA to address such items as crash accountability, non-public scores, and warnings.

  • Support safety fitness determinations based on field audits.

  • Support allowing hair to satisfy US DOT testing requirements.

  • Support sleep disorder screening protocols developed only through a public rulemaking.

  • Support standardizing driver exemptions for various medical conditions (e.g., vision, diabetes, and limbs).

  • Support flexible sleeper berth rules to enhance safety.

  • Support increasing the number of parking spaces available for commercial trucks.

  • Support continued development of efficient and safe driver-assist technology.

  • Oppose mandated use of commercial vehicle speed limiters.

  • Oppose a Beyond Compliance Program as part of CSA.

 

Labor

  • Support the use of clear, industry specific definitions of employees and independent contractors.

  • Support the preservation of the existing overtime exemption for interstate drivers under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Oppose efforts to mandate specific methods of pay to drivers.

  • Support the pre-emption of state labor and employment laws by federal laws and regulations to allow uniformity and competitive balance across the nation.

  • Support balanced labor and employment rules and policies that support the rights of employers and employees.

  • Oppose expansion of joint employer determinations.

  • Support the use of only two worker status classifications.

  • Support creation of a graduated commercial driver’s license for drivers younger than 21 years old in interstate commerce.

 

Taxes

  • Support eliminating the federal highway excise tax on new truck purchases.

  • Support tax reform that is equitable between pass-through entities and corporations.

  • Support a federal tax credit for alternative fuel infrastructure.

  • Support a federal tax credit for alternative fuel commercial vehicles.

  • Support tax policies that allow for long-term business planning.

 

Transportation Funding

  • Support increasing funding to maintain and expand the nation’s roads and bridges.

  • Support increasing the federal fuel tax, and its indexing within reasonable limits, as the primary funding source for the highway program.

  • Oppose alternative transportation funding mechanisms like tolls on existing general purpose lanes, mileage-based user fees, and roadway and bridge privatization.

  • Support the dedication of any highway user revenues to the Federal Highway Trust Fund, without diversion to other non-road purposes.

 

Vehicle Size and Weight

  • Support maintaining the maximum 53 foot trailer length.

  • Support gross vehicle weight increases to offset the added weight of emissions reduction and alternative fuel technology.

  • Support removing the artificial gross vehicle weight cap (80,000 lbs.) to a gross axle weight regulation that maximizes the bridge formula and preserves infrastructure.

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