AMSA-Press-Release

                                                           News Release
      Moving America Professionally
        American Moving & Storage Association   1611 Duke Street | Alexandria, VA 22314 | (703) 683-7410
                                                                
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For Immediate Release:                                          Contact:  John Bisney, Director of Public Relations
August 9, 2011                                                                            (703) 706-4986   jbisney@moving.org
 

AMSA Statement on the Administration’s
New Fuel Economy Standards for Heavy Trucks
 
(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) – AMSA President and CEO Linda Bauer Darr today issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration’s first-ever fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks: 
 
“The American Moving & Storage Association advocates sensible, balanced policies that would ensure ample energy supplies at affordable prices while protecting the environment.  To do so, we support economically feasible standards that would reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  We also appreciate the president’s approach of pursuing performance standards over equipment standards, which would provide more flexibility to both truck manufacturers and fleets.
 
“The economy, however, remains the central consideration for the moving industry, already hard-hit by the recession and the decline in the housing market.  To prevent further damage to AMSA members, implementation goals must take into account the fragile economic state of our industry; and vehicle purchasing deadlines must weigh the cost to operators and accommodate their normal equipment turnover cycles.
 
“The moving industry is already facing other regulatory proposals with significant economic and operational consequences, including the impact on our members and the moving public of potential changes to hours-of-service rules, and an unfunded mandate for electronic onboard recorders on moving trucks.  At the same time, we are also pursuing the most important challenge we face as an industry:  our ongoing efforts to ensure effective enforcement of existing laws governing household goods movers.
 
“Without such enforcement, fly-by-night rogues will continue to rip off consumers and unfairly compete with our members, the nation’s legitimate, professional movers.  AMSA is establishing the ProMover brand as the trusted symbol of a quality mover, and we continue to push for marketplace recognition and government support of that brand.  But this is only a start, and the road to recovery for our industry is long.  Common sense and economically feasible regulations will go a long way toward getting us down that road.”
 
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The American Moving & Storage Association, home of the ProMover program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. The association has 3,500 members, including more than 200 international members, and sponsors programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency.
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