The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) is supporting a move by members of the U.S. House of Representatives which will "express the sense of Congress" that the 12% Federal Excise Tax (FET), which applies to the purchases of truck tractors, trailers, and most straight trucks, among other items, not be increased. House Concurrent Resolution 33, introduced by Congressmen Ribble (R-WI) and Tim Walz (D-MN), along with 17 other bipartisan cosponsors, would not have the force of law, but it is an important symbolic gesture which shows the staunch opposition to any potential FET increase that will be present during consideration of the next federal highway bill which is expected to take shape later this year. [...]
The Truck Renting and Leasing Association is urging an Appellate Court of Oregon to preserve the ability for motor carriers to enter into agreements with owner-operators who voluntarily "lease" themselves, along with a vehicle, to said motor carriers. TRALA, along with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), has filed an amicus brief in support of CEVA Freight in the case of CEVA v. Oregon Employment Department, after the Office of Administrative Hearings for the Employment Department essentially ruled that owner-operators who had voluntarily leased themselves to CEVA Freight were employees, and not independent contractors. If the initial ruling is not overturned, CEVA Freight and other companies using the same business model will have to pay Oregon unemployment tax on the compensation paid to the independent contractors. [...]
Alexandria, VA – March 23, 2015 – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), a voluntary, non-profit national trade association that provides a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry, announced during its Annual Meeting Awards Dinner on March 18 the winner of its annual “Driver of the Year” Award which is sponsored by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. [...]
EnRoute - March 15, 2015
TRALA is on-site at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for its 2015 Annual Meeting. the next issue of EnRoute will be published on March 25, 2015.