24 Apr 2017
Asking Congress for funds to increase the highway infrastructure is a top priority for trucking companies. Economic growth and increased job opportunities are necessary and important to these companies and their drivers. Mike Ducker, CEO and President of FedEx Freight, and Derek Leathers, CEO and President of Werner Enterprises, both recently testified before a Senate panel asking for more investments in the highway infrastructure “to safely and efficiently move the nation’s goods.” They both agree that there is a great need for improvement now, more than ever. There are many reasons that more support and further investments are necessary, but the primary concerns are traffic congestion, high freight demands and insufficient truck parking. These factors combined cause traffic backups and subsequently, added stress on the drivers. Most companies and organizations support the increase for federal investments and understand that these investments would be beneficial to the drivers and create safer conditions for everyone.