I recently wrote to my congressman to oppose federal legislation that would limit the amount of insurance coverage trucks are required to maintain. Without adequate insurance, a family victimized by a negligent tractor trailer truck may be denied compensation as there will be no way to recover for the losses caused. The company simply closes up shop and re-opens under a different name. While I am not surprised that he supported business over victims rights, I was taken aback at how proud he was to be supporting the trucking industry. Not so much as an acknowledgement of the victims interests in the matter. The email I received from the Congressman Gowdy is below.
July 1, 2014
Mr. Richard V. Davis
2064 Cleveland Street Ext
Greenville, SC 29607-3604
Dear Mr. Davis:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). I appreciate hearing from you.
On June 10, 2014, the House of Representatives passed with my support the 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The legislation included an amendment to protect small businesses by prohibiting the FMCSA from increasing insurance requirements for additional liability coverage.
I have consistently supported policies that increase jobs and foster healthy economic conditions, and I understand how repeatedly changing government laws and regulations creates uncertainty and hinders small businesses throughout the nation and in the Fourth District. I will continue to look for efforts to create affordability, predictability, and stability in the transportation sector as the House develops the transportation reauthorization bill and other legislation that impacts transportation industries.
Thank you again for contacting our office. We hope you will let us know if we can ever be of assistance to you.
Member of Congress