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February 9, 2010

America Outdoors Association Bulletin

Contact Your Members of Congress Today!

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Congress Proposes to Require CDL’s for Drivers of 9 to 15 Passenger Vans Used in Interstate Commerce. 
States and Federal Agencies May Adopt Federal DOT Standards for Intrastate Commerce.

Contact Your Members of Congress Today!
Tell Congress the outfitting industry has a good safety record.  This unnecessary regulation will cost thousands of jobs because it will create an acute shortage of CDL drivers, which are already hard to find in many areas.

The provision requiring a stringent commercial driver’s license endorsement (CDL) for 9 to 15 passenger vans is contained in The Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act (H.R. 1396 in the U.S. House of Representatives and S. 554 in the U.S. Senate).  The Senate bill has been approved by the Commerce and Transportation Committee.  The House bill also requires driver and event monitors, as well as, CDL’s and new federal inspections standards.  This bill is expected to be attached to a Highway Bill in the near future.

ACT TODAY TO STOP THIS UNWARRANTED REGULATION!
Call your Congressional Office today.  Go to the America Outdoors Association homepage: www.americapoutdoors.org for a model letter or use the following sample letters to customize and fax your members of Congress.

Go to Congress.org and type in your zip code to find fax numbers for your members of Congress.

You may also call the Capitol switchboard and ask to be connected to your Senators’ or Representative’s office.  Call their offices and tell them why you oppose H.R. 1396 and S. 554.
Senate switchboard to connect to your Senators office  (202)224-3121
House switchboard to connect to your Representative’s office (202)225-3121
You can also call the AOA Office at 800-524-4814 for fax and contact information.

SAMPLE LETTERS

Use these sample letters below to create your own letter on your letterhead.  Call the AOA office (800-524-4814) if you need assistance with contact information.  You can find an electronic version of this letter on the AOA website under Latest News (upper right side).  Do not send the letter by mail because it takes weeks to get to Congress.


FAX:

The Honorable ( enter Your Representative's Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative ________________

I am writing to express opposition to provisions in H.R. 1396 which will require increased regulation and impose new and more “stringent” Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) requirements for drivers of 9 to 15 passenger vans that cross state lines in the course of their business. The proposed legislation requires a CDL, electronic monitoring equipment and vehicle inspection even if transportation is incidental to the purpose of the business, as it is in my outfitting business.  This new regulatory requirement will make it very difficult for small, seasonal businesses to find drivers with CDL’s and will cost thousands of jobs as outfitters are forced to curtail their business.  Many outfitters operate along state borders and cross state lines.  H.R. 1396 would also require installation of expensive driver monitoring equipment.  States and federal agencies that permit outfitter operations may adopt the federal standard to receive highway funding.

We believe many outfitting businesses such as ours are being caught in a regulatory net cast for other transportation providers, where transportation is the primary purpose of the business.  The CDL requirement with its increased requirements may force some outfitters and guides providing seasonal recreation services out of businesses.  This unnecessary regulation will destroy jobs in an already fragile economy.

Therefore, I am urging you to support provisions that exempt outfitting businesses from the CDL requirement, installation of monitoring devices and federal inspection requirements where transportation is not the primary purpose of the business. 

A leading insurer of outfitters has provided the following data on the loss experience for outfitters using 9 to 15 passenger vans.  It clearly shows that this regulation is unwarranted and that the outfitting industry has a good driving record.

“Our leading provider of insurance for Commercial Automobile coverage for outfitters and guides is Progressive Insurance.  The insurer has disclosed the following:  From the period of 1-1-2006 through 12-31-2009 our office has placed $1,973,104 in premium with Progressive in Outfitters Commercial Automobile coverage.  The total claims paid equals 15.06% of the written premium, above.  During this time there is no record of a major claim involving a 9-15 passenger van.  There is no record of a fatality or serious bodily injury in this book of Progressive Insurance business.  The majority of claims are for physical damage to insured vans, repairs to the van itself.”  Jim Sattler, Sattler Insurance, Lewiston, ID.  January 2010.

Thank you for your support for small business.  I look forward to hearing from you about this matter.

Sincerely,
 



Fax:

The Honorable (enter Your Senator's Name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator ________________

I am writing to ask you to oppose provisions in S. 554 which require Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) for drivers of 9 to 15 passenger vans operated by small businesses that cross state lines. The proposed legislation requires a CDL and vehicle inspections even if transportation is incidental to the purpose of the business.  This new regulatory requirement will make it very difficult for small, seasonal businesses to find drivers with CDL’s.  The legislation also requires increased training and testing requirements for CDL drivers. 

This legislation will cost thousands of jobs in the outfitting industry without improving the safety record for outfitters, which is already good!

We believe many small businesses such as ours are being caught in a regulatory net cast for other transportation providers, where transportation is the primary purpose of the business.  The CDL requirement, with its more stringent testing requirements, may force some outfitters and guides providing seasonal recreation services out of business.

The largest insurer of 9 to 15 passenger vans for outfitters has provided the following data on the loss experience.  It clearly shows that this regulation is unwarranted. 

“Our leading provider of insurance for Commercial Automobile coverage for outfitters and guides is Progressive Insurance.  The insurer has disclosed the following:  From the period of 1-1-2006 through 12-31-2009 our office has placed $1,973,104 in premium with Progressive in Outfitters Commercial Automobile coverage.  The total claims paid equals 15.06% of the written premium, above.  During this time there is no record of a major claim involving a 9-15 passenger van.  There is no record of a fatality or serious bodily injury in this book of Progressive Insurance business.  The majority of claims are for physical damage to insured vans, repairs to the van itself.”  Jim Sattler, Sattler Insurance, Lewiston, ID.  January 2010.

The outfitting industry has a good driving record.   Many outfitters offer services on resources that make up state borders.  Therefore, they cross state lines but only provide transportation as a service that is incidental to their operation.  States and federal agencies that permit outfitter operations may also adopt the federal standard to receive highway funding.

Please oppose S. 554 unless the CDL requirement for 9 to 15 passenger vans is removed.  Thank you for your support for small business.  I look forward to hearing from you about this matter.

Sincerely,

 

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Knoxville, TN 37939

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