American Trucking Associations President sees other ways to pay for infrastructure in the next decade

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) urges a federal fuel tax increase to pay for infrastructure improvements, but ATA President Chris Spear sees that approach evolving in the next decade.

“I would be the first to say that the fuel tax is not sustainable long-term,” Spear said in an October 5 interview with FreightWaves at the ATA Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

But the long-term is the next decade, not today.

“There is no other alternative to recover the money required for the next 10 years,” Spear said. “The fuel tax is without question the most efficient, immediate (and) conservative way to fund infrastructure.”