WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation executive Dale Krapf testified on Tuesday before Congress on legislation that includes provisions for passenger carriers and addresses passenger safety.
Krapf is the immediate past chairman of the board of the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) and chairman of The Krapf Group, one of the largest passenger transportation companies in the U.S. Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the Krapf Group is also a pupil transportation provider.
Krapf testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Highways and Transit Subcommittee. He focused his remarks on the implementation of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015). Krapf served as chairman of the board for UMA during the majority of the time in which policy development and implementation of the FAST Act took place.
"The important motor carrier policies enacted in the FAST Act were just in a nick of time," Krapf told the House subcommittee. "The nation needs and deserves a thriving passenger carrier industry supported by rules and regulations that actually improve safety."
Krapf also testified on behalf of the FAST Act’s impact on members of the National School Transportation Association.
Signed into law in December 2015, the FAST Act included provisions that passenger carriers had called for, such as sending the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) back to the drawing board regarding financial responsibility limits and a major overhaul of the FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) program. Other key provisions in the comprehensive legislation include equal access for motorcoaches on toll and HOV/HOT lanes and accountability to Congress regarding the length of time it takes to process new entrant applicants.
Krapf also explained the importance of passing H.R. 2120, known as BUSREGS-21, and other reforms designed to increase passenger safety, support regulatory reform, and promote industry growth to best serve the traveling public and boost the nation’s economy.
The hearing was streamed live on Tuesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, and the recording can now be viewed here.