Congress has taken a major step to help struggling for-hire transportation providers get back on their feet by requiring the General Services Administration (GSA) to sell half of the vehicles it sends to auction each year directly to the for-hire industry. The action was taken to help small businesses hit particularly hard by COVID.

“We cannot thank Representative Carol Miller (R-WV) enough for introducing this legislation today,” stated Bill Yuhnke, president of The Transportation Alliance (TTA). “Let me be clear, this is not a government handout, nor are these vehicles being given to us.”

For-hire transportation services include fleet operators in non-emergency medical transportation, on-demand transportation, taxis and charter fleets. These small businesses serve as a lifeline for individuals who may not have access to private vehicles or public transportation. In many communities, private fleets provide a vital link to essential services, employment opportunities, and social activities. The industry serves some of the most vulnerable populations – including seniors, those with disabilities, and people with transportation and food insecurities.

For-hire transportation services contribute significantly to the local economy by providing employment opportunities for drivers and supporting various related industries such as vehicle maintenance, insurance, and fuel services.

Source: The Transportation Alliance 

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