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Secretary Slater Announces BTS Sessions to Promote Reporting of Trucking Industry Financial Information

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American Government Trucking Topics:  Rodney E. Slater

Secretary Slater Announces BTS Sessions to Promote Reporting of Trucking Industry Financial Information

USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics
November 14, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Contact: David Smallen
Tel.: 202-366-5568
BTS 17-00

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has scheduled outreach sessions in four locations in December to provide information to large trucking companies on the requirements for reporting financial and operating statistics to the government.

"Information is the basis of a 21st Century transportation system that is intelligent in nature," Secretary Slater said. "We are acting on the direction of Vice President Gore, who said that in this Information Age, the key strategic resource is not land or capital -- it is knowledge."

"The sessions will continue the work of the BTS to increase the knowledge base for transportation decision-makers in the public and private sectors," Dr. Ashish Sen, BTS Director, said. "BTS’ Office of Motor Carrier Information will not only collect this information but will make it readily accessible."

Representatives of trucking companies with annual revenue of at least $3 million are invited to attend the sessions. These companies are required to file annual financial and operating statistics reports, while companies with at least $10 million must file quarterly reports in addition to the yearly filing.

BTS has scheduled eight half-day sessions in four regions. They will be held:

Friday, Dec. 1 in Washington, D.C.,
Monday, Dec. 4 in Chicago,
Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Dallas, and,
Friday, Dec. 8 in Los Angeles.

The sessions will explain who must file, which forms must be filed, the deadlines, how the reported data are used and by whom, how motor carrier companies can get annual and quarterly reports, how the data can be used for specific purposes, and how historical data can be purchased.

Trucking company representatives who wish to attend should contact Russell B. Capelle, Jr., assistant BTS director for motor carrier information, at (202) 366-5685 or at russ.capelle@bts.gov by Nov. 21. Additional information may also be obtained at www.bts.gov/mcs.

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